Sarah Tucker ’13 from Indonesia

A Fulbright grant took Sarah Tucker ’13 to Indonesia to study biology with a research proposal to study small-scale fishing communities. Last month, Tucker’s research with Eka M. Kurniasih and Matthew T. Craig, on a newly discovered species of grouper, was published in the internationally regarded journal Copeia. Copeia is known for its publication of original research on fish, amphibians, and reptiles.

More information on Tucker’s article, “A New Species of Grouper (Epinephelus; Epinephelidae) from the Indo-Pacific”, may be found here via the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

The Fellowships Program extends sincerest congratulations to Sarah Tucker on her remarkable achievements.

The featured image in this post is courtesy of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. It depicts a previously recorded species of grouper.



Dara Kaye ’09 from South Korea

Dara Kaye ’09 taught English in South Korea for her Fulbright. Dara decided to extend her stay because she had such a good time. She is offering to give advice to any student interested in applying to Korea.

Relevant links:

  • A radio interview that Dara did with KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) World Radio.
  • The website for English-speaking volunteers of the Daejeon Children’s Home, the orphange Dara volunteers for.
  • An article written by Dara about her experience raising money to buy computers for the children at the orphanage.
  • Dara’s blog posts concerning the orphanage.
  • Two blog entries that will be incorporated into an article for Infusion, the Fulbright Korea magazine.
  • Thisblog post is for Dara’s students and other teachers, about her classroom projects.
  • This newspaper article featuring Dara’s experiences in South Korea.

Jade Bowden ’11 from Italy

Here is a copy of an article that appeared in a daily newspaper in Prato, Italy. It is dedicated to Smith Blumberg Fellow Jade Bowden ’11 who studied in Florence on Smith’s JYA program 2009-10.

The article, in Italian, talks about Jade’s research on the Chinese community in Prato. They ask Jade what she is studying (integration of second generation Chinese-Italians in Prato), how she conducted her research (they mention that she is a Gov and ITS major at Smith and that she received a Blumberg Fellowship) and what her results and suggestions are.

Nora Hayes-Roth ’06 from Italy

Nora Hayes-Roth ’06, who is living and working in Italy as a Fulbright Fellow this year, was chosen to represent her host country in attending the annual Fulbright Seminar on the European Union and NATO, organized by the Belgian Fulbright Commission. For one week in February, Hayes-Roth bounced among briefings in Luxembourg, Brussels and Mons. She recently wrote about her experience among Europe’s high-level officials.

Read the full story here.

Suzanne Schwartz ’07 from India

Suzanne Schwartz ’07 won a Research Grant to India. Her research was published as an article titled “Girl Power Through Purchasing?: The Urban, Young, Educated, Working, Indian Woman and Aspirational Images in Personal Care and Beauty Aid Advertisements” in the Advertising and Society Review (Click here.

Linda M. Scott wrote a review of Schwartz’s research titled “Editorial Introduction” in the Advertising and Society Review, Volume 13, Issue 4, 2013. Read an excerpt below:

Suzanne Schwartz’s piece, “Girl Power Through Purchasing? The Urban, Young, Educated, Working, Indian Woman and Aspirational Images in Personal Care and Beauty Aid Advertisements,” is the result of an extensive ethnographic project conducted among the women who produce the advertising for Lakmé cosmetics in India.

This is a rich, nuanced account of the interaction of gender, modernization, traditional practice, and communications strategy in the dynamic Indian environment. The viewpoint is well grounded in the cultural and historical context, yet underscores similarities between these circumstances and other instances of cosmetics campaigns production in different, especially modernizing, circumstances.

As a result, it stands in important contrast to quite a lot of the feminist literature on advertising, while at the same time giving us an important window into a particular part of the way women in commerce interface with feminism.

Much like the early 20th century women’s creative groups (documented by Jennifer Scanlon in Inarticulate Longings and by myself in Fresh Lipstick), these women see themselves as occupying an important place in the push for women’s freedoms. They very clearly try to use their power over a major advertising campaign to reflect more modern and progressive ideas about women’s roles in their society.

The very fact that this phenomenon not only can but does occur, stands in stark opposition to the way that earlier writers such as Diane Barthels, Naomi Wolf, and Jean Kilbourne have inferred a nameless, faceless, masculine author for beauty ads.

Further, this ethnography extends the work done by Weinbaum, Thomas, Ramamurthy, Poiger, and Yue Dong in The Modern Girl Around The World: Consumption, Modernity, and Globalization, which demonstrated the global origin of contemporary beauty practices in a vision of a “New Woman,” who cared about beauty but also about freedom and pushed the comfort level of patriarchs everywhere.

Thus, Schwartz’s piece is not only a fascinating example of ethnographic work, but an important counterpoint to a receding, but still powerful view of how advertising “works” against women.

You can read Suzanne’s blog about her Fulbright experiences here: