Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

09 MIPA receives graduate fellowship for study in China


Allison Quatrini

2009 alum Allison Quatrini has won a David Boren Fellowship for language study and dissertation research in China.

Quatrini is a doctoral candidate in political science at George Washington University. She plans to participate in the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing during the fall 2013 semester. In the spring, she will begin her dissertation research on everyday politics in Chinese urban contexts.

Quatrini's time as an international public affairs student at La Follette assisted her in focusing her studies on China. Her classes with Professor Melanie Manion were an invaluable resource, Quatrini says. "Professor Manion's courses convinced me that I wanted to pursue Chinese politics on the graduate level."

In addition, Quatrini says Manion was most helpful in showing her how to make academic contacts in the Chinese context. "This is a skill that is key to a researcher's success in China, and I will certainly make use of it in the coming year," Quatrini said.

The Boren is Quatrini's second fellowship that funded study in China. In 2008, a Fulbright took her to Beijing, where she studied the link between the election and selection of local government officials and the practice of Confucianism in a Leninist context. She earlier spent almost four months in Harbin in northeastern China working on her language skills with the assistance of a Critical Language Enhancement Award.

Funded by the National Security Education Program, Boren fellowships encourage U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education. They can include language study, research, classroom study and academic internships. This year, the Institute of International Education received a historically high number of applicants for both the undergraduate Boren Scholarship and the graduate Boren Fellowship. Boren scholars and fellows will live in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Eurasia, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe and will study 34 languages.

"I am excited about being part of this competitive program and returning to China to study," Quatrini says.

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