Alice Min Soo Chun, Assistant Professor of Design and Material Culture, Parsons. A grant of $9,800 supports “Ground Rules in Humanitarian Design: The Solar Puff Project,” a research project documenting and evaluating the effects of an innovative solar light product called “The Solar Puff” in rural and urban communities in Haiti.
Sanjay Ruparelia, Assistant Professor of Politics, NSSR. A grant of $10,000 supports “Enacting a Right to Basic Social Welfare: India’s Great Transformation in Comparative Perspective,” a state-building project inquiring into the motives of a movement to demand the right to basic social welfare in global southern India.
Erica Kohl-Arenas, Assistant Professor of Management, NSPE. A grant of $9,000 supports “The Program Officer in the Age of Philanthrocapitalism: Philanthropoids Revisited,” a project that examines the history of America’s “self-help” poverty program through the life histories of ten professionals working through American philanthropic foundations. This project will reveal the implications of the recent turn of the self-help poverty alleviation framework often termed “philanthrocapitalism.”
Shannon Mattern, Assistant Professor of Media Studies, NSPE. A grant of $3,200 supports “Books and Broadband: The Emergence of Paju Book City Amidst South Korea’s Digital Dynasty,” a project presenting Paju Book City, an “Industrial City” outside of Seoul, as a “publishing cultural community” and examine the place of this publishing center within South Korea’s “Digital Dynasty” in the context of an evolving publishing industry.