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.

Katherine Edelen

Norwegian Project Support, 2012

Project on the relationship between environmental factors and social conflicts, undertaken at Norway’s Peace Research Institute in Oslo. Prior to going to Norway, Edelen had spent a year as an intern with the White House Task Force on Climate Change and Energy. Her Roth Endowment award enabled her to extend her data collection on water shortages and political conflict, with a Norwegian project in Bangladesh. Following this, she spent a year at Oxford as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in a Master’s program in Water Science, Policy and Management.

Kristine Ericson

Norwegian Project Support, 2011

Project on the influence of Japanese design on Sverre Fehn, Norway’s most influential late-20th-century architect. While in Norway, Ericson was the lead designer for a studio project to create a “green path” linking the Norwegian University of Science and Technology campus. Her Roth Endowment award allowed the recent Williams College graduate to travel to two Fehn building sites in northern Norway.

John Nelson

Norwegian Project Support, 2010

Project on collective environmental values in the Norwegian welfare state. At the time, Nelson had just graduated from Williams College.

Rolf Steier

Norwegian Project Support, 2009

Project entitled “Designing for Learning,” which addresses the role that mobile telephone technologies play in children’s learning in public spaces. At the time, Steier was building on a Master’s degree from Stanford University.

Jeff Lugowe

Norwegian Project Support, 2008

Project on the assimilation of Polish migrants into Norwegian society. Lugowe has a BA from Brown University.

Anne Bersagel

Norwegian Project Support, 2007

Project on Norway’s efforts to enlist NGOs in public and cultural diplomacy

Amelia Bidwell

Norwegian Project Support, 2007

Project on local community and politics in medieval Scandinavia, part of the Transformation Project at the University of Oslo’s Centre for Viking and Medieval Studies. Bidwell graduated from Smith College in 2003.

Robert Strand

Norwegian Project Support, 2006

Project on global business ethics. Upon his return, Strand wrote, from his base at the University of Minnesota’s Business School: “In Norway as a Fulbrighter … I was helped by the Roth Endowment to regionalize my research. In companies like Nokia in Finland and Novo Nordisk in Denmark I explored different [corporate] approaches to responsibility.”

Blake Boulerice

Norwegian Project Support, 2005

Project on Old Norse philology, exploring this language that is a key component in the development of Germanic languages and provides a window into medieval history. At the time, linguist Boulerice was at Harvard University.