Travis Franks

Australian Project Support, 2017

This year’s award went to Travis Franks of Arizona State University for his dissertation comparing narratives of settler colonialism and literature in two Texas-es:  the town of Texas, in Queensland Australia, and the US state of Texas. His research will explore the use of literary and musical tradition to imagine a collective identity tied to a specific place and defined against Indigenous populations. Travis will also conduct ethnographic fieldwork on settlement history with colleagues in Queensland as well as with his research partner at the Texas Heritage Museum. Supplementary funds from the Roth Endowment will help support his presentation at the international conference of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network on “Race, Whiteness and Indigeneity,” featuring major scholars from the U.S. and Australia. Travis hopes that his research into the transnational links between settler nativism and anti-immigrant nativism will contribute to social justice on behalf of Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee populations.

Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee AUSTRALIA 2016 Headshot-minAustralian Project Support, 2016

Matthew researched of the causes of video game-related aggression, specifically the role of certain social mechanisms, such as game difficulty, user experience, community engagement and perceived social support, in encouraging or deterring anti-social toxicity manifested through cyberbullying and the intentional sabotage of other players’ experiences. Matthew’s findings contributed to his dissertation, which focused on a model of design for positive games that promote healthy behavior. Our award helped Matthew to travel to the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Congress, where he presented a tutorial on the use of psychological concepts for interdisciplinary collaboration, especially in the design of digital environments that could be used for educational or therapeutic purposes.

Vince Redhouse

Vince Redhouse Australia 2016 HeadshotAustralian Project Support, 2016

Originally, Vince set out to examine the effectiveness of deliberative democracy and hoped to apply his findings to US political theory with the aim of improving intercultural communication and the well-being of Native Americans. However, Vince’s research led him to examine the legitimacy of the rule of the Australian government over indigenous people, which he believes can only be obtained through their deliberate consent. Consent is only meaningful, however, when indigenous groups must  the option, and the resources, to govern themselves. Vince believes that through improvement of the conditions of Aboriginal communities and large-scale reconciliation and trust-building efforts, Australia can morally legitimize its rule.

 

William Lempert

Australian Project Support, 2015

AUSTRALIA William-LempertHis research in cultural anthropology looks at Indigenous media as an essential element for engaging and supporting some of the most culturally rich, yet vulnerable peoples of the world. In the Kimberley region of Australia, he explored the stakes involved in different Indigenous visions of Aboriginality by comparing two media organizations, following the social lives of their media through collaborating on production teams. His study reveals the changing diversity of Indigenous media in settler-colonial nations, as well as Indigenous challenges and perspectives in Australia and the U.S. Visit his website to learn more about his research, writing, films and podcasts. 

Margit Bowler

Australian Project Support, 2012

Margit-BowlerProject on linguistic quantifiers in Warlpiri, an aboriginal language spoken by 3,000 people in Australia’s Northern Territories. Bowler’s Roth Endowment award helped defray the costs of field work and data collection. She is a graduate of Reed College.

Matthew Perez

Australian Project Support, 2011

Studies with Richard Whiteley, an internationally renowned artist and expert in glass casting, at the Australian National University. His Roth Endowment award allowed Perez to travel from Canberra to Melbourne and Sydney as a visiting artist to engage university audiences on his research project, entitled “To Anneal,” on new techniques of glass fabrication. See www.matthewdayperez.com.

Chelsea Lane‐Miller

Australian Project Support, 2010

Project on water distribution policy in the Murray‐Darling basin, which weighed the needs of communities against those of farmers and the environment. Lane-Miller, a graduate of Dartmouth College, conducted this research in Adelaide at the University of Southern Australia.

Joshua Coene

Australian Project Support, 2009

Travel funds for research on changes in penal policy and practices in New South Wales over the last four decades.

Abigail Sebaly

Australian Project Support, 2009

Project on dance forms and dance education. Sebaly, a Merce Cunnigham dancer and graduate of the University of Michigan, is now at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, continuing her research into methods of curating contemporary dance.

Amos Jones

Australian Project Support, 2007

Project on the Australian experience of constitutionalism and its US links, conducted at Melbourne University’s School of Law. Jones is a Columbia University and Harvard Law School graduate.