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US Awardees 2016-2017


Mr Paul Asta
is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington where he received his MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry. For his Fulbright Award he will be taking a masters degree in Creative Writing at University College Cork where he hopes to finish his poetry manuscript for publication.

Ms Emma Austin is a graduate of University of California Irvine where she majored in English with an emphasis on creative writing (fiction). She will be this year’s Fulbright-Uversity student awardee taking a Master of Arts in Creative Process, culminating in a novel that explores the clash of paganism and Christianity through history, folklore, and Ireland’s Celtic roots.

Ms Elise Alonzi is a PhD Candidate at Arizona State University in the field of Bioarchaeology. She will be based at University College Cork as a visiting student researcher focusing on the utilisation of chemical analyses to understand how monks travelled in the early and late medieval periods.

Ms Cara Cavanaugh is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in History of Science.  She will be attending Dublin City University to complete a master’s degree in Science Communication, focusing on how to make science more accessible.

Mr Ben Claeson is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.  He will attend University College Dublin for an MSC in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict. While there, he will conduct research on the long term effects of the Good Friday agreement on inter-community relations in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Ms Annie Curran received a BA in English and Film & Media Studies from the College of William and Mary. She will attend University College Cork, where she will complete a taught Masters in Irish Writing and Film. Her research will focus on tracing contemporary Irish-American literary and filmic tropes back to Irish literature.

Dr Jeffrey A. Dean is the Ralph McDonald Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and a Professor of Orthodontics at the Indiana University School of Dentistry and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis. He served the dental school as Chair of the Department of Oral Facial Development and is currently the CEO of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Jeff will work on curriculum development with the RCSI – Hamad Medical Corporation Qatar collaboration, teach a number of Programmes, and collaborate with RCSI on research protocols.

Ms Maureen Fleming is a choreographer and performance artist from NYC and has performed her work to international acclaim spanning five continents. While in residence at the University of Limerick Irish World Academy and NUIG, she will develop, document and teach her original technique; study the movement and vocal expressions of sean-nós and the stories and other manifestations of the Irish Cailleach; and create new choreography infused by this research.

Dr Roy F. Fox is Emeritus Professor of English and Education at the University of Missouri, where he serves as President of The Missouri Writing Project Collaborative. Professor Fox will be in residence at the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences (CACSS) Graduate School at University College Cork. He will lead a series of workshops and peer response groups for faculty and graduate students as they develop scholarly and creative products. Dr. Fox will also lead a collaborative research project investigating how faculty members navigate their paths to scholarly and creative production, focusing on verbal/visual thinking, fluency, emotional engagement, and other themes.

Dr Tener Goodwin Veenema is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the Editor of Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards, the leading textbook in the field. Dr. Veenema will be teaching leadership in health care systems at RCSI and will be assisting in the development of RCSI Advanced Nurse Practitioner programs. Dr. Veenema will be conducting an analysis of health professionals and service preparedness for disaster/major incident management in Ireland with particular focus on the leadership skills required.

Mr Corey Griffin is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Portland State University and Director of the Building Science Lab to Advance Teaching (BUILT). With graduate degrees in engineering and architecture, his research focuses on the intersections of structural systems and green buildings with an emphasis on integrated design, multi-performance structures, and resilience. At NUIG, he will be studying and contributing to several university and industry partnerships centered on improving the energy efficiency of buildings in Ireland.

Dr Melissa M Hidalgo is an independent scholar based in LA. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (BA, English), the University of Chicago (MA, English), and UC San Diego (PhD, Literature). Her research and teaching interests include Mexican American and Chicana/o literature, US ethnic studies, popular culture, and queer studies. Her new project, “Irish Blood, Chicano Heart: Contextualizing Transnational Morrissey Fandom,” is a study of the historical contexts of Irish and Chicana/o-Mexican American cultural exchange, from literature and music to popular culture. Dr. Hidalgo will join the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster at the University of Limerick.

Mr Cody Jarman is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he studied English literature and Theatre. He will be pursuing a taught Masters in Irish Writing and Film at University College Cork. Cody’s research will focus on considering modern and contemporary Irish literature in a global context.

Dr Fredric Kropp is a Professor of Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He concurrently holds a University Professorial Research Fellowship in the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre at the University of Adelaide. He will be conducting research on motivations, attitudes and behaviors of Irish social entrepreneurs during his Fulbright Scholarship at Dublin City University.

Dr Teresa Bramlette Reeves is the Chief Curator for the Zuckerman Museum of Art in metropolitan Atlanta, where she and her colleagues organize contemporary art exhibitions and programming.  At the Irish Museum of Modern Art, she will focus on a creative and research-based project gleaned from her study of aspects of the museum’s archives.

Mr Dan Robinson is Director of Research and Measurement for Project 2021 at the University of Texas at Austin. As a Fulbright Scholar at the Waterford Institute of Technology, he will both teach and conduct research on technology that enhances learning.

Dr Christopher M. Seitz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public and Community Health at Liberty University. He will be a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College Cork. His teaching and research will focus on collaborating with students to advocate for a change in the campus’ tobacco policy through a “photovoice” project. He will also work with faculty members on various tobacco control and alcohol-related research projects.

Professor Scott Sundby is Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida.  He will be teaching a course on the American death penalty at Trinity College Dublin Law School and conducting comparative research on the causes of wrongful convictions

For more information on our American Alumni from previous years, please click here.