The U.S. Department of Education has announced that four students from the University of Wisconsin–Madison have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Awards for 2017.
Fulbright-Hays DDRA Awards provide funds to doctoral students to conduct doctoral research outside the United States in foreign languages and area studies for up to 12 months. The awards are funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education office.
Lindsay Ehrisman (History graduate student advised by Neil Kodesh) is one of the four students selected this year. Her dissertation, “Intimate Therapeutics Affective Medicine Forging Bonds of Affection Knowledge and Power in Uganda’s Distant Past”, explores the interconnected histories of intimacy and health in precolonial Uganda (500–1900 CE). She will collect oral traditions and cultural vocabulary related to the topics of intimacy and health through interviews conducted in English and Luganda with local historians, linguists, and traditional therapeutic specialists from 10 related language communities across present-day Uganda and northwestern Tanzania.