Asian Studies Research Award Recipients

We are pleased to announce our 2018-2019 Asian Studies Program Research Awards! We received an unprecedented number of applications, demonstrating the high interest in and diversity of approaches to the study Asia at UB. Please join us in congratulating our awardees! We hope you join us in learning more about their research projects during Asia at Noon lectures in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Devon Asmus. Department of Anthropology, PhD Student. Research Support, Southeast Asia. Award provided in collaboration with the Nila T. Gnamm Research Fund.

“Beauty, Decay, and HIV/AIDS Care in Thailand”: Compares how bodily aesthetics shape practices and perceptions of medicine at two different HIV/AIDS clinics in central Thailand.

Michael Flatt. Department of English, Poetics. PhD Student. Research Support, Japan.

“Contemporary Software Poetics”: Study of the work of Kitasono Katue, an often-overlooked progenitor of concrete poetry and a founder of the Vou group of Japanese visual poets.

Brittany Kenyon. Department of Anthropology, PhD Student. Research Support, Japan

“Small skeletal variation in macaque species”: Aims to decipher the extent to which small skeletal variations aid in distinguishing among macaque species, and secondarily, to better understand the extent to which these differences are caused by environmental factors such as climate, habitat, and diet.

Carolyn Marcille, PhD. Asian Studies Program. Research Faculty and Adjunct. Curricular Development Support, India.

“Hindi Cinema Curricular Development”: Develop innovative curricular materials that improve pedagogical approaches to Hindi cinema.

Shaanta Murshid, PhD. School of Social Work. Assistant Professor. Research Support, United Arab Emirates.

“Bangladeshi female migrant labor in Dubai: Balancing financial needs with dual oppression”: Aimed at understanding the dual oppression that female Bangladeshi migrant workers experience in Middle Eastern countries like the United Arab Emirates where they work as “housemaids” as well as at the hands of their husbands when they return home as gender roles are usurped.