2008 Tinker Grantee Narratives

ARTINIAN, JUAN PABLO. A second-year history student from Argentina, working on “Armenian Diaspora in Buenos Aires,” returned in the summer of 2008 to conduct archival research as well as interviews. His project investigates the adaptation and settlement in Buenos Aires of Armenians fleeing genocide in the 1920’s.

BARRETO, DANNY. A Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literarture working on “Haunted Homes: Fear and Nation in the Literature of the Late Nineteenth-Century Galicia,” traveled to Spain in August of 2008 to examine Galician literature – particularly literature dedicated to Gothic subjects. His project examines the role of Gothic literature in the creation of national and regional borders in Galicia.

CULVER, MELISSA. A fourth-year student in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature working on “Ideologies of Domesticity,” went to Madrid during July and August of 2008 to research at the Biblioteca Nacional de España. Her research examines themes of gender in mid-nineteenth century Spanish women writers and their role in creating the realist novel in Spain as well as the erosion of inegalitarian principles in the domestic sphere.

ESPARZA, LOUIS. A fourth-year sociology student working on “Grassroots Human Rights Activism in Bogotá,” is conducting field research in poor neighborhoods in the Colombian capital. His research explores the motivation of community organizers to participate in “high risk activism” and its role in grassroots militancy in Colombia.

ESPINOZA, PAOLA. A second-year student in the Ecology and Evolution Department working on “Speciation in the Tropics in the Light of Predation,” traveled to northwestern Ecuador to study how evolutionary mechanisms influence diversity. The study will provide preliminary data regarding predation as a source of selection driving the formation of distinct color morphs among populations of one species.

FERNANDEZ, ALVARO. A Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Languages and Literature working on “Constructing Memory: Trans-Atlantic Translations of Theories, Practices and Discourses,” traveled in June and August of 2008 to Buenos Aires to investigate sites and victims of state repression. His goal is to investigate historical memory during traumatic periods in Spanish and Latin American history.

GALLO, RICARDO. A Ph.D. candidate from Colombia studying music composition working on “Colombian Musical Folklore” traveled in July and August of 2008 to his home country to research folklore music recordings. He plans to use archival recordings and sources of Colombian folklore to contribute to his own musical composition project.

KNOWLTON, JESSIE. A Ph.D. student in Ecology and Evolution working on, “Effects of Climate Change and Habitat Destruction on Mixed Species Foraging Flocks of Birds in the Highly Endemic and Threatened Tumbesian Region of Ecuador,” is traveling to Ecuador to conduct field research. Her project will investigate how flocks of foraging bird species respond to climate and human altered habitats.

LAPENGA, PABLO. A third-year sociologist student from Argentina, working on “Disputed Environments: the Expansion of Genetically Modified Crops and its Discontents,” will travel to the Formosa Province of Argentina to conduct fieldwork investigating the spread of cultivation of genetically modified agricultural products. This is a study about the mechanisms and processes at the root of collective inaction in communities affected by the introduction of genetically modified crops.

MICHALOS, MARIKA. A history Ph.D. candidate, originally from Greece, working on “Tough Love: Ambassador Peurifoy in the Parallel National Lives of Greece and Guatemala,” will travel to Guatemala to conduct preliminary research in the Archivo General de Central America, the Archivo Historico of San Carlos University, and theArchivo Historico Arquidiocesano in Guatemala City. This research will contribute to her biographical research on the diplomacy of US Ambassador John E. Peurifoy during his tenure in Guatemala and Greece during the 1950’s.

SCALENA, MATTHEW. A third-year history student, working on “‘At such times everything but real blood, flows in Panama:’ the Ithmus, Border Construction, and the Explosion of Illicitness across the Americas,” will conduct research at various archival sites in Panama, especially the Archivo Nacional de Panama. This is preliminary research that will contribute to a larger study on the illicit flows across twentieth-century Panama.

SILVA, NATALIA. A second-year student in Ecology and Evolution, working on “Understanding Spatial Patterns of Hummingbird Communities in the Northern Andes,” will return to her home country of Colombia this December and January to conduct field research. This project will investigate ideas on the spatial variation of hummingbird traits and community composition in the Colombian Andes.

CRISTINA, SOLER. A fifth-year Hispanic Languages and Literature student from Spain, working on “Silent Censorship: Writers of the Franco Dictatorship and their Segregation in the Spanish Literary Discourse,” traveled to Barcelona in the summer of 2008 to conduct preliminary field work at the Biblioteca Mercé Rodoreda and theBibioteca de Cataluña. Her research concerns the sometimes paradoxical ideology of Spanish women authors who supported the Franco regime during its first 25 years.

ULLOA, CAROLINA. A doctoral student from Colombia studying Ecology and Evolution, working on “Thermal Environment and Evolution of Thermal Performance Curves in Amphibians,” traveled to Costa Rica and Ecuador to conduct preliminary fieldwork. Her research investigates how amphibians adapt physiologically to changes in climate.


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