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SDSU Fulbright Recipients

All SDSU Fulbright recipients from 2005-2016



Kellie Quinn (M.A., Public Administration) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Morocco. She plans to create a supplementary club where students will explore the diversity of the United States through food, exploring different regions of the U.S. in regional cuisines.

Sudha Royappa (M.D., M.P.H. Public Health) will study obesity prevention in Tamilnadu, which has one of the highest prevalance of obesity in India.  She will interview physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, and community members to better understand attitudes toward obesity.


Sahil Mehta (M.A., teaching credential) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Brazil, where she will comparatively analyze teaching practices and curricula to identify the interventions are necessary to provide higher education to historically marginalized students.




Daniel Gerardi (English honors, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Indonesia. He plans to establish a writing and conversation club for students to discuss culture and learn new vocabulary. 

Zachariah Martinez (Biology, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Bulgaria and create a health and wellness program for his students.

Bogdan Matuszynski (International Security and Conflict Resolution/Latin American Studies, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Spain, where he plans to create a virtual dialogue forum to connect with peers and mentors from other parts of the world.

Raheal Mengisteab (Communications, B.A., Teaching Credential/special education) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in the Czech Republic. She also plans to host monthly workshops to discuss race, class and gender issues in the United States.

Monica Murtaugh  (Women’s Studies, M.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Turkey and create a digital literacy workshop. She will also work with university students committed to community service and nonprofit agencies. 
Jacqueline Ramos (Political Science, B.A.) will document the correlation between women migrants and sex trafficking in Mexico City with the support of Instituto para las Mujeres en La Migración A.C. while pursuing a master’s degree in social work. 

Marna Shorack (International Security and Conflict Resolution, B.A.) will conduct research on the challenges faced by deported Honduran youth and the support provided to them by governmental and non-governmental organizations. Based in Tegucigalpa, she will participate in community activities and work with at-risk youth.

Madison Sindorf (Linguistics, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Spanish, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Jordan. As a climbing instructor and trip leader, she will establish an outdoor education program providing a relaxed environment for students to use English outside of the classroom.

Emmeline Wilson (Linguistics, German Anthropology, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Germany, developing an after-school program focused on cultural exchange.



Benjamin Aceves’ (Public Health and Latin American Studies, M.A.) research will focus on a program evaluation of the Mexican National Guidelines for Action in Schools.   This policy seeks to reduce childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. In partnership with the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, he will conduct the qualitative analysis of multiple focus groups and interviews of various stakeholders at schools in Mexico City to identify barriers and enablers to policy implementation.


Sarah Alvy (Business Administration, M.B.A) will explore the corporate governance reforms implemented by India’s recently enacted Companies Act of 2013. She will perform qualitative and quantitative research to analyze the effectiveness of major reform provisions related to board composition & corporate social responsibility. Her work will be supported by the Centre for Corporate Governance at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, where she will serve as a research fellow.


Keanna Cash (Japanese and Linguistics, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Turkey.  As part of her civic engagement she will make a guidebook for US universities' study abroad offices.  To create this book she will work with members of the local community to learn about topics like, but not limited to: Turkish food and home recipes, music, art, education and language. While learning how to make a certain dish or stringing together a particular sentence, she will capture these moments using her DSLR skills.


Jannet Cueva (Spanish, M.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Spain.  She will use her previous teaching experience as a foreign language teacher in her position as ETA.  Her plans for civic engagement outside the classroom include organizing an after school creative writing workshop in which students will employ what is learned in the classroom through writing a variety of topics of their choice. 


Elaine Flores (English Single Subject Teaching and Spanish, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Thailand. Her goal is to teach English to students in Thailand with the help of her poetry background and experience with diverse cultures.  She will promote cultural awareness by leading a poetry program that includes activities such as sensory writing outside of the classroom. 


Dillon Scalzo (Creative Writing Poetry, M.F.A) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Uruguay.   For his civic engagement project he will introduce students to class focusing on the folk music traditions of the United States via the craftsmanship of the lyrical activists Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan.  He will work with local poets and songwriters to visit the workshops for the students on poetry and song writing.


Katie Sievers (Ecology, M.S.) will work in the Philippines to increase our understanding of how habitat influences fish distribution and whether marine protected areas are conserving heavily fished species effectively. Her research will contribute to creating sustainable management practices in an area where the majority of the population relies on coastal resources. 


Katherine Vilchez (Education: Counseling, M.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Brazil. She wants to empower Brazilian university students as English language learners. She plans to promote a cultural group that promotes U.S. culture by studying topics, like race, gender, and dance. We would use U.S. current events and discuss them with English as a Second Language students here in the U.S via Skype sessions. 




Veronica Arteaga, (Environmental Public Health, M.P.H.) will conduct research in Mexico. She will work with researchers at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) to investigate the relationship between air pollution and birth outcomes in Mexico City. She will also give presentations at hospital prenatal care classes and provide educational pamphlets to expecting mothers.


Estefania Castañeda Pérez, (Political Science/Philosophy, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Spain. She will use her experience from the Model United Nations to assist students in public speaking and start an after-school program to allow Spanish and American students to connect to one another.


Jesse Elias, (Political Science/International Relations, M.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Turkey. He will establish organize weekly language exchanges to allow students to practice other languages with native speakers as well as a poetry club where students can share and discuss contemporary Turkish and American Poems. He hopes to translate and compile an anthology of student's favorite works as a resource for future Fulbright grantees.


La'Shanae Johnson, (English/Business Management, B.A./B.S.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in India. She will facilitate discussions led by students at an adolescent book club, create a community lending library focusing on early literary development, and teach martial arts to showcase self-worth and inner strength.


Claudia Santana, (Psychology, B.A.) will embark on her second Fulbright Award as a Senior English Teaching Assistant.  She will assist with program coordination and organization of events that will benefit the incoming cohort of Fulbright ETAs.  She will also be a mentor to the next group of ETAs and teach at Universidad Minuto de Dios in Bogotá.


Idmantzi Torres, (Psychology, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Associate in Brazil. She will establish an extracurricular stress reduction group geared towards university level students in Brazil. through a variety of activities including yoga, breathing exercises, music listening and discussion.


Heriberto Vasquez, (Comparative Literature/Spanish, B.A.)  will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Colombia. He will use his experiences in facilitating community based learning and working with the LGBT community as well his background in the Arts to creatively engage students in English retention. In addition, he will host weekly art workshops that promote art as a means of expression.




Jessica Antonel, (Environmental Health, M.P.H) will conduct research in Benin. She will study air quality in the region to help environmental organizations address health threats to the population from largely unmonitored particulate matter and toxins in the atmosphere.


Sarah Bedrouni, (Applied Linguistics M.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Morocco. She will incorporate her knowledge and understanding of education in the Middle East to her work as an English as a Second Language instructor.


Ryan Driscoll, (Ecology, M.S.) will conduct research in Germany. He will examine the seasonal variability in the diet and energy content of an Antarctic species of krill.


Lauren Farrington, (German/Art History, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Germany. She will integrate her experience in teaching art and art history in to her program in order to enrich students’ learning and foster a relationship between German and American art culture.


Abril Jimenez, (Spanish, M.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Brazil. She will promote language development through the use of real language production settings and interdisciplinary activities.


Erica Johnson, (Creative Writing/Poetry, M.F.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Brazil. She will utilize her experience and education in literature, creative writing, and spoken word poetry to teach students and promote cross-cultural literacy.


Elizabeth Kennedy, (Geography, Ph.D.), will conduct research in El Salvador. She will interview children, youth, and families to help organizations strategize regional responses to unaccompanied and undocumented child migrants.


Nicholas Noel, (Russian, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Russia.


Lee Reeve, (Ecology, M.S.), will conduct research in Denmark. She will study otolith samples and trawl data collected over around western Greenland to determine how changes in climate, ocean conditions, and prey communities affect halibut demographics and foraging.


Naomi Ramirez, (Latin American Studies, M.A.) will conduct research in Mexico. She will explore religious expansion and population growth of Muslims in Tijuana.


Claudia Santana, (Psychology, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Colombia.  She will incorporate art and music in to the classroom environment in order to expand cultural awareness and help students create personal learning strategies.



Kimberley Miller, SDSU doctoral student in ecology, will study in Finland.  As part of her research she will examine the poorly-understood interaction of climate change and microbial methane production in wetland soils in the Lappi region of Finland, in affiliation with the Finnish Forest Research Institute and the University of Eastern Finland.


Jessica Floyd (English) will serve as an English teaching assistant in Turkey. She will draw upon her interest in how graphic narratives can shape national and collective identity.


Susan Phay (sociology, M.A.) will travel to the Southeast Asian country of Laos, where her family is from. She will teach English at the National University of Laos and conduct research in early Lao immigration histories.  She also plans learn about and document the country’s food history in hopes of turning it into a cookbook, helping preserve Lao culture abroad. 


Aran Skalman, a master’s student in fine arts-sculpture, plans to design, create and install a contemporary, collaborative, site-specific sculpture in India.  The piece will be influenced by Modernism and informed by regional folk art practices.  The sculpture will incorporate an interactive sound element, inspired by traditional Indian music. 

SDSU Fulbright Advisers

Nancy Marlin Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Provost Emerita  


Edith Benkov Ph.D.

Professor of European Studies  

image of Dr E Benkov