Brooklyn native Jake Lowinger, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in sociology at The Johns Hopkins University, has been awarded a grant from the Fulbright Student Program for the 2006-2007 academic year. He is one of eight Johns Hopkins students and graduates so far this spring to receive a Fulbright grant, one of the most prestigious awards in academia.
Lowinger, 30, will travel to Croatia to conduct archival research in an effort to understand the relationship between labor mobilization and nationalist movements during the 1980s in what was then Yugoslavia. He plans to construct a database of labor actions based on local newspaper reports in an effort to understand the primary demands of organized workers and the extent to which the threat of successful labor mobilization led to the development of virulent nationalist responses. Lowinger will also interview people who were active in the 1980s labor movement to assess the accuracy of the newspaper reports.
Created in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of people, knowledge and skills. The program awards approximately 1,000 grants annually and currently operates in more than 140 countries. Successful U.S. applicants utilize their grants to undertake self-designed programs in a broad range of disciplines including the social sciences, business, communication, performing arts, physical sciences, engineering and education.
Lowinger is the son of Ronald and Brucha Lowinger of Lawrence, N.Y. For information on the Fulbright program, go to www.iie.org.
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