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Associate Fellows 2004-05

Associate Fellows are completing their doctoral dissertations. Of the six Associate Fellows named for 2004-2005, four are social scientists and two are from the humanities; four are from outside the U.S.; and five are women.

Lisa Blaydes is a political scientist who specializes in Middle Eastern politics. Fluent in Arabic, she holds an M.A. in International Economics and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University. Her article "Rewarding Impatience: A Bargaining and Enforcement Model of OPEC" appeared in the Spring 2004 issue of International Organization. Her dissertation, Instrumental Islam, argues that most Arab regimes have successfully opposed political Islam through strategies of delegation to official religious establishments.

Ödül Bozkurt, a sociologist originally from Turkey, will be studying the patterns of geographical movement and mobility of high-skilled workers in multinational corporations based on her fieldwork in three major firms in three countries: Finland, Sweden, and Turkey. Fluent in Swedish, Turkish, and English, she holds an M.A. in History from Bogaziçi University in Istanbul.

David Fitzgerald, also in Sociology, is a Latin Americanist (M.A., UCSD) who has published articles in the American Journal of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and the Journal of Social Work Research and Evaluation, as well as a monograph, and papers in numerous edited volumes. His dissertation will study the effects of emigration on the Mexican state-building project, focusing on the community of Arandas in Mexico's central plateau and examining the "leverage" that emigrants gain against Mexican state control and in Mexican internal politics.

Eunyoung Ha is a political scientist working on the forces shaping trends in inequality around the world. She received her undergraduate education in Korea before coming to the United States. Her dissertation argues that in both developed and developing world, countries in which the political left and organized labor are strong continue to have less income inequality among their populations. Ha also holds a Dissertation Fellowship from the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

Nina Sylvester studies Germanic Languages and Literature and is originally from Germany. Her article "Die Stimme, die sich bewegt, und die bewegende Stimme: Die weibliche 'Sprache' in Pina Bausch und Elfriede Jelineks Lust" appeared in the 1998-99 edition of New German Review. Her dissertation, culminating a series of papers delivered at scholarly conferences, addresses the concept of "the girl" in Weimar popular culture (including leading magazines of the period), regarding it in part as an early phase of American cultural influence.

Nadège Veldwachter, originally from Guadeloupe, holds an M.A. in English from the Université de Paris XII, an M.A. in French from the University of New Mexico, and is fluent in (besides English and French) the Creoles of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti, and French Guyana. Her article "Quand l' 'Autre' se fait hôte: De la réception des textes francophones dans l'univers littéraire français" is forthcoming in Dalhousie French Studies. Her dissertation brings theories of translation (both cultural and linguistic) to bear on basic questions about the production and reception of Caribbean literature, specifically how universities, publishing houses, and translation into "major" languages serve to validate -- even to domestic audiences -- local authors and literatures.

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