Project Support: Australia

Dr. Kayln McDonough

Dr. Kayln McDonough is a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Melbourne and an advocate for social justice through sport, particularly for youth and using sport to strengthen communities. Her home institution is University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences’ Partnership for Healthy Communities. She is applying post doctoral research to sport programming she is …

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Elizabeth Schmidt wins Australia Project Support Award

Elizabeth Schmidt

Elizabeth Schmidt, a graduate of Western Sydney University, received our 2022 Project Support award to conduct a policy and media analysis of Australian policy on the rights and safety of LGBTQ refugees in detention. Her research aims to address the experiences and needs of these refugees during displacement. Upon her return to the U.S., Elizabeth …

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Daniel Sherrell

Daniel Sherrell, of the University of Adelaide, is writing a book centered around young people’s perceptions of climate change as it becomes an ever more serious threat. His LRE Project Support award will allow him to conduct ethnographic research on the island of Tuvalu concerning the challenges that its inhabitants are already facing as a …

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Victor Lopez-Carmen

Victor Lopez-Carmen, of Ithaca College, received our 2018 award to extend his public health research in Australian Indigenous communities to the Lokono-Arawak Tribe in Barbados. Upon his return, he shared the knowledge that he acquired with his Arizona tribe and is working towards becoming a doctor, a public health official and an Indigenous rights advocate …

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Travis Franks

This year’s award went to Travis Franks of Arizona State University for his dissertation comparing narratives of settler colonialism and literature in two Texas-es: the town of Texas, in Queensland Australia, and the US state of Texas. His research will explore the use of literary and musical tradition to imagine a collective identity tied to …

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Matthew Lee

Matthew researched of the causes of video game-related aggression, specifically the role of certain social mechanisms, such as game difficulty, user experience, community engagement and perceived social support, in encouraging or deterring anti-social toxicity manifested through cyberbullying and the intentional sabotage of other players’ experiences. Matthew’s findings contributed to his dissertation, which focused on a …

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Vince Redhouse

Originally, Vince set out to examine the effectiveness of deliberative democracy and hoped to apply his findings to US political theory with the aim of improving intercultural communication and the well-being of Native Americans. However, Vince’s research led him to examine the legitimacy of the rule of the Australian government over indigenous people, which he …

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William Lempert

His research in cultural anthropology looks at Indigenous media as an essential element for engaging and supporting some of the most culturally rich, yet vulnerable peoples of the world. In the Kimberley region of Australia, he explored the stakes involved in different Indigenous visions of Aboriginality by comparing two media organizations, following the social lives …

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Margit Bowler

Project on linguistic quantifiers in Warlpiri, an aboriginal language spoken by 3,000 people in Australia’s Northern Territories. Bowler’s Roth Foundation award helped defray the costs of field work and data collection. She is a graduate of Reed College.

Matthew Perez

Studies with Richard Whiteley, an internationally renowned artist and expert in glass casting, at the Australian National University. His Roth Foundation award allowed Perez to travel from Canberra to Melbourne and Sydney as a visiting artist to engage university audiences on his research project, entitled “To Anneal,” on new techniques of glass fabrication. See

Chelsea Lane‐Miller

Project on water distribution policy in the Murray-Darling basin, which weighed the needs of communities against those of farmers and the environment. Lane-Miller, a graduate of Dartmouth College, conducted this research in Adelaide at the University of Southern Australia.

Joshua Coene

Travel funds for research on changes in penal policy and practices in New South Wales over the last four decades.

Abigail Sebaly

Project on dance forms and dance education. Sebaly, a Merce Cunnigham dancer and graduate of the University of Michigan, is now at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, continuing her research into methods of curating contemporary dance.

Amos Jones

Project on the Australian experience of constitutionalism and its US links, conducted at Melbourne University’s School of Law. Jones is a Columbia University and Harvard Law School graduate.

Mytoan Nguyen

Project on immigration policy and Vietnamese refugee communities in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. At the time, Nguyen was at UC Berkeley.

Nili Kaplan‐Myrth

Project on the prevention of blindness in aboriginal communities. At the time, Kaplan-Myrth was at Yale University.

Sabra Thorner

Project on the social impact of Australia’s Aboriginal Cultural Centers. At the time, Thorner was at Georgetown University.

Edward Woodfin

Project on Australia in WWI, part of a social history of the common soldier in the British Empire. At the time, Woodfin was at Texas A&M.

Andrew Zawacki

Project on the impact of negative theology on contemporary Australian poetry, conducted by poet-critic Zawacki.

Kenneth Shockley

Project on the obligations which group membership implies in different societies. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, at the time Schockley was studying philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis.

Asher Cutter

Project on ants as indicators of habitat disturbance and biodiversity. At the time, Cutter was at Tufts University.

Kelly Amis

Project on educational excellence and diversity in Australia. At the time, Amis was at Stanford University.

Jason Pierce

Project on Australia’s High Court, as Australian political and judiciary elements re-evaluate the judicial system. At the time, Pierce was at the University of Texas.