Ph.D. Student, Kathryn Hannum, Receives Prestigious Evelyn Pruitt National Fellowship
The Society of Woman Geographers (SWG) Evelyn L. Pruitt National Fellowship for Dissertation Research is made possible by a generous bequest from Ms. Evelyn L. Pruitt. Ms. Pruitt was a research geographer with the United States Navy whose work from the 1940s into the 1970s greatly advanced the study of coastal environments, the use of remote sensing in geography, and field research in international settings.
SWG's Pruitt National Fellowship Program offers fellowships of $12,000 to women doctoral candidates in the United States and Canada. These fellowships support dissertation research in geography and geographical aspects of related fields. This year only 8 fellowships were awarded.
Kathryn L. Hannum is a PhD student in the Geography Department at Kent State University. Kathryn earned her MA at Kent State and her BA at San Jose State. Having grown up in a multicultural community in Woodland, CA, Kathryn became interested in the power of identity code-switching at an early age. After attending Spanish immersion K-8 and playing Division IA Water Polo at San Jose State, she left the US to teach English at a rural high school in Galicia, Spain. There she developed new questions surrounding identity and nationalism, which inform her research today.
Her interests revolve around questions of identity and include topics such as language, diaspora, nationalism, fashion, and generation gaps. Her dissertation focuses on interregional cooperation in diaspora engagement projects between Galicia and Buenos Aires. Kathryn will utilize qualitative methods to research the interconnected institutional and individual scale phenomenon at play in regional diaspora engagement. She hopes to discover what the aims and benefits of diaspora engagement projects are to both migrant-sending and migrant-receiving regions and what the intergenerational impacts of these projects are within Galician migrant families.