2022-23 British Scholar Award grantees

Antonella Bancalari

Antonella Bancalari

Fulbright-Royal Society of Edinburgh Award - Yale University

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Antonella Bancalari

Antonella Bancalari

Fulbright-Royal Society of Edinburgh Award - Yale University

Antonella Bancalari graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2020 with a PhD in Social Policy and a MPA in International Development. Antonella’s journey started in Lima, Peru, where she obtained a BSc in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico and worked as a public sector consultant. As a first-hand witness of the barriers to development, her purpose is to help eradicating global poverty. Pursuing this aim, she worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (Washington D.C.) and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (London) in several projects in Latin America and South-East Asia. 

As a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Antonella will be joining a renowned group of Development Economists based at Yale’s Economic Growth Centre. Her research seeks to understand the principles underlying effective public service delivery in low- and middle-income countries. Back home, Antonella is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the School of Economics and Finance of the University of St Andrews (Scotland), where she teaches Development and Health Economics to more than 100 postgraduate and undergraduate students from all over the world. The Fulbright will give her the opportunity to share her research and field-work experience internationally and learn how leading academics promote evidence-based policymaking globally. As an animal lover, Antonella hopes to meet “Handsome Dan”, Yale University’s famous mascot, and volunteer at the Yale’s Animal Welfare Alliance! 

Anna Bidgood

Anna Bidgood

Fulbright-All Disciplines Scholar - Carnegie Institution for Science, Geoscience and Technology Metals

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Anna Bidgood

Anna Bidgood

Fulbright-All Disciplines Scholar - Carnegie Institution for Science, Geoscience and Technology Metals

Anna developed a fascination with remote wilderness landscapes and indigenous communities as a teenager and has spent a great deal of time on both mountaineering and research expeditions as she trained to be a geologist.  Anna is a geoscientist with interests in sustainably-sourced technology metals which are critical for the production of low carbon technologies needed to help decarbonise our society.  

Anna graduated from the University of Oxford in 2020 with a PhD in geology before moving to the SFI Research Centre in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG), where she enjoys working at the interface between academia and industry in a changing society and is passionate about metal extraction being accomplished in an environmental and sustainable way.  

Anna will spend time at the Carnegie Institute for Science in Washington DC where she will be conducting experimental research to determine how the technology metals cobalt and nickel are mobilised and concentrated to aid predictions as to where these metals might be found in nature. Anna is looking forward to visiting the museums around Washington DC, as well as many of the national parks and geological sites in the US, where she hopes to immerse herself through long-distance hikes and biking. 

Jennifer Mallon

Jennifer Mallon

Fulbright-All Disciplines Scholar - Nova Southeastern University and Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Jennifer Mallon

Jennifer Mallon

Fulbright-All Disciplines Scholar - Nova Southeastern University and Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Jennifer completed her doctoral studies in marine biogeochemistry of coral reefs at the University of Glasgow, Scotland in collaboration with the Coralium Laboratory of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her research focuses on corals and algae which grow carbonate skeletons in a process known as calcification to build and maintain the coral reef structure. Some coral reef structures protect hundreds of millions of people worldwide, by creating a barrier between coastal communities and the open ocean. As storm frequency and intensity increase due to the climate crisis, this is a critical ecosystem service.  

Her Fulbright project will focus on measuring calcification rates to support reef restoration efforts in the Florida Keys. She is looking forward to spending 12-months at Mote International Center for Coral Reef Restoration and Research in the Florida Keys working under the supervision of Dr Emily Hall, Mote, and Dr Tyler Cyronak, Nova Southeastern University. Their research aims to develop a cost-effective method to monitor reef health using biogeochemical measurements of calcification to track reef growth and function, they will test this method to determine if calcification measured from changes in seawater chemistry can be used to monitor reef health, track conservation success, and identify reefs at risk. 

Aidan McGarry

Aidan McGarry

Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar - University of Southern California

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Aidan McGarry

Aidan McGarry

Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar - University of Southern California

Aidan completed all his formal higher education at Queen’s University, Belfast, gaining his PhD in 2007. HIs research focuses on how marginalised groups around the world find and express their demands, this includes Roma communities in eastern Europe and LGBTIQ activists in India. He led a AHRC project on urban protest movements in Turkey from 2016-2018. In the past, Aidan has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York, the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence and the European Centre for Minority Issues in Germany. He was awarded a EURIAS Fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Amsterdam in 2018-2019. He became a Professor in 2021 and is the Associate Dean of Research in his school.  

During his Fulbright Fellowship, he will explore the intersection of environmental activism, digital media and visual culture. California houses strong environmental groups; Aidan will use the case of California wildfires to assess how activists use the power of images on social media to change attitudes, raise awareness and challenge opponents regarding the climate crisis. Whilst he will miss London, Aidan will try his best to enjoy the California sunshine and landscape....whilst in LA he relishes the chance to experience full cultural immersion. As a food fanatic he looks forward to trying out the incredible food truck scene in LA and hopes to fulfil a lifelong dream to drive a convertible Mustang from LA to San Francisco along the Pacific Coast Highway and visit Big Sur. 

Riccardo Mogre

Riccardo Mogre

Fulbright-Lloyd’s Scholar - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Riccardo Mogre

Riccardo Mogre

Fulbright-Lloyd’s Scholar - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Riccardo is an Associate Professor at Durham University Business School and a Fellow of the Durham Energy Institute. 

As a Fulbright Scholar, Riccardo will spend six months at the MIT Operations Research Center and the Sloan School of Management. He will collaborate with Prof. Trichakis to develop mathematical models for the management of risky projects, with a focus on offshore wind.  Large projects are prone to delays because of complexity, supply issues, and external risks. His Fulbright work will investigate mitigation strategies, like dynamic control, to keep projects on track.  At MIT he will also explore approaches to research leadership, teaching, and student life. 

Omar Musbahi

Omar Musbahi

Fulbright-Royal College of Surgeons of England - Harvard University

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Omar Musbahi

Omar Musbahi

Fulbright-Royal College of Surgeons of England - Harvard University

Omar Musbahi was a structural engineer prior to graduating from Barts and The London and the University of Oxford with medical and science degrees.  

He is currently an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and Specialist Registrar in Trauma & Orthopaedics at Imperial College London combining surgical training with research interests in improving musculoskeletal patient outcomes. He has interests in data and engineering. During his time in surgical training, he developed an interest in improving the inefficiencies in healthcare services. 

As a Fulbright Royal College of Surgeons Scholar, Omar will spend time at Brigham & Women’s Hospital as part of Harvard Medical School to further understand the way routinely collected healthcare data is used to improve musculoskeletal patient pathways. In particular, he will focus on addressing the success of the US elective orthopaedic day surgery pathways and hopes to use this information to further improve NHS orthopaedic services. 

Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell

Fulbright-Lloyd’s Scholar - The University of New Orleans

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Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell

Fulbright-Lloyd’s Scholar - The University of New Orleans

Catherine Russell completed her PhD in fluvial sedimentology at the University of Leeds in 2017 and went on to lecture in sedimentology and Earth surface processes at the University of Leicester, whilst also affiliated with Louisiana State University. Catherine is a geologist who is interested in human impacts on rivers and their landscapes, including plastic pollution. On experiencing the Louisianan human-modified Mississippi River landscape in 2019, Catherine began adapting traditional geological techniques to modern environments as well as investigating how plastic behaves as a sedimentary particle. In 2020, she established the Anthropocene Sediment Network, which aims to holistically combine human, social, and physical elements of a landscape to aid communication, networking, and learning between communities.

As a Fulbright-Lloyd’s Visiting Scholar at the University of New Orleans, Catherine seeks to learn the deeper impacts of the human-modified landscape on day-to-day living in New Orleans. The key focus of her research will be investigating the novelties of Anthropocene rivers when compared to natural systems, and particularly the consequences of our activities on reservoir water quality. The Fulbright Scholarship will give her the opportunity to build bridges and new connections in her research, as well as to undertake fieldwork in a new environment. The learnings from this research will allow for deeper understanding of the long-term effects of human impact on surface processes across Earth Systems in the Anthropocene.

Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith

Fulbright All-Disciplines Scholar - University of California, San Diego

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Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith

Fulbright All-Disciplines Scholar - University of California, San Diego

Benjamin is a professor of Latin American History at the University of Warwick, specialising in the grassroots political history of Mexico and has published four monographs  four edited collection and dozens of academic articles over the past 16 years. Though he has worked on issues as diverse as market women, social movements, Catholicism, conservatism, journalism, censorship and the press, his recent work has focused on issues of drugs and violence in twentieth century Mexico. His most recent book, 'The Dope: The History of the Mexican Drug Trade', was published by WW Norton in 2021.  

In addition to Benjamin's academic work, he provides expert testimonies for Mexicans fleeing criminal, political, religious and ethnic violence south of the border. 

Ade Solanke

Ade Solanke

Fulbright-All Disciplines Scholar - Emerson College

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Ade Solanke

Ade Solanke

Fulbright-All Disciplines Scholar - Emerson College

Ade Solanke is an award-winning British-Nigerian playwright, screenwriter, and academic. She is the artistic director of Spora Stories, creating plays and films about the African diaspora. She has a BA Hons in English Literature from the University of Sheffield and received their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also hs an MFA in Film from the University of Southern California where she was a Fulbright Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa International Scholar, and Association of American Women Scholar. Her acclaimed debut play, 'Pandora's Box',  won a Best New Play nomination in the Off West End Theatre Awards and was shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s biggest literary award.

Her latest play, The Court Must Have a Queen, premiered at Hampton Court Palace. A former journalist, Ade has written for The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Times Literary Supplement, The Voice and BBC Radio 4. With literature, theatre and film colleagues at Emerson, she will research and develop dramatic material for Phillis in London, her project exploring Phillis Wheatley, the African-American enslaved teenage prodigy who in 1773 published the first book in English by an African. In her free time, Ade is a keen walker and plans to sample the best of  New England's 'leaf-peeping'. 

Kim Starr

Kim Starr

Fulbright-Smithsonian Institutions Scholar - Smithsonian

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Kim Starr

Kim Starr

Fulbright-Smithsonian Institutions Scholar - Smithsonian

Kim’s academic career got off to a rocky start when (aged 4) her teacher described her as a ‘chatterbox’. Deciding to make a virtue out of a necessity, Kim pinned her career colours to the communications mast, winding up in the broadcast television industry. However, academia beckoned several times over the years: for a Bachelor’s degree in politics and law (QMUL), MAs in journalism (Westminster) and audiovisual translation (Surrey) and finally, for the pursuit of a PhD in audiovisual translation/accessible language (Surrey). The latter stages of this academic journey were initiated after a family member was diagnosed with autism, and Kim found herself exploring ways to help children with additional cognitive needs access film and television content. Ultimately, this became the focus of her nationally-funded PhD research, where she trialed audio description to prompt emotion cues in film content for autistic children. 

Kim is excited to be partnering with the Smithsonian Institution to explore the language of museum interpretation, focussing on people with additional cognitive needs. As an avid musical theatre fan, she hopes to pay an early visit to the Ozian ruby slippers at the National Museum of American History, and visit accessible theatre projects in DC. 

Joanie Willett

Joanie Willett

Fulbright-All Disciplines Scholar - Virginia Tech

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Joanie Willett

Joanie Willett

Fulbright-All Disciplines Scholar - Virginia Tech

Joanie is a senior lecturer in politics with the University of Exeter where her teaching and research explores place-making, and place-shaping. Focussing on the inter-relationship between identity, communities, and the environment, Joanie uses political philosophy to provide new ways of looking at the world to improve economic development and governance by making it more responsive to civil society. 

In particular, she examines questions around the economic development of peripheral regions, most recently finding that development priorities need to grow from the region, its people, and identities.  Whilst visiting Virginia Tech, Joanie will be considering the question of how our spatial, geological and climatic environments shape the economies, societies and politics of a place.  This builds on her recent book Affective Assemblages and Local Economies where she drew on research from the Southwest of Virginia.  Joanie has contributed to numerous UK Parliamentary enquiries and reports including the recent Environmental Audit Committee’s Green Jobs report, and has presented her work in the European Parliament and Committee of the Regions. She is a co-director of the Institute of Cornish Studies, a former trustee of the Political Studies Association,  and is a co-convenor of the PSA Local Politics specialist group. She has a strong media profile and have most recently been a panellist on a BBC Radio 4. 

 

Igor Calzada

Igor Calzada

Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence (S-I-R) Award, California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) – Institute for Basque Studies

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Igor Calzada

Igor Calzada

Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence (S-I-R) Award, California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) – Institute for Basque Studies

Dr Igor Calzada MBA is a Senior Researcher intersecting digital, urban, and political transformations, particularly researching on digital citizenship, digital rights, data co-operatives, and rescaling nation-states. He has been recently nominated among 100 Most Influential Academics in Government by Apolitical and has published two monographs ‘Emerging Digital Citizenship Regimes: Postpandemic Technopolitical Democracies’ (Emerald, 2022) and ‘Smart City Citizenship’ (Elsevier, 2021).

Since 2021, he is Senior Researcher at WISERD, (Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data) at Cardiff University, School of Social Science, and SPARK (Social Science Research Park). 

Dr Calzada's Fulbright teaching, engagement, and research activities will focus on Digitalisation/Datafication as Emerging Digital Citizenship Regimes in Postpandemic Urban Realms. He is really looking forward to actively design the new curriculum of the Institute for Basque Studies, by setting up international networks, meeting key players in California, and resulting in a three-way MoU between Wales, Cardiff University, WISERD/SPARK (UK), Basque Country, Basque Government – Presidency, General Secretary of External Affairs (Spain), and CSUB, Institute for Basque Studies (USA) through the action research project www.hanhemen.eus on digital citizenship and e-diaspora. He hopes his work can contribute understanding and entrepreneurial networks between Wales, Basque Country, and California, and most importantly, bringing positive change in social, institutional, academic, and diasporic communities overall.