Drury professors to work and study abroad as Fulbright fellows

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 26, 2011 — Drury professors Dr. Erin Kenny and Dr. Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols have been awarded Fulbright Fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year.

A talented anthropologist and professor of interdisciplinary studies, Kenny will be teaching for 10 months in Tanzania at the Morogoro campus of Mzumbe University. This school is located in the far west of the country near Malawi. Kenny will be housed within the Institute of Development and teach graduate level courses for the Center for Gender Development during her stay.

Dr. Erin Kenny

Additionally, Kenny plans to conduct research with Nyakusa women commodity farmers. This study will serve as an expansion on her previous ethnographic work with women wage earners and household heads in Mali, Guinea and Jamaica.

A gifted linguist, professor and chair of Spanish, Dr. Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols will spend the spring semester of 2012 at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, where she will continue her research in literature and popular culture. Her project’s overarching goal is to investigate the complex interrelationship between the visual and written images of westernized European beauty with which Venezuelans are bombarded on a daily basis.

Her research will also examine the extremely high rates of spending on beauty products and the long history of strained racial and economic class relations in the nation. Nichols will also investigate and explore how women in Venezuela are both molded by the beauty machine and use the beauty machine to achieve their professional goals.

Dr. Elizabeth Nichols

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research and university teaching. Through this program, more than 800 U.S. faculty and professionals taught or conducted research abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Media Contact:
Erin Kenny
Director, Women’s Studies Program
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Office: (417) 873-7226
: ekenny@drury.edu

Elizabeth Nichols
Chair, Department of Languages
Professor, Spanish
Office: (417) 873-6925