Anthropology department lecturer, Jana Fortier has been selected for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to conduct research abroad. Jana has been awarded a Fulbright grant during the 2014-2015 academic year in India, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.
Fortier will conduct field research among households in northern India with notable agricultural and biological diversity on their farms. Her goal is to identify resources that enhance food security in environmentally sensitive mountain economies. Fortier will also give a series of public lectures at several universities in India during her award period.
Fortier’s teaching and research has focused mainly on protection and preservation of indigenous resources and human knowledge of the environment. Her book, Kings of the Forest: The Cultural Resilience of Himalayan Hunter-Gatherers (2012 Mandala Books) was the first to highlight the ecological relationships of the Raute, a group of forest-dwelling hunter-gatherers, with monkeys, tigers, and local Hindu farmers.
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.