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2012 Africa House Student Fellowship Presentations

On May 3rd, 2012, Africa House organized an end of semester social for Africa-related NYU groups and clubs to inform the NYU community about student scholarships available at Africa House. The event also featured presentations by past scholarship recipients. This year’s presentation featured Holmes Scholarship recipients: Allison Young, MA Candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, “Film and the Politics of Memory in Post-Apartheid South African Art”; Zenia Kish, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, “Impact Investing and Food Security in Ghana”; and Kristin Michelitch, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Politics, “Electoral Competition and Fluctuations in Partisan Versus Ethnic Discrimination: Theory and Evidence from Ghana.”

Robert Holmes Travel/Research Award for African Scholarship

Co-presented and awarded with the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science, this award is given to outstanding graduate students to support study and conduct research in Africa. The awards support the research and study abroad of scholars in the humanities and social sciences and may be used for visits to research sites, such as archival resource facilities, libraries, and fieldwork.

NYU Africa House is an interdisciplinary institute devoted to the study of contemporary Africa, focusing on economic, political, and social issues on the continent and programs in the Arts. Part of Africa House’s core mission is to advance the understanding of the links between Africa and the rest of the world, through the social, historical, economic and other lenses. Related to this, we also have relationships with African immigrant communities in New York City. NYU has a large number of professors and students doing research in the areas of economic development, economic growth and macroeconomics, microfinance, analysis of the effectiveness of foreign aid, politics and political economy, and law and legal institutions. Africa House regularly convenes high-level talks and seminars and has in the past featured African heads of state. We also host policy luncheons and research discussion presentations on focused topics. Our programs take place in New York City and in various capitals in Africa.