David is a Ph.D student in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. Her Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship research explores Buddhist theories of materiality, human embodiment and contemplative practice within the textual corpus of the Nyingma tradition of Tibet. Her dissertation project focuses on theories pertaining to the five elements of earth, water, fire, wind and space. She is interested in the ways that elemental theory functions within forms of discourse on the body, the natural environment, and as a theme within meditation practice. As a Fulbright Hays fellow, Devin attended classes within the monastic college at Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monastery, and worked closely with monastic and lay Buddhist scholars to translate and analyze a collection of 12th and 14th century Tibetan texts on these topics.
Austin Lord is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology whose Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship dissertation research focuses on the afterlives of disaster in the Langtang Valley of Nepal. His work examines the ways that the Langtangpas conceptualize recovery, resilience, and uncertainty as they seek to rebuild their lives in the wake of the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. His ethnographic analysis focuses on the ways that Langtangpas orient themselves within the overlapping timescapes of disaster and aftermath, intergenerational change, memory work, socio-environmental relations, and cycles of death and rebirth. His scholarship is guided by a commitment to multimodal and collaborative processes of knowledge production that includes photography, mapmaking, ethnographic filmmaking, and the community-engaged archival work of the Langtang Memory Project.
Over the years, Austin’s visual and curatorial work has been showcased in exhibitions at Photo Kathmandu and he has also directed or produced a variety of short documentary and ethnographic films focused on the Langtang Valley. Austin holds a Master of Environmental Science (MESc) from Yale University and a B.A. in Economics and Studio Art from Dartmouth College. His host institution in Nepal was the Social Science BAHA.
Alexander is from Minneapolis and is a student of Geography at Oregon State University. He was awarded the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship for his project titled Change and Resilience in Nepal’s Community Forests-New Insights through Coupling Analysis of Satellite Imagery and Forest User Perceptions with host institution National Trust for Nature Conservation.