Two UMass Amherst Faculty Receive Fulbright Teaching and Research Grants

AMHERST, Mass. - Two faculty members at the University of Massachusetts Amherst - Leonce Ndikumana, associate professor of economics, and Alice Nash, assistant professor of history - have received Fulbright teaching and research grants for the 2003-04 academic year. Nash has been selected as the Fulbright-Universite de Montreal Visiting Chair for 2003-2004. Ndikumana will be at the University of Cape Town, School of Economics, in South Africa, from July 2003 to June 2004.

The purpose of the Fulbright Scholar Program, founded in 1946, is to build mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their field.

Nash will conduct research on a new project: "Council Fires And Cooking Fires: A Comparative Study of Gender and Colonization at Kahnawake and Odanak, 1700-1850." This study will look at how gender was expressed in everyday life as well as in intertribal political contexts such as the Wabanaki Confederacy and the Seven Nations of Canada.

Nash will also teach an undergraduate seminar in the spring 2004 term. The seminar is a modified version of her course, Deerfield 1704, developed and taught at UMass in fall 2002. In Deerfield 1704, students studied the 1704 attack on Deerfield, Mass., by a mixed war party of French, Mohawk, Abenaki, and Huron raiders from multiple perspectives, drawing mostly on English sources. Class trips included visits to Deerfield as well as a four-day trip to Quebec to visit three native reserves as well as Montreal and Quebec City. At the University of Montreal, Nash will teach Deerfield 1704: Probl?mes en l''histoire coloniale de l''Am?rique du Nord, drawing on both French and English sources. Students will have an opportunity to visit Deerfield and participate in some of the activities scheduled to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the 1704 attack.

From July to December 2003, Ndikumana will teach a macroeconomics theory course in the new "Collaborative Economics Ph.D. Program," which was inaugurated in 2002 and is supported by the African Economic Research Consortium, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. The program is offered in collaboration with eight other universities in sub-Saharan Africa. The emphasis of the program is to build a strong combination of sound economic theory and African empirical applications, he says.

From January to June 2004, Ndikumana will conduct research on the role of financial markets (banks and stock markets) in mobilizing savings and promoting business investment in developing countries in general and with a case study on South Africa. Ndikumana will be accompanied by his family and says the grant is an opportunity to promote ties between the economics departments at UMass and the University of Cape Town, and for his children to experience the South African culture.