Duke Graduate Student Receives Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Award

September 30, 2021
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The Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) is delighted to announce that a Duke graduate student has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Award for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Sophia Goodfriend, Ph.D. student in the Department of Cultural Anthropology, received a grant to travel abroad in support of her dissertation project. 

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States. Award funding covers international travel expenses, maintenance allowance, project allowance for research-related expenses, and health and accident insurance premiums for a trip lasting between six and 12 months.

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Award will allow Sophia to conduct 12 months of ethnographic research in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. During this time, she will be affiliated as a visiting scholar at Tel Aviv University, sharing her findings with academics, civil society organizations, and policy-makers.  Sophia Goodfriend's ethnographic research examines the ethics and impact of emerging surveillance technologies in Israel.  Goodfriend's research takes place among high-tech workers, policy-makers, and entrepreneurs driving the development and implementation of surveillance in the region, as well as digital rights advocates and communities contesting the effects of high-tech surveillance, particularly biometric monitoring. By moving between diverse communities, Goodfriend highlights the promises and uncertainties of new surveillance regimes.

At Duke, the DDRA application process is coordinated by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies. To learn more about the application process and requirements, please visit the DUCIGS website or contact Amanda Frederick (amanda.frederick@duke.edu).