Award: Roth-Thomson Award: Sweden

Radhika Purandare

Radhika will use the Roth-Thomson Award for conducting research on maternal health among immigrant populations in Sweden. Her goal is to apply the research that she does in Sweden and intervention strategies that have been effective there to help women in the United States. Upon her return to the United States, she plans to enroll …

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Hannah Ritchey

Hannah Ritchey is conducting research on Muslim immigration and integration in Sweden. She will use the Roth-Thomson Award for translation and interpretation services and travel to conduct interviews. She plans to pursue a career advising non-governmental organizations on how to care for migrants and assist their acclimation to their new community, while celebrating their history …

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Ben Orozco

Ben Orozco (University of Wisconsin, Madison), an artist specializing in neon and glasswork,is studying under Tommy Gustafsschiöld, Sweden’s only neon craftsman at The Glass Factory in Boda Glasbruk. Ben will use the Roth-Thomson Award to acquire the supplies, materials and tools needed for a solo exhibition that will highlight American neon and Swedish glass techniques …

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MaryClaire Pappas

MaryClaire (Indiana University, Bloomington) is writing a dissertation on the Swedish avant garde movement. She will use the Roth-Thomson Award to extend her research to include the contributions of female artists that have been largely overlooked. Upon returning to the U.S., MaryClaire plans to expand her dissertation into a book to highlight the contributions of …

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Elise Kolle

Elise Kolle, of the New England Conservatory of Music, is conducting research on the historical harps housed at the Nydahl Collection in Stockholm. Elise is investigating the history of two nineteenth-century harps while learning about museum work from the Collection’s curators. Funds from the Roth Foundation will allow Elise to perform a series of lectures …

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Caitlin Vitale-Sullivan

Caitlin Vitale-Sullivan, of Idaho State University, is studying kulning, a type of traditional Swedish folk music used to call cattle and communicate over long distances. She is interested specifically in the interaction between landscape and sound, and the resulting potential to combine landscape sounds with vocal and instrumental music to create an ensemble. Funds from …

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Elizabeth Doe Stone

Elizabeth Doe Stone, of the University of Virginia, explored fin-de-siècle artistic and social connections between the US artist John Singer Sargent and Swedish painter Anders Zorn. Her award allowed her to expand her archival research in Sweden and Denmark.

Svea Larsen

Svea Larsen, of Pacific University, conducted research that explores how the return of Swedish immigrants in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries influenced Swedish rural society. Her awarded funded and exhibition on the movement of immigrants between Sweden and the U.S.

Kathleen Ernst

Kathleen Ernst, of the University of Tennessee, undertook research into the strengthening of climate services and social planning in Sweden. Through several case studies, she explored options for bridging the growing gap between the scientific community’s knowledge about climate change and the practical use of that information to plan for and adapt to the changing …

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Kirsten Santos Rutschman

Kirsten Santos Rutschman, of Duke University, conducted research on the concept of “folk” in 19th century Swedish music. During this century, Sweden’s boundaries changed dramatically, leading to a crisis of national identity. Rutschman’s research links this questioning of what it meant to be Swedish with the incorporation of folk melodies into various forms of music, …

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Tess Kurtasz

Tess Kurtasz, of the Pennsylvania State University, used her Fulbright Fellowship to situate the collections of Queen Christina of Sweden within the broader antiquarian markets of 17th-century Europe. By broadening our knowledge of this subject, Tess sought to illuminate the significance of art collecting as a sign of power and social status as well as …

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Clare Benson

A photographer interested in the intersections of art and science, Clare Benson (Central Michigan University) worked with Sámi filmmaker Hans-Olof Utsi and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics—both in Kiruna, Sweden—in exploring the intersection of current astronomical investigations and ancient traditions and mythologies of indigenous Sámi culture. With her award she developed an inclusive event …

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Melanie Aronson

Aronson went to Sweden to create a social documentary film about Syrian refugees. By the time she applied for our support in fall 2014, Sweden had become the largest host country of Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian refugees outside of the Middle East and the only country to promise permanent residency to all Syrians seeking asylum. A …

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Jeffrey Ziegler

Political scientist Jeffrey Ziegler (University of Wisconsin-Madison), in Sweden to study electoral and party finance reform, was based at Umea University; he used his award to travel to Stockholm to interview civil servants, collect documents and attend conferences.

Evelyn Ansel

Evelyn Ansel spent her Fulbright year at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, where she brought her unique skills in museum studies, art conservation and boatbuilding to their collection of 17th-century shipbuilding tools. Her Roth Foundation award allowed her to travel to, photograph and blog about shipyards, mills and metal shops elsewhere in Europe.

Daniel Chavez

With Roth Foundation project support, Daniel Chavez undertook a holistic study of lighting incorporating the perspectives of architecture, urban planning, public health and interior design. His research culminated in a series of design projects and presentations. Historically, architects and electrical engineers have treated lighting as a secondary consideration. In recent years, however, a dozen lighting …

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Anne Mathieson

While working on prostitution issues with other activists in the U.S., Anne Mathieson learned of an anti-prostitution policy being pioneered in Sweden, which modeled new international standards by: a) decriminalizing the activities of individuals selling sexual services, and b) criminalizing the activities of those purchasing sexual services or living off the earnings of prostituted persons. …

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Elisa Maria Lopez

Project on the sociocultural impacts of renewable energy development among the Sami people, for a dissertation in anthropology at Columbia University.

Michelle Anne Urberg

Project entitled “Hystorie in Medieval Sweden: Musical Devotion, Nationalism and Brigittine Monasticism,” for a dissertation in musicology at the University of Chicago.

Rob Trevino

Project on the genetic pathways of breast cancer—a particularly pertinent study, given Lois’ battle with the disease. At the time, Trevino was a computer scientist at Arizona State University.

Andrew Bearnot

Project on glass art and manufacture in early 20th-century Sweden, conducted first at Linnaeus University and then at the Swedish Glass Research Institute in in Växjö. Bearnot holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and and BS from Brown University in materials engineering. His Roth Foundation award allowed him to visit glassworks …

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Anna Christina Hersey

Project on the Swedish art song repertoire and Swedish diction, conducted at the Swedish Royal College of Music. Her Roth Foundation award allowed Hersey to travel from Sweden to Chicago to present her findings at the annual conference of the American Choral Directors’ Association. Since her return, she has developed a conductor’s guide to promote …

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Emma Abby

Project on environmental studies and sustainability science at Lund University