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Spring 2009 International Opportunity Grant Recipients

Please click on the name of a recipient for a more complete descripton of the project.

 
Recipient School/Department Purpose of Travel Countries
Jonathan Bowman
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences: Communication Studies Research: "Impact of of Communication Technologies on the Ngobe Bogle Indians of Bocas del Toro Panama
Tara Ceranic
Assistant Professor
School of Business Research: "Grenada Chocolate Company: Deliciously Responsible" Grenada
Leeva Chung
Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences: Communication Studies Attending CIEE Seminar South Korea
Alana Cordy-Collins
Professor
Arts & Sciences: Anthropology Research: "Pre-Columbian Andean Seafaring" Galapagos Islands
David De Haan
Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences: Chemistry Co-Chairing Conference at the American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly entitled "Heterogeneous and liquid-phase chemistry of aerosol and cloud" Canada
Kokila Doshi
Professor
School of Business Presenting paper at Western Economic Association International biannual Pacific Rim Conference entitled "Diffusion of Innovations at the Bottom of the Pyramid" Japan
Kevin Guerrieri
Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences: Languages and Literature Presenting paper at XXVII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association Brazil and Colombia
John Halaka
Professor
Arts & Sciences: Art Research: "Forgotten Survivors: Memories of a Fading Generation" Palestine & Israel
Jerome Hall
Professor
Arts & Sciences: Anthropology Research: "The Kinneret Boat Project" Israel
Bobbi Hansen
Associate Professor
SOLES Building partners for collaborative research on peace education Costa Rica
Anita Hunter
Associate Professor
School of Nursing Training workshop for doctors and nurses in Uganda and assess the water quality in Mbarara district Uganda
Frank Jacobitz
Professor
School of Business: Engineering Research: "Anisotropy and Scalar Properties of Rotating Sheared Turbulence: Direct Numerical Simulations and Coherent Vortex Extraction France
Kathleen Kramer
Professor
School of Business: Engineering Participating in the 4th International Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents New Zealand
Belinda Lum
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences: Sociology Research: "Impact of of Communication Technologies on the Ngobe Bogle Indians of Bocas del Toro Panama
Alyson Ma
Assistant Director
School of Business Presenting paper at a conference entitled "China, Japan and the US: Deeper Integration" Japan
Elena McCollim
Program Director
Institute for Peace and Justice Research: "Conflict Mediation in Guatemala: Public Policy Implications of Evaluation of Conflict Mediation Programs" Guatemala
Whitney MacIntyre-Miller
Research Assistant
SOLES Research: "Post-Conflict Community Development in Sierra Leone" Sierra Leone
Lance Nelson
Professor
Arts & Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies Presenting at conference entitled "Waters in South and Southeast Asia" Indonesia and India
Alejandro Meter
Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences: Languages and Literature Presenting at at workshop entitled: "Jewish Latin American Culture Revisited: Conflicting, Complimentary, Exclusive Identities" Brazil
Noelle Norton
Professor
Arts & Sciences: Political Science Research: "Voting Beyond Their Shores: A Comparative Analysis of Legislative Attention to Global Women's Issues in Great Britain, the European Union and the United States" England, France & Luxembourg
Clara Oberle
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences: History Presenting a paper at a the health to Welfare: Diversity and Convergence conference entitled: "Allied Housing Policy in Postwar Berlin, 1945-1949" Greece
Amanda Petersen
Instructor
Arts & Sciences: Languages and Literature Presenting paper entitled: "Present Absence in Cristina Pacheco's Short Fiction" Brazil
Patricia Plovanich
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies Presenting a paper at a conference entitled: "The Culture of Catholicism in the United States" Germany
Michael Ramsey
Professor
School of Law Research on South African law on the application of international human rights standards in national courts South Africa and Zambia
Jason Ruedi
Officer Instructor
Naval Science Research: "Securing Peace: Transition and Reform in Nepal" Nepal
Dustin Sharp
Program Office
Institute for Peace and Justice Research to lay the groundwork for the establishment of an African peacebuilding program Sierra Leone
David Shirk
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences: Political Science Presenting paper entitled "Judicial Process and Judicial Reform: Comparative Analyses" at the Latin AMerican Studies Association conference Brazil
Leonora Simonovis
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences: Languages and Literature Preseting paper entitled: "Marginalizacion de la cultura or reivindicacion de lo marginal? Algunas aproximaciones a la cultura musical caraqueña" Brazil
Monica Stufft
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences: Theatre Arts Organizing the Performance Studies international conference and research United Kingdom
Charles Tu
Associate Professor
School of Business Research on Dongtan China
Randy Willoughby
Professor
Arts & Sciences: Political Science Presenting paper entitled "Chinese and French Institutions and the New Nuclear Order" at Wellington Conference New Zealand
 

Jonathan Bowman, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Communication Studies
bowman@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The main purpose of this study was to conduct qualitative and quantitative measurement of social and cultural attitudes towards individuals possessing a skill set associated with new communication technologies, including subsequent assessment of sociological norms and the impact on local communication patterns both within and between native and expatriate US populations. A secondary purpose was to foster increased collaborative linkages between both USD and the Universidad Tecnologica de Panama, with the potential opportunity of building an international service-learning immersion trip associated with the nonprofit institution Impacto Foundation.

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Tara Ceranic, PhD

School of Business
tara@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Ceranic will be visiting St. George’s in Grenada in order to finish collaborating with her coauthor (Wendy S. Harman, PhD: Assistant Professor, St. George’s University School of Arts and Sciences) on a project titled: Grenada Chocolate Company: Deliciously Responsible. They have been conducting research and working on a teaching case based upon the Grenada Chocolate Company (http://www.grenadachocolate.com/) for several years, yet have not be able to finish the case due to the inability to see the factory for themselves and speak to the owners and employees. However, with Wendy’s recent academic placement at St. George’s, this trip would provide them the opportunity to conduct on-site interviews and access all of the remaining information needed to finish the case.
Additionally, she will be using her time in St. George’s to assess its viability as a future Study Abroad location for USD students. Dr. Ceranic teaches Business & Society (undergraduate business core course) and is very interested in the possibility of bringing students to a location that utilizes eco-tourism and sustainable business (both course topics) as a way of life. Her time in Grenada will also allow me the opportunity to find organizations suitable for the facilitation of a service-learning component to the Business & Society course.

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Leeva Chung, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Communication Studies
leeva@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

CIEE’s new seminar “Understanding Modern Korea” was an absolute must for Dr. Chung's teaching, scholarship, and service. In the past ten years, South Korea has morphed from an agrarian nation into the world’s tenth largest economy and Asia’s fourth largest. As an intercultural scholar who looks at identity, pop-culture, and team development, the increasing rivalry between China and Japan in the region will absolutely impact her theoretical understanding and implication of this transformation of South Korea. Her second edition book, Understanding Intercultural Communication, with Dr. Stella Ting-Toomey, is in the process of being revised and renovated. Going to CIEE’s seminar allowed Dr. Chung to produce the most current and updated resources to examine the nature of Korea’s place in the evolving geopolitical and geoeconomic landscape of Asia. Topics listed (e.g., Modern and Pre-modern Korea; Modernization and Social Transformation in Korea; Korean and East Asian Economic Development Model; Confucian Korea: Past and Present; Contemporary Korean Pop Culture) will strengthen four book chapters: values, identity, conflict, and pop-culture. Her newest research agenda is linking plastic surgery and beauty to ethnic identity problems and struggles. Going to CIEE will benefit her contacts and allow her to discuss the transformation of ethnic identity in depth. Dr. Chung's research agenda is closely related to her teaching agenda. The possibility of adding more insight of South Korea will go beyond existing stereotypical views of South Korea and allow me to explore the dynamism of Korea’s past and current transformation—compare and contrast with her knowledge of China and Japan as well.

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Alana Cordy-Collins, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Anthropology
alanacc@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

During Dr. Cordy-Collins' 36 years of South American archaeological field work, one of her main areas of investigation has been cross-cultural contacts and influences. She, as well as other investigators have demonstrated that the ancient Ecuadorians sailed their large balsa wood rafts as far north as West Mexico on extended ventures. Some of the most intriguing possible contacts, however, remain to be adequately investigated. Both artifactual and written documents suggest that during the Inka Empire (and possibly earlier) mainlanders sailed considerable distances offshore, making contact with the inhabitants of Easter Island (Isla de Pascua/Rapa Nui) and at least some of the Galapagos Islands. This proposal funded the second part of research begun with IOG support on Easter Island, Chile that focused on stone masonry technology and petroglyphic iconography. There Dr. Cordy-Collins met her stated goal of producing a digital photographic data base of both categories to compare with mainland prehistoric examples, for instance, Inka stone architecture from the Cuzco region (where she excavated in 1989 and 1999). She followed a similar approach on the Galapagos, as well as mainland Ecuador and far north Peru (which is environmentally/prehistorically part of the Ecuadorian sphere), first by photographing artifact collections (mainly of ceramic wares in museums) that she could then compare to a photo data base of north coast mainland pottery that she's compiled over the last three and a half decades. She envisions the proposed research as the first stage in a larger, on-going investigative program that will lead to student.

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David De Haan, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Chemistry
ddehaan@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. De Haan co-organized and co-chaired a session with John Liggio of Environment Canada at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Joint Assembly, a major international conference. The session was entitled “Heterogeneous and liquid-phase chemistry of aerosol and cloud,” and has been proposed to the AGU. He also presented a research talk on aerosol-forming reactions between the most common aldeydes and amines in clouds.

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Kokila Doshi, PhD

School of Business Administration
kdoshi@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of travel is to present a paper at Western economic Association International (WEAI) biennial Pacific Rim Conference, on “Diffusion of Innovations at the Bottom of the Pyramid.”

The Pacific Rim Conference is hosted by 370 year old Ryukoku University. The University and WEAI attract research scholars from Kyoto Institute of Economic Research, Japan Economic Association and international scholars from around the world. In addition to presenting the paper to a diverse and international audience of researchers and policy makers, she also plans to meet scholars in my research field of Pacific Rim economic development and business environment. It will give her an opportunity to learn more about current research and to explore ideas for new research and will provide networking and collaboration possibilities.

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Kevin Guerrieri, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Languages and Literatures
kevin2@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

This project speaks directly to the international mission of USD and to Dr. Guerrieri's professional growth in scholarship, teaching, and service. He attends the international congress of the Latin American Studies Association on a regular basis. This is the most important association for researchers in his area of specialization, and the conference provides excellent opportunities to explore some of the most current tendencies in this interdisciplinary field. The paper he is going to present is part of his ongoing research projects on the topics of displacement, configurations of urban space, and subject formation in the contemporary Colombian novel. Likewise, he teaches Spanish 304, Cultural History of Latin America, which includes the study of Brazil. This trip will allow him to deepen his knowledge of this country and continue to strengthen this course. In addition, he has been working on a task force that is developing a minor in Latin American Studies. The LASA conference was an ideal setting to make contacts and work directly with colleagues from other institutions with similar programs. He also traveled to Colombia, where he conducted research for both the paper he later presented in Brazil and other projects.

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John Halaka

College of Arts and Sciences: Art
jhalaka@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

During the summer of 2008, Dr. Halaka began recording interviews in Palestine and Israel for two documentary film projects. In the first project he interviewed a few survivors of the Palestinian generation of the Nakba (the Great Catastrophe). He also researched, found and filmed the ruins of their destroyed villages inside Israel. The men and women from that generation experienced the destruction of Palestinian civil and political society as well as the ethnic cleansing of 85% of the Palestinian population from the land that became Israel in 1948. The survivors of that generation are now in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Many still live in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza and neighboring Arab countries while those who were not expelled in 1948, or managed to return to their homeland, live in Israel as Arab citizens of the Jewish State. Their stories have seldom been recorded, and their experiences and memories before, during and since 1948 are rapidly disappearing as that generation ages and dies. He returned to Palestine and Israel during the early summer of 2009 to continue recording interviews with these forgotten survivors, as well continue researching, finding and filming a few of the 531 Palestinian villages that were eradicated in 1948. The second documentary project that he began to work on during the summer of 2008 focused on the Palestinian Folkloric Dance troupe Wishah. Under the direction of the renowned choreographer Mohammed Abu Atta, Wishah’s aesthetics combines traditional folk dance forms with modern dance and non-verbal theatrical narratives to express aspects of the complex personal and collective existence of the Palestinians. Their art bridges the shattered past of Palestinian culture with the tragic present of life under occupation and reaches for the desired future of peaceful existence. He plans to continue recording interviews with Mohammed Abu Atta as well as several members of the troupe. If the opportunity permits during my trip, he will also film one or more of their performances. This film is part of a larger series of documentaries that explore the diversity of contemporary Palestinian Art. He is currently in the process of completing the second film in that series (focusing on the artwork of the sculptor Rana Bishara) and plan to have the third film (exploring the artwork of the photographer Rula Halawani) completed before he returns to Palestine during the summer of 2009.

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Jerome Lynne Hall, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Chemistry and Biochemistry
jeromeh@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of travel to Israel wa to finalize ongoing research on a 1st-century CE boat extracted from the Yam Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) in 1986.The final documentation includes mapping the exterior hull (including planking and fastener patterns) for final publication. This will allow the final phase of the computer-aided design (CAD) rendering of the vessel interior and exterior.

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Bobbi Hansen, PhD

SOLES
chansen@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

This project is intended fund a collaborative research investigation on peace education between an institution in Costa Rica and an elementary school in San Diego.

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Anita Hunter, PhD

School of Nursing
ahunter@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of this trip is to facilitate and further the interdisciplinary service work begun by the School of Nursing as consultants for building the first children’s hospital in Uganda and improving the health of the people of the Mbarara District. Faculty and students from nursing and chemistry have the opportunity to work in Mbarara in January to do the following: 1) Nursing: implement a pediatric training workshop for doctors and nurses who will begin work in the Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital. Establish two research data bases: one to assess the effectiveness of the workshops on improving pediatric services to reduce the mortality rate of children in this district; and the second to assess the effectiveness of the village health educator program implemented in September 2008 on preventing illness in children. 2) Chemistry: assess the water quality and identify potential contaminates affecting the health of the communities in the Mbarara district; identify the potential for contaminating the water supply by the Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital; collaborate with the Bwindi Gorilla Research Center in assessing the water quality and identify possible contaminates responsible for some of the zoonotic disease transmission between humans and animals (all affecting the health of the children in the Mbarara District).

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Frank H. Jacobitz, PhD

School of Business Administration: Engineering
jacobitz@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The main purpose of this travel is the continuation of Dr. Jacobitz's research collaboration with the group of Prof. Kai Schneider from the University of Provence, Aix-Marseille I. Their collaboration considers turbulent flow subjected to rotation and shear. The study is based on computational methods for both the simulation of turbulent flow and the interpretation of the data. His collaborator, Dr. Kai Schneider, has developed a mathematical framework based on wavelets to distinguish between highly correlated and random-like motion in turbulence fields. We have been able to gain a better understanding of the physical processes by excluding the random-like component, while focusing our attention on the highly energetic correlated motion. This work both increases basic knowledge of the dynamics of turbulence and it is also important in oceanic or atmospheric circulation models as well as in many engineering applications.

This visit has two particular goals: First, they want to investigate anisotropy properties of rotating sheared turbulence using both well-established measures and newly-developed wavelet-based quantities. The anisotropy of turbulence fields is directly linked to their evolution and can therefore yield a better understanding of the dynamics of such flows. Second, they plan to study the properties of scalar fields subjected to rotating sheared turbulence. Scalar fields represent nutrients of pollutants in the atmosphere and ocean. Their dynamics can be completely passive and controlled by the turbulence or they can actively contribute to the fate of the turbulence. Over the past year, Dr. Jacobitz has assembled an extensive data base of passive and active scalar fields in rotating sheared turbulence, which will be the foundation of this analysis. They hope that this work will result in another conference paper and journal article.

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Kathleen A. Kramer, PhD

School of Business Administration: Engineering
kramer@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The project is entitled “'Control of Inverted Pendulum System Using a Neural Extended Kalman Filter” and the purpose of the travel is participation in the 4th International Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents (ICARA 2009) that will be held in Wellington, New Zealand. ICARA 2009 is intended to provide a common forum for researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners throughout the world to present their latest research findings, ideas, developments and applications in the area of autonomous robotics and agents.

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Belinda Lum, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Sociology
b.lum@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The main purpose of this study was to conduct qualitative and quantitative measurement of social and cultural attitudes towards individuals possessing a skill set associated with new communication technologies, including subsequent assessment of sociological norms and the impact on local communication patterns both within and between native and expatriate US populations. A secondary purpose was to foster increased collaborative linkages between both USD and the Universidad Tecnologica de Panama, with the potential opportunity of building an international service-learning immersion trip associated with the nonprofit institution Impacto Foundation.

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Alyson Ma, PhD

School of Business
maa@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of travel is to present a paper at the conference entitled, “China, Japan and the United States: Deeper Integration.” The title of the paper is “Geography and China’s Processing Export Performance.” She also plan to explore new research ideas and discuss collaboration opportunities with researchers in other countries.

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Elena McCollim

Institute for Peace & Justice
emccollim@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

In June 2008, supported in part by an International Opportunities Grant, the institute conducted an assessment trip to Guatemala to help determine whether and how the institute might engage to support efforts to secure a sustainable peace with justice in that country.Through various steps taken since then, the institute is continuing to sustain and strengthen contacts in the country. This trip represents the next step toward developing an ongoing country project, analogous to the institute’s work in Nepal and Uganda.

The institute will partner with Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies faculty in a trip that would consist of establishing the parameters for conducting a number of evaluations both of existing conflict mediation projects and of the range of conflict mediation efforts across the country. This proposal envisions two dialogue processes: the first, a short-term set of meetings to take place in late May or early June to inform the KSPS research. The second is to be a more formal stakeholder consultation informed by the results of the research. It is anticipated that the stakeholder dialogue would, with the support of key Guatemalan entities, help to produce specific policy recommendations and promote follow-up to ensure their implementation.

The proposed project therefore constitutes a collaborative endeavor between the research capacity of the School of Peace Studies and the proven peacebuilding work of the institute. The institute, as an organization of practitioners, would facilitate the first dialogue and, later, the stakeholder dialogue. The institute would also use the information gathered during the process of establishing the parameters for conducting the above-referenced evaluations, in order to inform its own plans to work with Guatemalan practitioners to convene the stakeholder dialogue. Thus the dialogues together with the research consist of an iterative process.

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Whitney McIntyre Miller

SOLES
wmcintyremiller-11@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The title of this project is: Post Conflict Community Development in Sierra Leone. The purpose of this project is to collect research on the ways in which communities redevelop after conflict in Sierra Leone. Some of the important factors of consideration are leadership, reconciliation processes, physical reconstruction, and traditional means of community development. Research will be conducted in two communities which will enable comparisons to be made about these processes and their rates of success. This research will be used towards my dissertation and also towards published journal articles.

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Alejandro Meter

College of Arts and Sciences:Languages and Literature
ameter@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

After more than a century of Jewish presence in the history, cultures and societies of Latin America, and following the comings and goings, being and living within and without a hyphenated identity of Jews in those contexts, the question of exclusiveness and marginality concerning the Jewish communities of Latin America should be reevaluated. In the era of multidirectional universalism, hybridism and cross-border transnational linguistic and socio-cultural migrations, is it still relevant to discuss such notions as otherness and exclusion with regard to Latin-American Jews and/or Jewish Latin-Americans? This workshop proposes to reexamine some of the prevalent paradigms in the area of Latin American Jewish studies from an interdisciplinary standpoint, comprising history, literature, cinematography, sociology and psychology, and from distinct new perspectives elaborated recently in Latin America, the United States and Israel.

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Lance Nelson, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies
lnelson@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

As part of an ongoing research agenda on the connections between religion and environmental awareness in Hinduism, and also in preparation for a topics course Dr. Nelson is preparing on the “Past and Future of Gandhian Non-violence in India,” he visited Bali, Indonesia, to attend and present at a conference in Bali, Indonesia, entitled Waters in South and Southeast Asia: Interaction of Culture and Religion. The conference is sponsored by the South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion and was held at the Universitas Hindu Indonesia in Denpasar. Connected with the conference were guided tours of religious sites in Bali and Java. Dr. Nelson then went on to India to visit several ecological and social-justice activist organizations in India inspired by Gandhian ideals. These would include Manav Sadhna, is an NGO based at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat; the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune, Maharashtra; the Center for Science and the Environment in New Delhi, and the Eco Ashram in Rishikesh, Uttar Pradesh. The purpose was to interview participants and gather literature (often unavailable in libraries in North America) for an article on the continuing relevance of Gandhianism in India and for course preparation.

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Noelle Norton, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science
norton@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of this travel was to collect data and conduct interviews with both legislators and scholars about policy-making efforts and voting behavior on international women’s rights policy for a comparative analysis of the handling of global gender issues in three democratic assemblies: the British Parliament, the European Parliament, and the United States Congress. This project extended Dr. Norton's past publication record and current work on congressional handling of domestic women’s issues in the U.S. Congress to include a more valuable comparative analysis. Currently, there is little research, if any, on how democratic legislatures handle international women’s rights policy. Analysis of the support for international women’s issues will help us understand the role both male and female legislators play in global human rights and the shape and scope of state feminism in three unique assemblies. her intent is to present this research at the American Political Science Association conference in September 2009 and to complete a manuscript on legislative handling of international women’s right issues within the next year.

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Clara Oberle, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: History
oberle@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The premise of the conference is that though different European countries have taken different paths in responding to the problems of illness, homelessness, and poverty, there have been moments in history in which all of Europe mobilized and even cooperated in search for answers to these shared problems. The expressed intention of the conveners is to allow conference participants to examine direct connections between different European countries in their respective formulation of welfare policies. This will lead to further collaboration and possibly publications. The conference allowed Dr. Oberle to internationalize her understanding of welfare policies in twentieth-century Europe. This will be crucial for her own research and book manuscript on immediate postwar Berlin which she would like to expand so as to address common issues faced by war-ravaged cities elsewhere in Europe in 1945. Shared concerns were severe housing crises and the movements of refugees across national borders. .

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Amanda Petersen, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Languages and Literature
apetersen@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Petersen read a paper at the XXVIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, LASA 2009: Rethinking inequalities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She participated in a panel entitled “Mujer: Violencias de la desigualdad” by reading the paper, “Present Absence in Cristina Pacheco's Short Fiction”. This paper is part of a larger project on gender and violence in contemporary Mexican narrative by female authors.

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Patricia Plovanich, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies
pplov@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Plovanich teaches the upper-division theology course, “Catholicism in the United States” every fall. It is a popular topic with students and provides her many opportunities to explore the experiential and documentary history ofAmerican Catholicism from the viewpoint of life in the American West. The story viewed from this perspective yields a different viewpoint from publications by professors from theNortheast and Midwest. This perspective also differs radically from the impressions Germans have of American Catholicism. Presenting the paper in Eichstaett certainly brings such a perspective to Germanyunder the name of the University of San Diego. The potential for publication of a briefer version of the paper in “Stimmen der Zeit”, a Jesuit journal published out of Munich, is high (as they have featured more than a few articles about the American Church.

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Michael Ramsey, PhD

School of Law
mramsey@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of the travel is to conduct research and meet with faculty at the University of Cape Town in order to understand South African law on the application of international human rights standards in national courts. Dr. Ramsey's goal is for the research to produce an article directly comparing U.S. and South African experiences, and then to have it serve as the basis for a larger integration of comparative materials into my teaching and writing on the issue. He also hopes to extend the travel to visit the University of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia.

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Jason Reudi

Naval Science
jasonruedi@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The IOG funding will enable the the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) to to partner with the USD Naval Science department in order to conduct an on-the-ground assessment to analyze the changing security priorities in Nepal. The findings will: (1) advance academic understanding of the complex political and security dynamics of the newly elected administration in Nepal; and (2) facilitate a deeper dialogue between and among key actors and powerbrokers in Nepali security sector. The latter would deepen the IPJ’s development of peacebuilding programs to foster human security at the regional and national levels in Nepal.

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Dustin Sharp, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies
dsharp@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of this travel is to provide the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) with information regarding the current social, political, and economic context in Sierra Leone to determine whether and how IPJ might undertake a project to support Sierra Leone’s fragile peace process, and ultimately also provide opportunities for students seeking practical field experience in conflict resolution and human rights.

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David Shirk, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science
dshirk@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Shirk's travel to Brazil has provided him with invaluable insights for his teaching students interested in Latin America. Dr. Shirk has the opportunity to enhance and expand his scholarly research on democratization, public security, and the rule of law. His LASA conference paper will focus on the reform package passed by the Mexican Congress in 2008, which will introduce new features that proponents believe will modernize the justice system by bringing greater efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, and fairness to the administration of justice. The paper will draw on data, lessons, and experiences from the Justice in Mexico Project (www.justiceinmexico.org), and will benefit from exchange and feedback from his colleagues and fellow panelists working on these same issues in Brazil and Argentina (and insights from other conference panels). After the conference, he will submit his paper to a peer reviewed journal. Hence, this conference represents an opportunity to enhance his knowledge of Latin America and disseminate significant, policy-relevant research based at USD.

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Leonora Simonovis, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Languages and Literature
simonovis@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Simonovis' paper addresses issues of race and class in contemporary Venezuelan hip-hop music. This type of music connects with its counterpart in the US, but presents some interesting variations that evolve from the salsa musical tradition and that portrays itself as a political manifest for marginalized classes that find a way to voice their concerns through music. Next semester she will be teaching a class on the Literature and Culture of the Hispanic Caribbean, and will analyze the content of some of these songs and compare them to the hip-hop genre in the US. She believes that music and popular culture are doorways that give access to different cultures because they portray everyday life, but also frame the context for historical, social, and political analysis of the various communities that inhabit a certain place. The particular musical group that she will be working on has taken it upon itself to voice the concerns of the millions of inhabitants that live in the slums of Caracas. They, themselves, grew up in one of these cerros, as they are commonly called, and so people can identify with their music because it speaks from, and of, that common experience. Her theoretical framework is based on the concept of cannibalization. She believes that Latin American hip-hop in general cannibalizes American hip-hop and transforms it into a cultural product that speaks about the reality of the continent, thus turning, not into a form of de-colonization, but into a discourse that has political, racial, and class connotations, and whose contents vary according to the society to which it belongs.

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Monica Stufft, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Theatre Arts
mostufft@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of Dr. Stufft's trip was an intensive week of collaboration with two colleagues on two interrelated projects as part of the Performance Studies international (PSi) Performance and Pedagogy Subcommittee. The first project was to spend two days planning and organizing two three-hour shifts for the upcoming PSi conference in Zagreb, Croatia with Dr. Joe Zelleher and Dr. Rachel Fensham. These shifts involved most conference participants (approximately 500 in attendance from at least 25 countries) and was designed to investigate intersections of performance and pedagogy in the field of Performance Studies through a series of performative events. The second project, a manuscript, was drawn in part from the materials generated at the conference in addition to other sources. Dr. Fensham and Dr. Stufft are co-editing the text; five of the seven days will be spent working with her on this project.

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Charles Tu, PhD

School of Business
tuc@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of the proposed travel is to study Dongtan, the first sustainable city in China. Dongtan is located on Chongming Island, approximately 18 miles northeast to Shanghai. Dr. Tu plans to stay in Shanghai for four days to visit the site, meet with researchers who have studied the project, and discuss the project with local real estate professionals.

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Randy Willoughby, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science
rwilloug@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel
The purpose of the travel was to present the paper to the Wellington Conference on Contemporary China. Dr. Willoughby's project title is "Chinese and French Institutions and the New Nuclear Order."Dr. Willoughby has been working on a comparative study of the twilight zone between nuclear weapons and nuclear power focusing on France and China. He presented his work on this second project at the Wellington Conference. Since his research agenda coincides fully with his teaching agenda, working on these projects will help him advance my career long teaching ambition of moving from a one dimensional European specialist, to a multidimensional analyst with uneven expertise across various regions, to a Comparative analyst equally comfortable in several regions of the world.

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