Support for Local and Global Research and Teaching

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Students and faculty are researching in local and global communities thanks to support from the Dean’s Global Inquiries Fund and the Making a Difference in Diverse Communities program. Both initiatives provide funding for projects that investigate real-world challenges using the tools of the liberal arts. The Global Inquiries Fund supports a variety of activities including research, conferences, workshops, and course development, while Making a Difference in Diverse Communities grants encourage faculty to explore innovative ways of applying their expertise through a combination of coursework, research, and service. These projects typify the School’s commitment to driving global change and providing avenues for student and faculty to excel.

The projects funded by the Dean’s Global Inquiries program are:
  • Collaborative Pedagogies in the Global History of Science, led by Juan-Sebastián Gil-Riaño, Assistant Professor of History and Sociology of Science.
  • International Organizations in Crisis, led by Julia Gray, Associate Professor of Political Science.
  • Rivers Have Memory: Community Recovery of a Watershed in Times of Conflict and Transition, led by Kristina Lyons, Assistant Professor of Anthropology. 
The projects funded by the Making a Difference in Diverse Communities program are:
  • The Alice Paul Center Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Nonconforming Oral History Archive, led by Kathleen Brown, David Boies Professor of History and Director of the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women.
  • Cognitive Decline with Aging in Diverse Chilean Communities and in Comparison with Mexico and the U.S., led by Irma Elo, Professor of Sociology.
  • Memory and Identity in Afro-Brazilian Archives, led by Michael Hanchard, Professor and Chair of Africana Studies.
  • Life of Water: Community Resilience through Science and Art Immersion, led by Byron Sherwood, Senior Fellow in the Department of Biology.
  • Understanding the Effects of Mexico’s Prospera Program on Reducing Inequalities in Schooling and Academic Achievements in Diverse Communities, led by Petra Todd, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Economics.
  • Building Community Partnerships in the Galápagos Archipelago, led by Michael Weisberg, Professor and Chair of Philosophy.