Two American Studies Professors Receive GCI Grants

Author: Tessa Bangs

Notre Dame International awards Global Collaboration Initiative (GCI) grants to fund initiatives in international research, scholarship and collaboration with major foreign universities and other research organizations. For the fourth time, these grants have now been awarded; out of five total Notre Dame recipients, two are from within the Department of American Studies. Professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings and Professor Sophie White have been awarded GCI grants, focusing on Catholic teaching sisters in migrant education and slave narratives in French and British America, respectively. 

As originally published by Notre Dame International, this year's GCI awardees are as follows:

Notre Dame International has awarded five grants to faculty collaborating with research partners in universities across the world. The Global Collaboration Initiative (GCI) grants encourage collegial relationships between faculty members to increase Notre Dame’s network with international partner institutions and elevate its reputation as a leading research university.

“We received a large number of exceptional proposals again this year, which underscores the strength and reach of our faculty’s research and international activities,” said Warren von Eschenbach, Associate Vice President and Assistant Provost for Internationalization. “Thanks to the contributions of the selection committee, we were able to identify projects that have great potential to establish lasting global collaborations.”

The fourth year of the GCI awards include a broad range of research areas including computer science, Catholic education, climate change, and Africana studies:

Danny Z. Chen, Computer science and Engineering: “Computer-aided Cancer Diagnosis Approaches Using Ultrasound Images of Cervical Lymph Nodes” Research partner: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, American Studies, History: “A Pedagogy of Peace: The Theory and Practice of Catholic Teaching Sisters in Migrant Education” Research partners: University College Dublin, Ireland; University College London, U.K.; Oxford University, U.K.; Abtei St. Scholastika zur Burg Dinklage, Vechta, Germany

Sarah Mustillo, Sociology: “Notre Dame – Renmin Partnership on Social Science Research: Theory, Methodology, and Big Data” Research partner: Renmin University, Beijing, China

Ashish Sharma, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Environmental Change Initiative: “Urban Sustainability Solutions to Mitigate Climate Change for Exponentially Growing Populations in New Delhi” Research partner: Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India

Sophie White, American Studies, Africana studies, History: “Slave Narratives in French and British America, 1700-1848” Research partner: University of Melbourne, Australia