Academic Year 2020-2021 Fulbright Student Program

Jeffrey Ryan Banks

Jeffrey Ryan Banks

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Ph.D. Candidate, Classics: Aegean Prehistory

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

M.A., Classics: Art and Archaeology, 2016

University of Windsor, ON, Canada
B.A., Classical Civilization, 2010

Jeff is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati, concentrating on Aegean Prehistory.  His scholarly interests include ceramic studies, land use and settlement patterns, and the material culture of the Greek Early Bronze Age.  His dissertation research examines the context and nature of the Greek archaeological site of Corinth during the third millennium BCE.  He aims to contextualize Corinth’s place within the regional and local frameworks of the Helladic material culture groups of the southern Greek mainland and to reevaluate and situate the graves from Corinth within Early Helladic burial archaeology.  With the Fulbright scholarship, Jeff will conduct primary analysis and data collection of the archaeological remains from the American excavations at Corinth as part of his dissertation research.  While in Greece, Jeff’s research will be based out of Athens and Old Corinth.

John Nicholas Sakellariadis

John Nicholas Sakellariadis

Columbia University, New York, NY
MPP, International Affairs, 2020

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
B.A., History and Literature, 2016

John is a recent graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he received a master’s degree in international affairs. At SIPA, John focused on cybersecurity and technology policy. For his Fulbright grant, John will be conducting comparative research on the national cybersecurity policies of the United States and the European Union. John’s work will focus on the role of the European Union’s Agency for Cybersecurity, which is based in Athens. John will be collaborating with research advisors at the Hellenic Institute for Foreign and Defense Policy (ELIAMEP), the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and the National Technical University of Athens. 

John grew up in New York City. His father is Greek-American, and both his parents are members of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of New York. As a history enthusiast, John is excited to visit Greece’s many historical sites. He also looks forward to sharing his love of basketball with the EU’s rising basketball power, and to enjoying Greece’s incredible food and music.

Pria Mohanty Louka

Pria Mohanty Louka

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
B.A., Chemistry / Minors in Materials Science and Engineering and Hellenic Studies, 2020

Pria Louka is a recent graduate of Princeton University. She earned her B.A. in Chemistry while simultaneously pursuing her passion for the modern Greek language through a minor in Hellenic Studies. Her Fulbright project focuses on the fruitful cross-pollination of the modern Greek and American theatrical traditions of the 1950s and 60s. Central to this cross-cultural exchange was George Theotokas (1906-1966) a prominent Greek intellectual and Director of the National Theater, who visited the United States in 1952 to observe American theater and form lasting connections with American artists. As a Fulbright grantee, Pria will have the opportunity to work and collaborate with leading Greek scholars to probe into this unexplored facet of modern Greek and American cultural history. She will make use of the unique archival material and special collections housed at the Institue for Mediterranean Studies and the University of Crete Library, in Rethymno, Crete.

Victoria McKinley Bigelow

Victoria McKinley Bigelow

University of Montana, Missoula, MT
M.P.A., Public Administration & Policy, 2020
B.A., Global Humanities and Religions and World History, 2014

Victoria is a recent graduate of the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration & Policy. Throughout her graduate studies, Victoria worked at the University of Montana’s Davidson Honors College where she advised and mentored honors students. Throughout her work, she grew a deep passion for supporting students from diverse backgrounds, and ensuring equitable opportunities for students. She has published papers in both the U.S. and in Greece observing rural honors education, student food insecurity, and equitable hiring policies at institutions of higher education.

With her Fulbright grant, Victoria will collect data from Greek high school students to understand students’ attitudes towards higher education. Through analysis and development, she hopes that her research will encourage Greek policymakers to create policy that supports students from underrepresented areas throughout the country to create more equitable opportunities for success for all students seeking higher education. She will be supported by the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a global cohort of academics and researchers based in Athens, throughout the grant period. The Institute will provide research oversight and help to facilitate her connections with the Greek Ministry of Education and with schools throughout the country. Victoria plans to present her Fulbright research at ATINER’s annual conference on global higher education, and subsequently publish her results through the Institute.

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