2018 Emerging Scholar Awardees

​Durdona Karimova

​Durdona Karimova

Tashkent State University of Law, Uzbekistan

Durdona Karimova was a 2014-2015 Fulbright FLTA at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. She teaches English in the Language Training Department at Tashkent State University of Law, Uzbekistan. She has a BA in English Philology and an MA in English Linguistics, and she has taught English for more than 13 years at higher education institutions in Uzbekistan. Her head position at the (city of) Jizzakh branch of Uzbekistan Teachers of English Association (UzTEA) has been a big asset in building the community of more than 300 English teachers in remote areas of Jizzakh.

​Hamideh Vesali Fallah

​Hamideh Vesali Fallah

Azad University, South-Tehran, Iran

Hamideh Vesali Fallah is a PhD student of English Language and Literature at Azad University, South-Tehran branch, Tehran, Iran. Her publications include several translations of American and British novels and poetry books into Farsi, published in Tehran, Iran by the pen name of Yeganeh Vesali, in addition to literary articles. Her favorite areas of study and research include memory, identity, and choice, as well as the new emerging era, post-postmodern, or metamodern era in literature and culture.

Diana Sánchez Barrios

Diana Sánchez Barrios

Bogotá, Colombia

Diana Sánchez Barrios is a designer from Bogotá, Colombia. She studied design with emphasis in communication design and textiles, and has a Master in Design from Los Andes University. Her practice is anti-disciplinary and pursues intersections between design and disciplines like microbiology, visual arts, and literature. She is interested in the aesthetic and ethical scope of design practice; her areas of research and interest include biomaterials, the poetics of image and language, the science and technology studies, and science and technology education in childhood with gender focus. She is also interested in the implications that personal technologies have in our perception, especially in our memory, and how they are modifying our concepts of communication and freedom.

​Folasayo Enoch Olalere

​Folasayo Enoch Olalere

Vaal University of Technology, South Africa

Folasayo Enoch Olalere holds a PhD in Product Design from UMK, Malaysia (2016), where he engaged in design as a motivation to push cultural development forward and enhance the connection between indigenous values and modernity. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Visual Arts and Design, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa. He is a recipient of several academic and innovative awards, including the Malaysian International Scholarship (2014), Excellent Postgraduate Researcher’s Award (2016), and Gold Medalist at ITEX’15 (2015). His main research interests are the links between contemporary design, design process, and indigenous knowledge system (IKS).

​Colleen Kenney

​Colleen Kenney

University of Arizona, USA

Colleen Kenney is currently a first-year graduate student in literature at the University of Arizona. Prior to arriving in Tucson, Colleen graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in May 2017 with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Advocacy and Rhetoric. Her research interests include temporal and spatial dimensions within 19th Century British Poetry and 20th Century American Poetry, in addition to questions of literary aesthetics in poetics and psychoanalytic literary criticism.

​Oluwaseun Olaitan Olagbaju

​Oluwaseun Olaitan Olagbaju

University of Fort Hare, South Africa

Oluwaseun Olaitan Olagbaju is a Doctorate Student at University of Fort Hare, East London, South Africa. Her research focus is on environmental Education, Teaching Strategies and Social Issues/problems in our society. She holds a Master’s in Education with a research focus on ‘environmental education intervention programme on rural women environment knowledge, attitude and practices’. She also holds a B. Ed. Hons in Social Studies Education and National Certificate in Education in English/Social Studies. She was awarded State and National Merits Millennium Development Goals award in 2012 for her outstanding community engagements during her National Youth service Corp.

​Marwan Abdi

​Marwan Abdi

Duhok University, Iraq

Marwan M. Abdi is Currently an assistant lecturer at Duhok University, College of Languages, English Department. In 2013, Marwan got his M.A. in English Literature from Sulaimani University and his TESOL certificate from Arizona State University in 2017. He has worked as an online mentor and facilitator with Arizona State University's Massive Open Online TESOL Certificate Program, a 'Teacher Training Program', sponsored by US Department of The State Bureau of Cultural Affairs. Much of his research interests include mysticism, neo-platonism, modern critical theories, and the conflict between traditional and the modern values in modern novel.

Merzamie Clark

Merzamie Clark

University of Washington, USA

Merzamie Clark is a Top Scholar Fellow and Graduate Student at the University of Washington’s English Department. She graduated with the UW’s College of Arts & Science’s Dean’s Medal in the Humanities in 2013, and subsequently served for two years as an English teacher and U.S. cultural ambassador in South Korea through the Fulbright Program. Her teaching and research interests include comparative studies in race, class, gender, and religion; narratives of enslavement, bondage, and freedom; issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education; and public scholarship. She currently works as a Lecturer at Mississippi State University.

​Nuño Aguirre de Cárcer

​Nuño Aguirre de Cárcer

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Nuño Aguirre de Cárcer is currently a Visiting Researcher at the School of Literature, Language and Media where he teaches undergraduate courses in Spanish language and culture. He is also an external consultant for Isabel I University, Burgos, Spain. After having completed his MSc at Edinburgh University on General & Comparative Literature, he completed his PhD at Autónoma University of Madrid (2012) with a dissertation on Contemplative Literature and the poetic works of the Belgium-born Spanish writer Chantal Maillard. He has also worked at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi (2012-2014) in the Center for Spanish and Latin American Studies.

His areas of interest include contemplative traditions in literature, with a particular emphasis on the forgotten/erased influences between Indian and Western traditions and its manifestations in Spanish and Latin American contemporary poetry. He also researches in contemplative pedagogy as means for enhancing teaching and learning in higher education. In a broader sense, he is interested in all forms of contemporary contemplative practice and its connections with postcolonial and de-colonial theory.

​Mostafa Younesie

​Mostafa Younesie

Independent Scholar, USA

Mostafa Younesie is an independent scholar (PhD) of the ancient Greek intellectual textual history in the fields of community, morality and language. In this broad sphere, he considers the receptions of ideas of the selected Greek masters in the Persian and Arabic texts too.

​Selina March

​Selina March

Washington, D.C., USA

Selina March holds a BA International Relations and Development Studies from the University of Westminster and is currently pursuing a MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies with the University of London. She is based in Washington, DC, where works full-time in the community development field and the nonprofit sector. She has presented her research on social media, political discourse, and refugee protection at various international conferences. She is currently seeking opportunities for PhD study in her research interests, which include: refugee integration, strategies for inclusive communities, the impact of marginalization, and the impact of discourse on communities.

Emerging Scholars Continued

Shuo Zhao

Shuo Zhao

Northwestern Polytechnic University, China.

Dr. Shuo Zhao researches in Northwestern Polytecnical University in China. His study and research interest focus on comparative education and second language education and teaching. He participated in several international conferences and contributed much to success of holding conference. He ever studied and researched in several international universities as a visiting scholar. He can speak Chinese, English and Spanish fluently. His motto lies that helping others is helping oneself.