David Holmberg takes over as Fulbright adviser

David Holmberg portrait

Emeritus professor David Holmberg has joined the Einaudi Center as Cornell's Fulbright adviser. Holmberg replaces Gil Levine, emeritus professor of biological and environmental engineering, who has served since 1997.

Holmberg, an anthropologist, is a specialist in minority societies in Nepal. With his wife, anthropologist Kathryn March, he co-founded the Cornell Nepal Study Program in partnership with Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. Both Holmberg and March retired this year.

“We are extremely fortunate that Prof. Holmberg has agreed to help Cornell students navigate the Fulbright process,” said Einaudi Center director Hirokazu Miyazaki. “He has decades of experience as both an educator and an international researcher. It is hard to imagine anyone more suited to this role.”

The Einaudi Center manages Cornell's participation in the U.S. state department's Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the education department's Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program.

The U.S. Student Program provides graduate students with funds and other support for a year of study in any of 150 qualified countries. The DDRA program supports doctoral students conducting research in language or area studies for six months to a year.

Cornell has been a leader among U.S. universities in producing awardees in both programs.

As Fulbright adviser, Holmberg will assist students at every stage of the award process, from consultation on their applications to support for successful applicants during their time abroad.

He will be located in 120E Uris Hall and may be reached at dholmberg@cornell.edu or 255-1554.

Holmberg chaired the anthropology department from 1990 to 1997, then again from 2001 to 2008. His ethnographic research concentrated on the Tamang people of Nepal.

His recent work has focused on forced labor, conceptions of power, and the rise of indigenous people in Nepal's political life. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled Extractive Labor/Productive Ritual.