Laura Menchaca, PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, has won an Engaged Graduate Student Grant from Engaged Cornell to support her research in Palestine and Chile. Menchaca is exploring the deepening relationship between Palestine and its diaspora in Chile. Her dissertation project is “first and foremost an attempt to better understand the nature of solidarity networks and the collaborative relationships they build,” she says. Menchaca’s ethnographic research explores how Palestinian organizations mobilize the diaspora in Chile and with what sociopolitical impact. Her work will help provide a clearer picture of the diaspora community in Chile, as well as inform programming for organizations involved in this work.
Engaged Graduate Student Grants support and enhance partnerships while providing opportunities for Cornell doctoral students to conduct critical research and scholarship. Doctoral students in all fields of study are eligible for the grants, which support work relevant to their doctoral dissertations, including training and learning experiences.
A full list of recipients can be found in this Cornell Chronicle article.