Africa Program Announces 2005 Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellows

Jun 06, 2005

The Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2005 Summer African Doctoral Candidate Fellowships. This annual competition, sponsored by the Open Society Institute, brings three American students pursuing a PhD to the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. They are invited to spend the summer researching and writing their dissertations while participating in the scholarly community at the Center, and making use of the wide array of resources available in Washington, D.C. A public presentation of each fellow's work will be held in August 2005.

Heather Baldwin is a PhD candidate at Boston College, in Cultural and Developmental Psychology. Her project at the Wilson Center is entitled "Using In Depth Interviews to Examine Trust in Female Former Child Soldiers Living in Rwanda." She has recently returned from 18 months of field research in Rwanda, conducting interviews with former female child soldiers and working with UNICEF's field project there.

Catherine Corson is a PhD candidate at the University of California-Berkeley, in Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Her project, titled "The International Politics Behind the Community-Based Conservation Agenda: A Madagascar Case Study," focuses on environmental conservation and development approaches in Madagascar, and their relationship to broader aid and development policy. Catherine has lived both in South Africa and Zimbabwe and has traveled extensively throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to begin her doctoral program, Corson worked for several years on international conservation and development policy in Washington, D.C., in both the executive and legislative branches.

Lee Ann Fujii is a PhD candidate at George Washington University in Political Science. Her project, titled "Killers and Killer-Rescuers: Uncovering Motives for Genocide in Rwanda" examines the personal and communal factors that led to participation in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Her project is based on nine months of fieldwork in Rwandan prisons and villages, where she interviewed confessed genocidaires as well as bystanders, victims, rescuers, and resisters.

For more information about this program, or to contact these scholars, please email Oulie Keita at africa@wwic.si.edu .

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