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Redlands Professors Receive Fulbright Grants for Research in Austria, India

Professors will use fellowships to facilitate international environmental exchange; to conduct research on Indian cinema and the treatment of marginalized Indian citizens

June 3, 2009 -

Two University of Redlands professors have been awarded fellowships from the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program that will allow them to travel and conduct extensive research abroad.

The university’s president emeritus, James Appleton, has also been selected as a candidate for the Fulbright program, with details of his appointment still to be determined.

Tim Krantz, an associate professor of Environmental Studies, will return to Vienna, Austria, to teach and continue his work with the Austria-California environmental exchange program. Priya Jha, assistant professor of English, will conduct research at the National film Institute and other institutions in India.

The Redlands professors are among some 800 U.S. faculty and professionals sent abroad each year by the Fulbright Scholar Program as part of an effort to advance global education and cultural understanding. The program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Krantz will be based in Vienna from October through January, where he will teach graduate students in environmental technology and international affairs at the Technical University-Wien.

He will continue to facilitate an Austria-California environmental exchange agreement by promoting renewable energy technology transfer between the two governments, and in the United States and European Union. Krantz had helped draft an MOU (memorandum of understanding) between California and Austria that was signed in 2008 and sets forth areas of exchange between the two governments.

Krantz has since been an invited guest at the International Energy Globe Awards in Brussels and was one of four American scientists invited to the Trans-Atlantic Research and Development Interchange on Sustainability (TARDIS) in Austria this past October. He has been working with several Austrian environmental technology companies interested in establishing operations in the U.S., including waste-to-energy, biofuel and solar facilities.

In 2007, he took University of Redlands students on tours of such facilities during a May Term environmental seminar in Salzburg. He has a Ph.D. in geography from UC Berkley and a master’s in Latin American studies from Stanford University. He received his bachelor’s from Redlands Johnston Center for Integrative Studies in 1977.

From July through December, Jha will be conducting research at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India. There, she will also study at the Center for Women’s Development Studies, the only research library in the country that focuses on women and gender issues. She will also spend time at the National Film Archives in Pune. Her research project will analyze the intersection of gender and nation in contemporary Indian cinemas through an east-west framework.

She received her master’s and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Colorado-Boulder. The professor teaches courses in world literature, film studies and postcolonial studies at Redlands. She also teaches classes in gender and nation for the women’s and gender studies department. She has worked at Murray State University, Rutgers University and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Jha has published work on male friendships in 1970s Hindi cinema, and is currently revising an essay on the Academy Award-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire.” Recently she was interviewed on an independent Chicago-based community radio station for the show Radiostan, a segment dedicated to South Asian, or “Desi” culture. The producers had Jha read her work on nationalism, masculinity and male bonding in Hindi films of the 1970s and interviewed her about her project for the episode called “Brotherhood.”

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