Grants support Stanford scholars as they forge research collaborations across the globe

712de3ad2641d60e3315bd68b923ffba_400x400With the help of a grant program from the Office of International Affairs (OIA), four Stanford faculty members will team up with counterparts across the globe to broaden their scholarly pursuits. These partnerships range from addressing malaria in Mauritius to developing a center for the study of Greek tragedy in Peloponnese, Greece.

The OIA’s 2014-15 Proof of Concept Seed Grants were open to faculty in all schools and are intended to broaden and deepen the scope of international research. The four recipients of the latest round of grants are all in the School of Humanities and Sciences. They will receive grants up to $30,000.

“We are very pleased to be able to help these four faculty to begin addressing these issues through these innovative projects,” said BRENDAN WALSH, director of the OIA.

The lead researchers and their winning projects are as follows:

  • ZEPHYR FRANK, associate professor of history and director of the Program on Urban Studies, aims to convene two workshops and an Urban Sustainability Expo at the Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) in partnership with universities in China on the theme of sustainable cities. Frank hopes the grant will enable the Program on Urban Studies to establish a home base at SCPKU and conduct field research in Beijing.
  • MAURICE “RUSH” REHM, professor of theater and performance studies and classics, will collaborate with Eleni Papalexiou, a faculty member at the University of the Peloponnese, to establish a summer institute in Greece’s Argolid region. Rehm said he hopes that the institute will serve as an international center for research on Greek tragedy and that it will become a center for theatrical exploration.
  • KRISH SEETAH, assistant professor of anthropology, is conducting research on improving “early warning” models that predict the incidence of malaria in Mauritius. Working with colleagues from the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark and Mauritius, they plan to recover and analyze archaeological samples, assemble a record of past climate change, and correlate these data with historic incidences of malaria epidemics.
  • MICHAEL TOMZ, professor of political science, will collaborate with Professor Masaru Kohno of Waseda University to study Japanese attitudes toward foreign policy. They will design, field and analyze public opinion polls about major foreign policy topics, including territorial disputes, military alliances, trade agreements, economic sanctions, humanitarian intervention and environmental treaties.