Kathleen Ernst

Swedish Project Support, 2017

Kathleen Ernst, of the University of Tennessee, undertook research into the strengthening of climate services and social planning in Sweden. Through several case studies, she explored options for bridging the growing gap between the scientific community’s knowledge about climate change and the practical use of that information to plan for and adapt to the changing climate. Funds from the Roth Endowment allowed Ernst to attend the European Climate Adaptation Conference to learn from the European Union’s approaches to environmental issues.

Kirsten Santos Rutschman

Kirsten Santos Rutschman, PhD student in musicology

Swedish Project Support, 2016

Kirsten Santos Rutschman, of Duke University, conducted research on the concept of “folk” in 19th century Swedish music. During this century, Sweden’s boundaries changed dramatically, leading to a crisis of national identity. Rutschman’s research links this questioning of what it meant to be Swedish with the incorporation of folk melodies into various forms of music, including solo, choral and orchestral works. Traveling to Sweden offered the special opportunity to access to musical manuscripts of compositions that use folk song to  trace the development of the use of folk melodies over time.

Tess Kurtasz

Swedish Project Support, 2016 

Tess Kurtasz, of the Pennsylvania State University, used her Fulbright Fellowship to situate the collections of Queen Christina of Sweden within the broader antiquarian markets of 17th-century Europe. By broadening our knowledge of this subject, Tess sought to illuminate the significance of art collecting as a sign of power and social status as well as explore the extent to which Queen Christina used it to fashion her own public image as a ruler, a sponsor of learning and an early modern woman. Additionally, Tess hoped that her research would clarify and challenge existing representations of Queen Christina’s legacy, both in scholarship and popular culture, which present her actions and lifestyle in an unflattering manner.

Clare Benson

Swedish Project Support, 2015

SWEDEN - Clare BensonA photographer interested in the intersections of art and science, Clare Benson (Central Michigan University) worked with Sámi filmmaker Hans-Olof Utsi and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics—both in Kiruna, Sweden—in exploring the intersection of current astronomical investigations and ancient traditions and mythologies of indigenous Sámi culture. With her award she developed an inclusive event organized around the human relationship to the sky, sun, and universe, and returned to Sweden the following year with support from the American Scandinavian Foundation to carry out this project.

Melanie Aronson

Swedish Project Support, 2015

melanie_aronsonAronson went to Sweden to create a social documentary film about Syrian refugees. By the time she applied for our support in fall 2014, Sweden had become the largest host country of Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian refugees outside of the Middle East and the only country to promise permanent residency to all Syrians seeking asylum. A 2007 graduate from Barnard, Lois Roth’s alma mater, Aronson’s Dreamland Sverige explores the subjective experience of migrating to Sweden, by exploring how the preconceptions of asylum seekers compare to their actual experiences as refugees. Her award helped her fund travel to different refugee communities within Sweden.

Jeffrey Ziegler

Swedish Project Support, 2014

Jeff_Ziegler-e1417999440882-300x277Political scientist Jeffrey Ziegler (University of Wisconsin-Madison), in Sweden to study electoral and party finance reform, was based at Umea University; he used his award to travel to Stockholm to interview civil servants, collect documents and attend conferences.

Evelyn Ansel

Swedish Project Support, 2014

Ansel Head ShotEvelyn Ansel spent her Fulbright year at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, where she brought her unique skills in museum studies, art conservation and boatbuilding to their collection of 17th-century shipbuilding tools. Her Roth Endowment award allowed her to travel to, photograph and blog about shipyards, mills and metal shops elsewhere in Europe.

Daniel Chavez

Swedish Project Support, 2013

With Roth Endowment project support, Daniel Chavez undertook a holistic study of lighting incorporating the perspectives of architecture, urban planning, public health and interior design. His research culminated in a series of design projects and presentations. Historically, architects and electrical engineers have treated lighting as a secondary consideration. In recent years, however, a dozen lighting design programs have been founded, internationally, to develop lighting designers’ visual literacy and practical knowledge of lighting fixtures and designs. As a relatively new and growing field, it offers opportunities for fascinating cross‐cultural comparison and study—an opportunity that Chavez takes full advantage of.

Anne Mathieson

Swedish Project Support, 2013

While working on prostitution issues with other activists in the U.S., Anne Mathieson learned of an anti‐prostitution policy being pioneered in Sweden, which modeled new international standards by: a) decriminalizing the activities of individuals selling sexual services, and b) criminalizing the activities of those purchasing sexual services or living off the earnings of prostituted persons. Studies show that the Swedish model has successfully reduced the number of individuals prostituted and trafficked in Sweden, as well as the number of buyers of sexual services. Her Roth‐Thompson awaedenabling Mathieson to put her research in Sweden into an international perspective, to determine if and how core elements of this model could be successfully introduced to the U.S.

Elisa Maria Lopez

Swedish Project Support, 2012

Project on the sociocultural impacts of renewable energy development among the Sami people, for a dissertation in anthropology at Columbia University.