2013-2014 AMERICAN FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS/RESEARCHERS
Home Institution: Saint Michael’s College, Burlington, Vermont
Host Institution: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
Project Title: Global Media, Health, Community, and Education in Malaysia
Dr. Jon Hyde is a documentary photographer and professor of global media and digital arts. He received his Ph.D. from New York University’s graduate program in Media Ecology and he resides in Burlington, Vermont, with his wife and colleague, Dr. Kimberly Sultze. Their environmental photographs have won a variety of awards and have been featured in gallery exhibits and in publications by Audubon, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the National Wildlife Refuge Association (www.hydesultze.com). Over the past 20 years, Dr. Hyde has taught courses in the areas of global media, health, education, and digital media arts production (documentary film, photography, TV and the web). He helped create and later directed the interdisciplinary Global studies Program at St. Michael’s College. He has conducted research and led student trips to Europe, the Middle East, and South and Central America. Most recently, he helped coordinate and conduct an on-going media education program in Bhutan that investigated media change and gross national happines in conjuction with the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy.
As a Fulbright grantee Dr. Hyde will be working in Borneo at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, where he will be teaching courses in global media and digital film through the faculty of Applied and Creative Arts. His research focus is on international issues and the impact that digital media are having in the areas of education, human health, cultural diversity, and the environment.
Home Institution: Saint Michael’s College, Burlington, Vermont
Host Institution: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
Project Title: Media, the Environment and Convergence
Kimberly Sultze is a media studies professor and environmental photographer at St. Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont, where she teaches courses in visual media, environmental studies, creative writing, and the social and cultural impacts on new media technologies. She received her undergraduate degree from Carleton College, and her M.A. and Ph.D from New York University’s interdisciplinary program in Media Ecology. As a visual artist, she works in collaboration with her husband, Dr. Jon Hyde. Their photography has been recently featured in more than 20 gallery exhibits nationwide, and published by organizations including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Wildlife Refuge Association, and the Audubon Society. Her research and artistic interests concern issues of biodiversity, wildlife, and conservation. She and her husband have photographed in national parks and preserves throughout Central America, South America, the United States and Canada. (Their work can be seen at www.hydesultze.com).
For her Fulbright grant, Dr. Sultze is affiliated with the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, where she will be teaching courses in visual and environmental media and extending her photographic work into an exploration of Malaysia’s rich biological and cultural diversity.
Home Institution: Department of Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minnesota
Host Institution: Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang
Project Title: Academic Staff in Malaysia: Individual and Institutional Responses to a Changing Workplace
David W. Chapman is Distinguished International Professor and Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches in the graduate program in Comparative and International Development Education. He also holds an appointment in the graduate program in Higher Education. His specialization is in international development assistance. His research has examined, among other things, the career development of educators, the impact of national policy on school practice, the impact of teacher training on teachers’ classroom behavior, and the role of higher education in national development. He has worked on development assistance activities in over 50 countries assisting national governments and international organizations in the areas of educational policy and planning, program design and evaluation. He has authored or edited ten books and over 150 book chapters and journal articles, many of them on issues related to the development of educational systems in international settings. He recently served as Team Leader for a two-year Asian Bank study of higher education in Asia and he currently serves as Team Leader for a UNESCO statistics-sponsored study of the growth of graduate education in Asia.
Home Institution: Department of Engineering Education, Utah State University
Host Institution: Center for Engineering Education, University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Project Title: Technology-Enhanced, Outcome-Based Learning Environments to Improve Undergraduate Engineering Education: a Malaysian and American Collaboration
Ning Fang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Utah State University. His areas of interest include computer-assisted instructional technology, curricular reform in engineering education, the modeling and optimization of manufacturing processes, and lean product design. He earned his Ph.D., MS and BS degrees in mechanical engineering. In 2010, he served as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, he will be in Malaysia conducting research on if and how computer simulation and animation improves the learning of Malaysian students in a foundational undergraduate engineering course. In collaboration with his Malaysian colleagues, he will study if student learning outcomes are associated with students’ diverse characteristics such as their meta-cognitive skills, self-regulation, critical thinking, task value, and self-efficacy. Dr. Fang’s prior experience with international research involved five institutions of higher education in China and Germany. His Fulbright research grant is in affiliation with the Center for Engineering Education at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai.
Home Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Host Institution: Universiti Malaya
Project Title: Tangible Intangibles: Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Performance in Malaysia
Kathy Foley is a professor of Theatre Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She teaches in the Theatre Arts Department and has also taught at University of Hawaii, Yonsei University, and Chulalongkorn University. She is author of the Southeast Asia section of Cambridge Guide to World Theatre and editor of Asian Theatre Journal, and her articles have appeared in TDR, Modern Drama, Asian Theatre Journal, Puppetry International, and other journals and various books. She trained in mask and puppetry in the Sudanese region of Indonesia and was one of the first non-Indonesians invited to perform in the Indonesian National Wayang Festival (Pekan Wayang). As an actress, she has developed Shattering The Silence: Blavatsky, Besant, Rukmini Devi and Fox Hunts Freedom Fighters: Queen Min and Yu Kwan Sun. She has curated exhibitions of Puppets and Masks for the East-West Center Galley in Hawaii, the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. and other institutions. Her research has been supported East-West Center, Asian Cultural Council, Soros Foundation, Hewlitt-Packard Foundation and Yale Institute of Sacred Music, among others. She is also a Punch and Judy professor.
Home Institution: Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Host Institution: Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
Project Title: Weathering Change: Suluk Networks across the Sulu and South China Seas, 1878-1963
Anthony David Medrano is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with interests in seas and oceans, technology and culture, and all things (people, ideas, diseases, and goods) that move around. He earned a BA in Political Science from Humboldt State University, MA’s in Political Science and Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and the East-West Center, and has done language study at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the Universitas Indonesia.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, he will be in Malaysia researching the geography of Suluk genealogies, the place of the Suluk in the formation of modern Sabah, as well as lighthouse, harbor, and submarine cable development across the Sulu and South China Seas. His Fulbright project forms an integral part of his dissertation, which is an ethnographic and archival study of imperial work and subaltern lives in the Eastern Indian Ocean. It traces the modern makings of a bounded, bordered, and built oceanic past through ecologies of commerce, communication, culture, and the trans-imperial archives of surveillance and control. His dissertation uses the distant but connected waters of North Borneo and the Persian Gulf as points of entry for mapping the ways in which the eastern Indian Ocean became an imperial domain of knowledge and practice in the wake of the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. During the course of his Fulbright project, Mr. Medrano will be affiliated with the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA) at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the Universiti Malaysia Sabah in Kota Kinabalu.
Home Institution: The University of California, Santa Cruz
Host Institution: Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIBF), IIUM
Project Title: Entrepreneurship and Islamic Revivalism in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sarah Kelman is a Ph.D. candidate in cultural anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She earned her M.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012 and B.A. in anthropology and English literature from the University of Virginia in 2006. Her Fulbright research is focused on the intersections between religious and economics life among Malay entrepreneurs who primarily work in the creative arts, media and design fields in Kuala Lumpur. Her previous research experience includes studies on the legal rights of Mozambican refugees in South Africa, as well as racial minority communities among university students in the United States.
Kumar Kartik Amarnath
Home Institution: DePauw University
Host Institution: Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB)
Project Title: Development and Disability-Spatial Access and Agency for Kuala Lumpur’s Blind Population
Kartik Amarnath is a recent graduate holding a BA in Biology with minors in Anthropology and Philosophy. He was a member of DePauw University’s Honor Scholar program where his senior thesis focused on the urban ecology of slum communities in Chennai, India. His primary academic interests are in political ecology, urbanism, environmental health, and critical theory. He has prior field research experience studying environmental health in urban Atlanta, migrant farm worker camps in the Southeastern United States, and slum communities in Chennai. He spent his childhood living in four countries and graduated from high school at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, Kartik will be in Kuala Lumpur researching accessibility and agency for KL’s sizable blind population situated in the neighborhood of Brickfields. With recent planning initiative, intensive construction and spatial changes have taken place in Brickfields, where this population has resided for over half a century. Kartik’s project examines the health outcomes of radical changes in the urban landscape and community responses to these alterations. This research will be carried out in affiliation with Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) and faculty at University Teknologi Mara (UITM).
Home Institution: Pomona College – Claremont, CA
Host Institution: Teach for Malaysia
Project Title: Transformational Change: Teacher Impact on Student Attitudes in Teach For Malaysia
Amal Karim is a graduate of Pomona College with a BA in Politics. Her academic interests include international development, education policy, and democratization in the developing world. For the past two years, she has taught middle school English on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota as a corps member with Teach for America (TFA). Amal has also worked for TFA’s Institute to train and mentor incoming teachers to the program.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, she will based in the Kuala Lumpur office of Teach for Malaysia (TFM) researching the effectiveness of TFM teachers on developing long-term academic and personal traits and mindsets in their students. Following her year in Malaysia, Amal plans to attend graduate school for public policy with a focus on international development.