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Dr. Jane Henrici Named Fulbright Scholar to Peru
For release: Aug. 16, 2005
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Dr. Jane Henrici, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Memphis, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research in Peru during the spring 2006 semester.

Henrici is an anthropologist who studies gender and ethnicity and their connections to poverty and development. The Fulbright project will be a follow-up to her earlier research in Peru and Texas and is closely related to her research projects in Memphis dealing with job training for low-income women and with effects of the forthcoming I-69 NAFTA corridor on the local community.

Henrici received a Fulbright grant to the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Catholic University of Peru) in Lima, which will serve as her academic base of operations. She will investigate the response to free trade agreements by local nonprofit trading organizations that help low-income Peruvian women and their communities with the sale and export of their products.

Henrici will work with graduate students, university colleagues, and nonprofit organization administrators. She will interview with women who are receiving assistance and with those who negotiate the changes in international trade.

"Peruvian organizations have decades of experience providing assistance to low-income women and their communities, in part by selling the women's homemade and handicraft goods through international export," Henrici said. "Peru has transformed much of its international trade policy in recent years, and that situation provides an excellent opportunity to learn what effects such policy change may have on nonprofit organizations and those they try to aid."

At Catholic University, Henrici will lecture on poverty and gender and will work with graduate students. "I have lectured in the Department of Anthropology to graduate students at La Católica in the past, and it's always great to be able to do that. In addition, it will be a privilege to work with Peruvian colleagues there, to learn from them about their perspectives on the changes taking place throughout the Americas."

Henrici will live in Lima and visit with organizations in other regions. "Peru has a wide range of cultures and sites where organizations work, a number of them with small-scale items that they sell to survive, and where possible, support their traditional lifestyles. Almost all of them ship their goods through Lima, so, in addition to being an exciting city, it's a perfect center for my study," Henrici said.

Another goal she hopes to achieve while in the Lima, a city of almost eight million residents, is to develop contacts for a field study abroad program to benefit University of Memphis students interested in applied urban anthropological research, whether in Lima or another Peruvian city.

Henrici earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship there. She joined the U of M faculty in 2001.

The Fulbright program will send some 800 United States faculty and professionals abroad to 140 countries next year. Established in 1947 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

America's flagship international educational exchange, the program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

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