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For immediate release
September 14, 2009
Contact: Katherine P Martha
202-687-4328
kpm43@georgetown.edu
Kimberly Stoltz Selected for Fulbright Award

Kimberly Stoltz (C’07) of Zionsville, Ind., was selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to receive a Fulbright award to Jordan.

There, she will conduct research on migrations to Amman from the perspectives of local Jordanian communities and the displaced, utilizing emerging literature on “host communities” and urban development within the field of forced migration.

“The pressures and demands placed on today’s urban host communities often lead to a tense political atmosphere and, in some cases, hostility towards refugees,” writes Stoltz in her application. “However, the lack of research on urban refugees has been widely recognized in the field and by international organizations as a major gap. My hypothesis is that Amman is fairly different from other urban cases and could potentially demonstrate new ways of conceptualizing the host-refugee relationship.”

In 2004, Stoltz lived and studied in Jordan as part of her senior undergraduate studies. Upon graduating from Georgetown, she received distinction of the highest mark possible on the comprehensive board exams for the master's in Arab studies.

"Kim is an extremely bright, personable young woman who will be an excellent representative of the United States as a Fulbright Fellow," said Susan Martin, Donald G. Herzberg Chair and director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration. "She has developed very good contacts in the refugee field through her work...enabling her to disseminate her findings and recommendations to a broad audience of policy makers, practitioners and academics.”

Congress established the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the purposes of supervising the Fulbright Program and certain programs authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act and for the purpose of selecting students, scholars, teachers, trainees and other persons to participate in the educational exchange programs. Appointed by the president of the United States, the 12-member Board meets quarterly in Washington. The Board maintains a close relationship with both the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State and the executive directors of all the binational Fulbright Commissions. Since its inception more than 30 years ago, nearly 300,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the program. More information is available here: http://fulbright.state.gov/.

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