2018-19 British Scholar Award grantees

As part of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar programme, our 21 Scholar Award grantees for 2018-19 come from academia and a range of other professions.

Lauren Bellaera

Lauren Bellaera

All Disciplines Award, University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Education

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Lauren Bellaera

Lauren Bellaera

All Disciplines Award, University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Education

Dr Lauren Bellaera is the Director of Research and Impact for The Brilliant Club, a UK charity whose aim is to widen access to highly-selective universities for pupils from under-represented groups. Lauren is also a part-time Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London. Lauren studied for her PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of Warwick and has applied her expertise in this field to education. She is particularly interested in the development of higherorder thinking skills. Lauren’s Fulbright scholarship is at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, hosted by Dr Yana Weinstein.

Lauren’s project will examine the critical thinking skills that are prioritised in higher education, and the learning strategies that are most beneficial for promoting these skills in university students. The project builds on her postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge, UK. The Fulbright scholarship will also provide Lauren with an opportunity to understand the challenges that exist in the US educational system for children from low-income backgrounds. Lauren is looking forward to working with university access organisations in the US, such as AccessEd.

Julia Blackburn

Julia Blackburn

Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, Harvard University - Medicine

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Julia Blackburn

Julia Blackburn

Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, Harvard University - Medicine

Julia Blackburn is a Specialist Trainee in Orthopaedics who is passionate about improving outcomes from surgery by considering the bio-psycho-social aspects of care. She is looking forward to working with Dr Ana-Maria Vranceanu and Dr Neal Chen at Harvard University to research if Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can improve outcomes in hand surgery. She developed her interest in research with an MD at the University of Bristol and was awarded a Research Fellowship by the Royal College of Surgeons to investigate ways to improve bone growth onto metal implants. A European Orthopaedic Research Society travel award provided an opportunity to work with international researchers at the AO Research Institute in Davos, Switzerland.

Through the Fulbright scheme, Julia is keen to develop an on-going collaboration with the USA team to continue research into mind body skills interventions in hand surgery in the UK. Julia enjoys walking and having hiked a small part of the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains, is keen to explore more of the beautiful area of New England

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

All Disciplines Award, University of Colorado, Boulder - Chemistry

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Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

All Disciplines Award, University of Colorado, Boulder - Chemistry

Colin Campbell is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the OPTIMA CDT in Optical Medical Imaging. His research is entirely at the interface between physical and life sciences and in particular he has pioneered the use of Raman spectroscopy to study 3D tissue culture systems that find use in discovering new drugs and understanding diseases. His Fulbright Award is a unique opportunity to work with a world-leading research group in tissue engineering at the Biofrontiers Institute, engage in an exchange of teaching methods for training PhD students and to reach across cultural barriers to make a collection of music about science.

He is looking forward to publishing high quality, interdisciplinary research, learning how multidisciplinary culture change is encouraged at an institutional level and skiing with his family

Judith Canellas

Judith Canellas

Lloyd's of London Award, Columbia University - Environmental Engineering

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Judith Canellas

Judith Canellas

Lloyd's of London Award, Columbia University - Environmental Engineering

Judith is a recent PhD graduate from the School of Water, Energy and Environment at Cranfield University where she conducted her research under the supervision of Prof. Bruce Jefferson. For her thesis project, Judith developed and evaluated physico-chemical processes that allow one to efficiently extract reactive nitrogen, a potent environmental pollutant that is normally expensively dissipated, from wastewater so that the nitrogen can become a valuable resource.

In her Fulbright project with environmental microbiologist Prof. Kartik Chandran at Columbia University, Judith hopes that she can use microorganisms to transform reactive nitrogen, recovered by the previously developed process, into high quality protein. Supplementing livestock feed with such high quality protein could help to transform the current, wasteful and unsustainable way how nitrogen is used into a cyclical and sustainable process. For the scarce time outside the lab, Judith is looking forward to putting her degree in Classic and Spanish guitar to use in meeting other enthusiasts in the vibrant music scene of New York.

Katherine Clements

Katherine Clements

All Disciplines Award, Tulane University - Creative Writing

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Katherine Clements

Katherine Clements

All Disciplines Award, Tulane University - Creative Writing

Katherine Clements is a novelist specialising in historical fiction. She is the author of three novels set in the 17th century; her latest, The Coffin Path, is an Amazon bestseller. She is Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Manchester University and editor of Historia, the magazine of the Historical Writers’ Association. In her fiction, Katherine is interested in the dark corners of history, especially the stories of those omitted from the traditional narrative.

During her year in New Orleans, she will research and write the first of a trilogy of novels exploring the origins of the city’s unique culture, particularly the impact of European colonialism. As well as making the most of the extraordinary archives at Tulane University, she hopes to work with staff and students to exchange expertise in teaching Creative Writing – knowledge that will be shared with writing communities in the UK. She is excited about experiencing all that New Orleans has to offer, and hopes that this amazing opportunity will lend crucial authenticity to her fiction.

Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy

All Disciplines Award, Belmont University and New York University - Social Work

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Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy

All Disciplines Award, Belmont University and New York University - Social Work

Dr Joe Duffy is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. In his teaching, Joe is committed to transformative pedagogy by actively involving service users and carers to help social work students understand difficult topics such as the impact of political conflict and trauma. His innovations in these areas were recognised with a UK Higher Education National Teaching Fellowship in 2014 During his Fulbright year, Joe’s research proposes to introduce service user and carer involvement to the social work curriculum in the United States, working with New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and Belmont University’s Social Work Department, Nashville, Tennessee.

In New York University, his research will specifically focus on working with people affected by the 9/11 terrorist attack of 2001. By bringing this perspective to social work classroom teaching, Joe will be replicating work he has undertaken with victims and survivors of ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. Similarly, working with Belmont University, he proposes to introduce service user involvement to the social work curriculum. During his Fulbright, Joe will also link with the Council for Social Work Education’s Commission on Educational Policy to advise on how service user knowledge can inform the U.S. social work curriculum based on his research findings. As a keen enthusiast of both art and music, Joe is excited about experiencing the rich culture that New York City and Nashville have to offer.

Mercy Ette

Mercy Ette

Elon University Award, Elon University - Communications

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Mercy Ette

Mercy Ette

Elon University Award, Elon University - Communications

Mercy Ette, a senior lecturer in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film, is course leader for the Journalism programme at the University of Huddersfield. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Leeds and an MA in Journalism Studies from the University of Cardiff. She is also a Chevening Scholarship alumna. As a Fulbright Scholar, Mercy will explore how American elite press frames the UK-US ‘special relationship’. She is also looking forward to working with students and colleagues in the School of Communications at Elon University.

The Fulbright Award will create excellent opportunities for her to garner innovative practices and hone her skills by exploring new styles of teaching at her host institution. Mercy is particularly excited to be representing the University of Huddersfield, winner of the Inaugural Global Teaching Excellence Award and a TEF-Gold-rated institution. A keen walker, she hopes to make the most of her time exploring the rich North Carolina landscape.

Kealan Fallon

Kealan Fallon

-Lloyd's of London Award, Columbia University - Chemistry

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Kealan Fallon

Kealan Fallon

-Lloyd's of London Award, Columbia University - Chemistry

Kealan Fallon is a postdoctoral research associate based at the University of Cambridge. He recently gained his PhD from University College London (UCL) on organic semiconducting materials. His interdisciplinary work combines chemistry and physics to explore how energy interacts with matter. During his Fulbright year, he will research materials designed to improve the efficiency of solar cells by harnessing high energy light that is wasted in traditional solar devices. US researchers have made ground-breaking discoveries in this area and he is excited to work alongside the talented scientists at Columbia University and at the Rowland Institute at Harvard University.

Kealan is passionate about engaging children and young people with science and plans to participate in outreach programmes during his time in the US. Outside of the lab, he plans to explore the New York art scene, hike the great American outdoors, and learn about US cultural history.

Emma Folwell

Emma Folwell

Elon University Award, Elon University - History

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Emma Folwell

Emma Folwell

Elon University Award, Elon University - History

Emma Folwell is an historian of the United States, specialising in the study of race and social welfare in the South. She received her PhD from the University of Leicester and previously studied at Oxford University for a M.St. in American History. Emma has been a lecturer in American History at Newman University since 2015. Emma will be teaching in the Department of History and Geography at Elon University in spring 2019. There she will also work on developing her second research project, exploring the history of social welfare in the early twentieth century US South. Her monograph, Poverty Wars in Mississippi, drew on her PhD and explored white resistance to the War on Poverty in 1960s Mississippi, and will be published by the University of Mississippi Press next year.

Emma will also use her time at Elon University, a national model for experiential learning, to develop her understanding of student-centred learning. Emma has been fascinated by the distinctive culture and history of the US South for years, and is excited about the opportunity to spend four months living there.

Eilidh A B Hall

Eilidh A B Hall

Royal Society of Edinburgh Award, Trinity University, San Antonio - Latinx Studies

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Eilidh A B Hall

Eilidh A B Hall

Royal Society of Edinburgh Award, Trinity University, San Antonio - Latinx Studies

Eilidh A B Hall is an early career researcher interested in Latinx literatures and cultures. She was awarded her PhD in 2017 from the department of American Studies at the University of East Anglia and is currently a Teaching Fellow in the University of Aberdeen’s Latin American Studies department. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on feminist Chicanx (Mexican American heritage) literature and culture and explores how women negotiate inequalities within the patriarchal institution of the traditional family.

As a Fulbright scholar, she will work with distinguished Chicana scholar Norma Cantú at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she will gain teaching experience and prepare her thesis for publication as a monograph. As Latinx Studies is an under-represented discipline, her work as a visiting scholar will strengthen transatlantic scholarly dialogues and help develop this burgeoning field in the UK. She is looking forward to exploring the cultural, social, and physical borderlands of Texas.

Gleider Hernández

Gleider Hernández

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Public International Law

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Gleider Hernández

Gleider Hernández

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Public International Law

Dr Gleider I Hernández is Associate Professor (Reader) in Public International Law at Durham Law School and Deputy Director of the Durham Global Policy Institute. His research interests and passions relate to international legal theory (nature and sources of international law), and the intersection of international law with global politics. His key research theme at present is focussed on the concept of authority and its relevance in understanding the foundational structures of the international legal system. Dr Hernández took a D.Phil from Wadham College, Oxford, and read for LL.M degrees at Leiden and BCL and LL.B degrees at McGill. Previous to his appointment at Durham, he served at the International Court of Justice, clerking for Judges Bruno Simma and Peter Tomka. He is the author of The International Court of Justice and the Judicial Function (OUP 2014) and International Law (OUP, forthcoming 2018).

Gleider will also take full advantage of the period in Cambridge and Boston to explore his interests in North American history and politics, theatre and music, as well as exploring nature with his partner and their toddler.

Peter McLoughlin

Peter McLoughlin

All Disciplines Award, Boston College - Politics

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Peter McLoughlin

Peter McLoughlin

All Disciplines Award, Boston College - Politics

Peter McLoughlin is a Lecturer in Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. He specializes in ethnic conflict and peace-building, with particular focus on the Northern Ireland problem, and international dimensions to its resolution. He gained his PhD from Queen’s and then worked at the Institute for British-Irish Studies at University College Dublin before returning to teach in Belfast. His research also led to an interest in education in ethnically divided societies, and he previously taught in integrated (Catholic and Protestant) schools in areas of Belfast that have seen significant communal conflict.

His Fulbright research project will explore the role of Irish-America and the US government in both the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process. Though based at Boston College, Peter will also be conducting research in Washington, at the President Reagan Library near L.A., and the George W. Bush Library in Dallas. Peter enjoys music, travel, and football. He will be looking for a football/soccer team to join or a sympathetic group who will help him learn to play basketball during his time in Boston.

Shavana Musa

Shavana Musa

Cyber Security Award, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Cyber Security

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Shavana Musa

Shavana Musa

Cyber Security Award, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Cyber Security

Shavana will embark upon her Fulbright Scholar Award in Cyber Security at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. Shavana’s work at Carnegie will allow her to produce research and policy to help strengthen the capacity of governments and the private sector in managing cyber risk. This will include exploring the management of novel forms of self-help in cyberspace. Outside of her Fulbright Fellowship, Shavana is a lecturer in international law, security and human rights at The University of Manchester. She is also the Founder and CEO of Ontogeny Global, a revolutionary risk management firm.

The Fulbright Fellowship will enhance Shavana’s research and practical expertise through collaborations and learning processes with US academics and policymakers, as well as helping to strengthen relationships between US and UK stakeholders - much needed for effective cyber security. Shavana also hopes that her Fellowship in the US will allow her to take a hiking expedition to explore Alaska’s beautiful wilderness and striking vistas.

Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Metropolitan Police Scholar Award, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York - Criminal Justice

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Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Metropolitan Police Scholar Award, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York - Criminal Justice

Richard Smith is a Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police Service, London. He is an experienced police officer, having worked in numerous front-line command units. In recent years, Richard has been leading a transformation project in the Met, seeking to modernise the way in which information technology is used to support operational policing and deliver improved criminal justice outcomes. Having completed a Masters in Policing, Policy and Leadership at the University of Portsmouth, Richard went on to complete his doctoral research, exploring talent management in policing, specifically in the context of police leadership and organisational culture.

Richard will be working with academics at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, as well as operational officers in the NYPD, to explore the way in which new working practices are being developed and implemented by law enforcement agencies in the US. Richard is looking forward to establishing new professional and personal networks in the US and immersing himself in the New York way of life.

Pawel Swietach

Pawel Swietach

Cancer Research UK Scholar Award, Moffitt Cancer Center - Medical Sciences

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Pawel Swietach

Pawel Swietach

Cancer Research UK Scholar Award, Moffitt Cancer Center - Medical Sciences

Pawel Swietach is an Associate Professor at Oxford University, where he heads a research group studying the effects of acid-base disorders on human health. The two main pillars of his work relate to cancer and cardiovascular physiology, funded by grants from the European Union and the British Heart Foundation. The group investigates how acidity in tumours - a common feature of tumours - contributes to cancer progression, and how changes in pH control in the heart - triggered by stresses or metabolic disturbances - contributes to cardiac diseases. Pawel is delighted that on this occasion, the UK Commission has agreed to award a CRUK-Fulbright Scholarship to an EU citizen, and he hopes to be a good ambassador for European and British science in America.

The Scholarship will take Pawel to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, where he will work on new ways of imaging and exploiting the acidic tumour acidic microenvironment for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. There, he will also contribute towards ongoing efforts to implement mathematical models for improving the efficacy of therapeutic regimes.

Michael Vine

Michael Vine

The University of South Florida Award, University of South Florida - Social Anthropology

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Michael Vine

Michael Vine

The University of South Florida Award, University of South Florida - Social Anthropology

Michael Vine is a social anthropologist of the United States that works at the intersection of human health, the environment, and politics. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2018 for research on local responses to climate change and drought in the deserts of Southern and Central California. During his time as a Fulbright Scholar, he will carry out research on the social and political dimensions of mosquito-borne diseases in Florida and beyond.

Stuart Williamson

Stuart Williamson

Cancer Research UK Award, Stanford University - Cancer Research

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Stuart Williamson

Stuart Williamson

Cancer Research UK Award, Stanford University - Cancer Research

Stuart Williamson is a Cancer Researcher based in Manchester. He completed his PhD investigating the rare subsets of tumour cells driving cancer. Stuart continues to work on this topic, focussing on Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC). He has demonstrated that a subset of SCLC tumour cells can form blood vessels through a process called Vasculogenic Mimicry (VM). The presence of VM is associated with poor prognosis and resistance to therapy.

Stuart will be building on this work during his Fulbright Scholarship at Stanford University. He will be investigating VM at each stage of cancer, from tumour initiation through to the formation metastases. He hopes to identify how VM is contributing to cancer progression and to try to identify novel therapeutic targets. He hopes that the interdisciplinary collaboration Stanford is famous for will offer unique opportunities to improve outcomes in SCLC and wants to bring this cooperative ethos back with him to the UK. Stuart is interested in technology, music and nature, so is excited to make the most of his time in California’s Bay Area.

Sharon Willson

Sharon Willson

All Disciplines Award, Boston Conservatory at Berklee - Theatre Arts

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Sharon Willson

Sharon Willson

All Disciplines Award, Boston Conservatory at Berklee - Theatre Arts

Sharon is a highly accomplished educator and performer. She currently leads and actively promotes the arts at both Corpus Christi Primary and Richard Challoner Secondary School, in Kingston. Sharon is also the principal of Willson Academy of Performing arts. Over 250 students regularly undertake exams and perform at London venues including Her Majesty’s theatre and The O2. Sharon’s research and teaching project will compare the pedagogical practice that underpins professional Musical Theatre training in both the US and UK. The partner institutes for research are the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (BOCO) and the Guildford School of Acting (of which Sharon is an alumna). An added element to the research is to explore how the arts empower and have a positive impact on young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

On her return from the US, Sharon will look to develop teacher/ student exchange programmes between the two institutions. Sharon is looking forward to immersing herself in American culture and spending her spare time attending theatre and dance productions and perhaps even catching a Red Sox game!

Derick Wilson MBE

Derick Wilson MBE

Scholar-in-Residence, St Philip's College, San Antonio - Education and Restorative Practices

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Derick Wilson MBE

Derick Wilson MBE

Scholar-in-Residence, St Philip's College, San Antonio - Education and Restorative Practices

Derick is Reader Emeritus in Education with Restorative Practices (Ulster) undertaking practical reconciliation work in Northern Ireland since 1965 with the Corrymeela Community, as a youthworker, parent and academic. This Fulbright Scholarship strengthens relationships between St Philip’s, a unique Historically Black and Hispanic Serving College, and Corrymeela. St Philip’s wishes to challenge their students more through offering international experiences, while supporting them be at ease in study, work and service within diverse local communities. From his post-doctoral research, he believes that reconciliation in contested and secure societies is promoted when the inter-connected principles of equity, diversity and interdependence underpin learning relationships, organisational cultures and public policy.

St Philip’s and its local partners wish to draw on Derick’s restorative practice in community relations, mediation, conflict studies, educational and criminal justice practices. Restorative practices are future-oriented activities, promoting just, re-invigorated relationships and bringing new life to structures essential for the common good. Restorative cultures are challenging inter-generational spaces in which to develop inclusive learning practices across diverse backgrounds embedding lasting change in our personal lives and institutions.

Daniel Woods

Daniel Woods

Cyber Security Award, University of Tulsa - Computer Science

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Daniel Woods

Daniel Woods

Cyber Security Award, University of Tulsa - Computer Science

Daniel’s research looks at how incentive structures impact how organisations invest in information security. He began a DPhil in Cyber Security at the University of Oxford in 2015. Oxford’s Doctoral Training introduced him to a multidisciplinary approach that complements his MSci in Mathematics from the University of Bristol. During his Fulbright Exchange, Daniel will visit Tyler Moore at the University of Tulsa. The project explores how cyber security insurance impacts how information security is managed, much like how car insurance incentivises safer driving.

Daniel is looking forward to running through the Great Plains and forests of Oklahoma, as well as seeing live Blues music across the South. During his Fulbright Exchange, Daniel will visit Tyler Moore at the University of Tulsa. The project explores how cyber security insurance impacts how information security is managed, much like how car insurance incentivises safer driving. Daniel is looking forward to running through the Great Plains and forests of Oklahoma, as well as seeing live Blues performances across the South.

Cissy Yong

Cissy Yong

The Urology Foundation Scholar Award, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Urology

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Cissy Yong

Cissy Yong

The Urology Foundation Scholar Award, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Urology

Cissy Yong is an academic urological trainee based in Cambridge. With the support of the Fulbright-The Urology Foundation Scholar Award, Cissy will spend three months in the renowned laboratory of Professor DeBerardinis (University of Texas Southwestern). Here she will gain experience in novel techniques measuring dynamic changes that occur in metabolism in cancers. Returning to the UK, Cissy will be equipped to commence her PhD at the University of Cambridge, studying dynamic metabolism in patients with kidney cancer, funded by a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellowship. Her aim is to improve current diagnostic tools and identify novel therapies and biomarkers to manage this important disease process.

Passionate about education, Cissy is currently reading a Master’s in Medical Education, and teaching Advanced Life Support as a UK Resuscitation Council Instructor. Outside of work, Cissy is a travel and volunteer enthusiast; she has worked as a Metropolitan Special Constable and a medic for the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Cissy loves discovering new people and food and looks forward to experiencing southern hospitality and legendary Texan steaks – ideally simultaneously!