Graduate Scholar Recipients

Bianca Vienni Baptista Priya Nayar
Elina Bozhenko Ahmad Yunus Mohd Noor
Danilo Chaib Chan Pak-ka
Janet Crosier Carlos M. Piocos
Philipp Grunewald Bahar Taseli
Hande Gurses Turgut Kerem Tuncel
Diana Soto de Jesús José Antonio González Zarandona

Graduate Scholar Winners

Bianca Vienni Baptista
Bianca received a graduate degree in Archaeology from the Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences at the University of the Republic, Uruguay and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Heritage Management and Conservation from the University of Granada, Spain. Currently, she is developing her PhD thesis on Heritage Management and Conservation at the University of Granada, Spain. She is also a professor and researcher for the Academic Unit of Espacio Interdisciplinario and a collaborator of the Laboratory of Landscape Archaeology and Heritage of Uruguay at the University of the Republic, Uruguay.

Elina Bozhenko
Elina Bozhenko is a PhD student in the Psychology Department at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. Prior to psychology she studied philosophy (BA Hons) and sociology (MA). Her major interests are connected with intergenerational problems, adult child/parent relationships, family therapy and counseling, psychogenealogy and intergenerational influence on personal growth, mental health and pathology. Apart from psychology she is also highly interested in the history of myths, folklore and religion, ethical issues and eastern philosophy.

Danilo Chaib
Danilo Chaib teaches cello, music theory and research in music education at the Escola de Música de Brasília – Brazil. He has developed his work in the field of music education through projects initiated in 1997 with various settlements of the landless communities in Brazil. This work was further developed through investigative research on ‘tertulias musicais’ conducted in the period 2004-2006 with the University of Barcelona, Spain. He is currently building on his doctoral research in the area of sociology of music and music education with the University of Granada, Spain. In tandem with this research, he is also conducting research in the area of sociology of music and conductorless orchestras with the Equality Studies Centre of the School of Social Justice at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Janet Crosier
This month Janet received notification that she has completed all requirements for graduation with a Doctoral Degree in Higher Education: Professional Studies in Education from Capella University. Janet’s dissertation analyzed Self-Reflective Learning Theory as evidenced in the life and writings of eighteenth century British author Emily Bronte. Emily Bronte has been Janet’s passion since she was a little girl. She was honored to present a paper on Bronte’s use of Self-Reflection at the Oxford Round Table Conference at Oxford University last March, 2010.

Janet is a Member of the North American Victorian Studies Association, the Bronte Society, Western Massachusetts Writers Association, and the Modern Language Association. Currently she is employed as Assistant Professor of English at Springfield Technical Community College, in western Massachusetts and is scheduled to become Associate Professor in August 2011.


Philipp Grunewald
Philipp Grunewald is currently finishing his Masters of Arts in International Studies at the University of Melbourne. In his studies he focuses on the areas of development, human rights and the global political system; especially migration issues attract his attention and research efforts. This is reflected in his Master’s thesis which he wrote about trafficking in human beings. Geographically Philipp is mainly interested in Latin America which is also the reason why he has chosen it as a case for his thesis. He completed his undergraduate in Germany at the International School of Management in Dortmund. His Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications is a useful complement to his Master’s degree because it bridges his theoretical knowledge to the organizational world. In future he would like to conduct further research in his areas of interest; either something empirical on human trafficking (in Latin America) or on the development of innovative concepts of global politics.

Hande Gurses
Hande Gurses holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Bogazici University, Istanbul and an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is currently completing her PhD in the French Department at University College London. Drawing on the theoretical background provided by the writings of Jacques Derrida, her study focuses on the role of displacement in the works of Orhan Pamuk. She is interested in the experience of liminality that marks Pamuk’s narratives and explores how it is used as an attempt to forge something new – the self, the story, the text – by displacing old, tired, dichotomies that include East/West, word/image, reality/fiction, original/imitation.

Diana Soto de Jesús
Diana Soto de Jesús is currently finishing a Research Master in Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam with full funding as part of the Huygens Scholarship Program, an initiative for promising international students in the Netherlands. Her master thesis centers on the mobilization of data gathered in online social networks and post-demographics.

With a Bachelor of Arts in both Journalism and a minor in Linguistics from the University of Puerto Rico, media and communication has always been central in Diana’s field of research interests. This mixed background has allowed her to experience media from the professional side as an online journalist for a national news daily, and to engage in quantitative scientific methods as part of her linguistics training. This interdisciplinary background has been useful in pursuing a master in Cultural Analysis which allows for the mobilization of a diverse set of skills and knowledges as one explores the dynamics inherent in concepts and objects as they travel through disciplines, times and places.


Priya Nayar
Priya is currently a graduate student of Media Studies at The New School University. Her areas of interest include Early Childhood Learning and the Media Environment, Media and Advertising in the Indian Context and Socio-Religious Construction of Identity. She holds an undergraduate degree from Adelphi University’s Honors College where her research focused on the Development of Independent Cinema and Comparative Perspectives of Violence and Religion. She has also taken courses at Sciences Po – Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and collaborated with Yale University and City University of New York. She works as a Communications Officer at German University Alliance in New York City, the North American liaison office for Freie Universität Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Additionally, her media advocacy and education portfolio includes work with Dayanand Institute of Education Management and Research in India and UNICEF Headquarters.

Ahmad Yunus Mohd Noor
Ahmad Yunus Mohd Noor is a lecturer at the Department of Theology and Philosophy, Faculty of Islamic Studies (FPI), National University of Malaysia (UKM). He is currently completing a PhD degree at the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, School of Government and International Affairs, University of Durham, United Kingdom. He is interested in Religion, Qur’anic Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Contemporary Thought, Middle Eastern Studies, Spirituality, Literary Studies, and Hermeneutics.

Chan Pak-ka
Chan Pak-ka is a research assistant at the Research Centre for Chinese Ancient Texts in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His latest research project is related to vocabularies of pre-Qin and Han Chinese ancient texts, and he is working towards a Master of Philosophy in Chinese Language and Literature. His research interests include Chinese ancient classics, pre-Qin philosophy, and history of Han dynasty.

Carlos M. Piocos
Carlos M. Piocos III is a postgraduate student at the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University in Cardiff, UK, through the auspices of the Ford Foundation – International Fellowship Program. He used to teach literature, critical and creative writing courses at the University of the Philippines – Los Banos. He has published numerous critical essays and poetry in journals (in Filipino) and he has won several national poetry awards in the Philippines. His first book of poems in Filipino entitled “Corpus” has been published recently by University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila, Philippines. He has also studied MA Philippine Studies at the University of the Philippines – Diliman where he finished his bachelor of arts degree in Comparative Literature.

Bahar Taseli
Bahar Taseli is a PhD candidate at the University of East London, Humanities and Social Studies. Her PhD project explores the issue of collective identity within Turkish Cypriot community, analyzed in the context of the ongoing Cyprus conflict. Bahar has taught at different universities including the Eastern Mediterranean University in north Cyprus and lastly at the University of East London.

Turgut Kerem Tuncel
Turgut is a PhD candidate in the Doctoral School in Sociology and Social Research at the Faculty of Sociology in the University of Trento, Italy. He holds a BA in Psychology with a minor degree in Sociology and a MA in Political Science. Prior to enrolling in the PhD program in Trento, he worked as a research assistant in Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey and as a teaching assistant in Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey. His research interests are transnationalism; diasporas; collective memory; Armenian diaspora; Armenian studies; Armenian-Turkish relations; politics and society in the Caucasus.

José Antonio González Zarandona
Antonio was born in Puebla, Mexico in 1980, where he received his undergraduate studies in Communication Sciences. During 2002-2003 he studied literature at the University of Salamanca in Spain on an exchange student program. Back in Mexico, he graduated in 2005 with a thesis on the history of experimental cinema, which led him to apply to a Master Degree in Film Studies at the University of Melbourne. In 2008 he received his Master of Arts and was later accepted to pursue a PhD in the Department of Art History within the same university, supervised by Professor Jaynie Anderson FAHA CIHA. His topic is the destruction of Aboriginal rock art in the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia. Between 2007 and 2009, he worked as a multimedia designer at the National Gallery of Victoria. He has published in Senses of Cinema and the Journal of Art Historiography.