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Global PhD Research Scholars

The Einaudi Center’s Global PhD Research Awards fund international fieldwork to help Cornell students complete their dissertations. Through a generous gift from Amit Bhatia, this new funding opportunity annually supports several PhD students during their fieldwork. Recipients hold the title of Amit Bhatia ’01 Global PhD Research Scholars.


2022–23 Scholars

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Tarana Chauhan

Destination: India 

Factors Affecting Women’s Experience of Intimate Partner Violence in Developing Countries

Tarana Chauhan (Applied Economics and Management) will conduct focus groups with female factory workers in India to study the effect of economic and noneconomic shocks on women’s intrahousehold bargaining power and experience of intimate partner violence.

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Alice Clinch

Destinations: Greece and Italy

Of Earth and Stone: Material Culture and Natural Science in the Ancient Mediterranean

Alice Clinch (History of Art and Visual Studies) will bring microscopic techniques and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy together with ancient Greek and Latin texts to better understand ancient art and architecture in Greece and Italy.

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Du Fei

Destinations: India, Malaysia, and United Kingdom

Virtuous Inheritance: Gendering Economic Life and Islam in Global South Asia, 1660-1900

Du Fei (History) works on global Islam at the intersection of legal history and gender studies. His dissertation examines the transregional circulation of an array of legal and ethical texts in Persian, Urdu, Arabic, and English in India, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom.

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Sampreety Gurung

Destinations: Malaysia and Nepal

Provisioning Life: The Making of Nepali Migrant Labor in Malaysia

Sampreety Gurung (Anthropology) explores labor migration from Nepal to Malaysia to investigate how people understand work, identity, and kinship in contemporary capitalist societies.

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Anna Koshcheeva

Destination: Laos

Seeing Competing Futures: The Visual Culture of Cold War Laos

Anna Koshcheeva (Asian Studies) works at the intersections of the cultural history of the Cold War in Asia, visual culture, temporality, and Buddhism. Her fieldwork will analyze multiple and competing visual representations of the Cold War in Laos.

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Antonio Moya-Latorre

Destinations: Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico

Performing the Alternative(s): Peripheral Cultural Infrastructures Across Latin American Cities

Antonio Moya-Latorre (City and Regional Planning) will conduct an ethnographic study of a self-organized music school near Oaxaca’s biggest landfill. He will examine equivalent organizations in Medellin and São Paulo to investigate the impact of collective artistic movements by youth living on the margins.

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Darren Wan

Destinations: Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and United Kingdom

Documenting Belonging: Citizenship Claims and Bureaucratic Encounters in British Southeast Asia

Darren Wan (History) studies histories of labor migration, decolonization, and citizenship. His dissertation examines how migrant workers claimed citizenship in the newly independent states of Burma and Malaya in the 1950s and 1960s.


2021–22 Scholars

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Xinyu Guan

Destination: Singapore

Heartlanders: The Making of Racial and Sexual Citizenship in Singapore's State-Constructed Housing Estates

Xinyu Guan (Anthropology) is investigating the dynamics of structural racism, sexuality, and citizenship in Singapore's urban spaces. His project is an ethnographic study of lived experiences of racialization, sexual discipline, and surveillance in the everyday spaces of interaction in Singapore's housing estates.

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Vincent Mauro

Destinations: Brazil and Colombia

Party Systems and Democratic Redistribution

Vincent Mauro (Government) studies the politics of inequality. His dissertation investigates how party systems shape paths of social reform, redistribution, and economic inequality in Latin America and beyond. He is concurrently working on a project exploring the political behavior of economic elites in relation to crime, insecurity, redistribution, and democracy.

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Ryan Thomas

Destination: Tanzania

Spatial Knowledge Production for Climate Adaptation Planning in Contexts of Urban Informality: Risk Mapping in Dar es Salaam

Ryan Thomas (City and Regional Planning) studies city maps' impact on climate adaptation planning. His fieldwork investigates the mapping techniques used in the World Bank’s Open Cities Africa projects to address underrepresentation of informal settlements in adaptation planning.

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Anran Wang

Destinations: China, Mongolia, Japan, and Russia

The Model Borderland of Maoist China: Identity Politics and Ideological Contentions in Inner Mongolia, 1945–1966

Anran Wang (History) is researching the interaction between ethnonational identity and communist ideology in the Cold War era, concentrating on China's northeast Asian and inner-Asian borderlands. His dissertation focuses on ethnopolitical developments in Inner Mongolia between World War II and the Cultural Revolution.