2013 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow Christopher Conz was recently awarded a Fulbright Student Grant through the Institute of International Education, sponsored by the U.S. State Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The grant will fund his dissertation research in Lesotho in Africa between September 2014 and June 2015. He will spend five months living near the National University of Lesotho in Roma where he will be working in three different archives looking at a variety of materials. He will spend the remaining four months living in a rural village in Qacha’s Nek district, collecting oral histories.
His research examines historical interactions in Qacha’s Nek district from 1880-1980, such as missionary education, colonial agricultural demonstrations, and rural development initiatives, to understand the ways in which Basotho people have produced environmental knowledge and applied this knowledge to use natural resources over time. This fall, Christopher will begin his fourth year in the History Ph.D. program at Boston University.
Visit the Graduate Summer Fellows Program page to learn more about the program.