Millsaps graduate and Sociology-Anthropology major Nadia Al-Hashimi was recently awarded a Fulbright scholarship. The Fulbright program is a very prestigious exchange program funded by the United States government that provides participants with the opportunity to study and conduct research abroad. Established in 1946 by Senator J. William Fulbright, the program was designed to promote understanding between the peoples of the U.S. and other countries through the exchange of persons, skills, and knowledge.
Nadia, who graduated in May 2010 and will begin travel to Jordan in September, plans to spend six months in Amman, the capital of Jordan, at the Qasid Institute in an intense language program. After completing the language program, she intends to work with Bedouin women in their daily household activities. She will study changing family structures and politics in varying tribal networks.
"It's actually a lot like my work in the northern Albanian mountains, where I discovered the politics of power among swiftly changing family structures," she says, describing her upcoming research in Jordan.
Nadia describes the process of applying for the Fulbright as "a reflection of my entire Millsaps experience. It wasn't all that unusual except that the page limit was much smaller, and I had two professors to make my paper bleed instead of just one. In the end, I was left with a lot of great advice and the tools that my professors had given to me to assess myself, my goals, and my story." Upon returning to the U.S. in February of 2012, Nadia will be finishing preparations for grad school in the fall.
Nadia is the second student in the sociology and anthropology department to win a Fulbright in the last three years. Two years ago, Chelsi West was awarded a Fulbright to study music and folklore in Albania.
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