Kaja Gjelde-Bennett

Norwegian Project Support, 2019

Kaja Gjelde-Bennett, of Pacific Lutheran University, is studying language rights and revitalization of theSami, the Indigenous peoples of Northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. Her Roth Endowment award will allow her to travel to South Sami institutions in Norway and Sweden in order to gain access to their unique archives and conduct interviews with Sami language educators, community leaders, and politicians. Upon her return to the U.S., Kaja hopes to pursue a PhD in Indigenous Studies or Sociolinguistics in order to advance indigenous language revitalization.

Kristen Gleason

Norwegian Project Support, 2019

Kristen Gleason, of the University of Georgia, is conducting research in the contemporary Norwegian Arctic in order to advance her work in environmental theory and aesthetics as well as to aid in the writing of her novel, set in the near-future Arctic. Her Roth Endowment award will allow her to travel to several Northern arts and literature festivals throughout Norway in order to expand her research and connect with Northern artists and writers. Upon her return to the U.S., Kristen plans to teach creative writing in a university setting while continuing to work on her novel.

Sophia Angelis

Norwegian Project Support, 2018

Sophia Angelis, of Harvard University, conducted comparative research on the role played by Norway’s prison  architecture in creating humane environments that encourage rehabilitation. With her Roth Endowment award, she created an exhibition that illustrates alternatives to US prisons and supports discussion and research on the administration of justice in the United States.

Solveig Mebust

Norwegian Project Support, 2017

Solveig Mebust, of the University of Michigan, is conducting doctoral research on therole of women in music activism during the nineteenth century, an important topic, as female contributions to the production of music are often overlooked. One of the main subjects of Solveig’s research is Nina Hagerup Grieg, the wife of composer Edvard Grieg and a talented musician in her own right. Our project support is currently helping Solveig expand her research to include Gjendine Slaalien, a diary maid who inspired Edvard Grieg with traditional folk songs that he transcribed and used in his own compositions, and will also enable Solveig to conduct additional research on Nina Hagerup Grieg’s role as a mentor and advocate for young women musicians.

Nora Uhrich

Norwegian Project Support, Honorable Mention, 2017

Saint Olaf College’s Nora Uhrich undertook timely  research on the treatment of female  refugees in Norway who have experienced sexual trauma and the role of cultural  differences in how their cases are handled. She hopes to raise awareness about this vulnerable population and use her research to inform and influence legislators who work on refugee policies. Our project support helped Uhrich travel to remote asylum reception centers in Norway, where she  conducted interviews with residents and employees,  facilitate visits to psychological clinics that specialize in the treatment of asylum seekers and hire translators for her interviews with refugee women.

Anna Offit

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Anna Offit, of Princeton University, received support for her fascinating ethnographic study of ambivalence about the role of lay decision-makers in the judicial system. Despite being a pioneer in safeguarding representative jury selection, Norway is now considering doing away with the jury system. Anna seeks to investigate this decision as well as examine the relationship between Norway’s cultural norms and intuitions about justice and its lawyers’ attitudes about juries. While Anna was already using her opportunity with Fulbright to conduct interviews with prosecutors and observe jury trials in Oslo, our award allowed her to expand her research and undertake comparative research on jury demographics in the city of Tromsø.

Haley Peterson

Norway Project Support, 2015

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As costume designer undertaking a Master’s at Norway’s innovative Oslo National Academy of the Arts, she worked with Christina Lindgren, internationally known for her costumes for musical theater, opera, theater, and dance performances. In Norway, Peterson had her designs for the world premiere of Charles Mee’s play soot and spit in Arizona accepted, and was part of the the team that designed Norway’s student submission to the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Our award allowed her to attend this unique live exhibition of world theater and scenography, as well as create a national costume reflecting her multinational Turkish-American-Norwegien identity. To learn more, visit Haley’s website, and read the New York Time’s review of soot and spit off Broadway!.


Brigid Babbish

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Bassoonist Brigid Babbish took advantage of Norwegian orchestral traditions to advance her skill and musicianship; in preparation for recitals in Norway and the U.S., she used her LRE award to have a balance hanger made to accommodate the Norwegian conservatory style of playing standing up.

Juliana Hanle

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For her Fulbright project, journalist Juliana Hanle (Yale University) went to Norway to document the impact of industry on indigenous communities in Norway. Her Roth Endowment award allowed her to travel to the high arctic to report on local protests against big mining interests there. Julia continued to follow the story, and in November 2019 published her article “The Fight for the Reindeer” in the Scientific American.

Janet Connor

Norwegian Project Support, 2013

Janet Connor’s project explored how immigrant children are socialized to the complex language ideologies that exist within Norway. Unlike most other European nations, Norway has two standard written languages, each of which allows for much internal variation. Spoken Norwegian is made up of a large variety of regional dialects, and the use of a specific dialect indicates that the speaker belongs to a particular place and establishes claims to that region’s identity. The Norwegian linguistic context thus presents an unusual challenge to immigrants. In her Fulbright‐funded fieldwork in an Oslo primary school—whose student body is over 95% first‐ or second‐generation immigrant—Connor examined how immigrant communities recognize and align themselves with cultural values that are attached to specific dialects. Roth Endowment project support enabled Connor to perform a comparative study in Steinkjer, a town in Trøndelag, a region in central Norway known for its distinctive dialect. Connor’s project has already begun to receive attention both from anthropologists and non‐academics.