Awardee Database

Awardees

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 in a Master of Public Health and Juris Doctor joint degree program. After graduate school, she hopes to research and advocate for federal policies that will help immigrant women access quality, culturally competent perinatal care.

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 and culture.

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 and traditions. Upon returning to the U.S., Ben plans to teach neon and glasswork in New York City as a way to share his experiences in Sweden and continue exchanging ideas with other artists.

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 Scandinavian artists to European modern art.

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 and recitals in which she will perform harp music and speak about Swedish instrument makers of the 19th century. Elise hopes that her work at the Nydahl Collection will enrich her experience as a scholar of music and help her further develop her career in musicology and museum work upon her return to the U.S.

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 the Roth Foundation will support Caitlin’s enrollment in supplemental workshops that will deepen her experience of Swedish folk music and dance. Upon her return to the U.S., Caitlin hopes to pursue a doctorate in landscape architecture and agroecology, using her knowledge of nature’s interaction with music to promote the importance of green spaces in communities.

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 climate. Funds from the Roth Foundation allowed Ernst to attend the European Climate Adaptation Conference to learn from the European Union’s approaches to environmental issues.

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, including solo, choral and orchestral works. Traveling to Sweden offered the special opportunity to access to musical manuscripts of compositions that use folk song to trace the development of the use of folk melodies over time.

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 explore the extent to which Queen Christina used it to fashion her own public image as a ruler, a sponsor of learning and an early modern woman. Additionally, Tess hoped that her research would clarify and challenge existing representations of Queen Christina’s legacy, both in scholarship and popular culture, which present her actions and lifestyle in an unflattering manner.

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 organized around the human relationship to the sky, sun, and universe, and returned to Sweden the following year with support from the American Scandinavian Foundation to carry out this project.

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 2007 graduate from Barnard, Lois Roth’s alma mater, Aronson’s Dreamland Sverige explores the subjective experience of migrating to Sweden, by exploring how the preconceptions of asylum seekers compare to their actual experiences as refugees. Her award helped her fund travel to different refugee communities within Sweden.

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 design programs have been founded, internationally, to develop lighting designers’ visual literacy and practical knowledge of lighting fixtures and designs. As a relatively new and growing field, it offers opportunities for fascinating cross-cultural comparison and study—an opportunity that Chavez takes full advantage of.

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. Studies show that the Swedish model has successfully reduced the number of individuals prostituted and trafficked in Sweden, as well as the number of buyers of sexual services. Her Roth-Thompson awaedenabling Mathieson to put her research in Sweden into an international perspective, to determine if and how core elements of this model could be successfully introduced to the U.S.

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 in Germany and the Ambiente-Frankfurt trade show, attended by glass producers from around the world.

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 knowledge about Swedish song and diction. See www.annahersey.com/scandinavian-song/

*The Prix Coindreau Prize, The Jeanne Varnay Pleasants Prize for Language Teaching, and the CASVA-Henry & Judith Millon Award are currently inactive.