Marie Giblin, Kathleen Smythe recipients of 2006 Xavier faculty fellowship award

History, theology professors begin joint, collaborative research project in rural Tanzania in September | June 22, 2006

Marie Giblin, associate professor of theology, and Kathleen Smythe, associate professor of history, are the 2006 Xavier faculty fellowship award recipients for their proposal entitled, “Americans, Africans and the Quest for a Humane Future.” They begin a joint, collaborative research project in rural Tanzania in September.

The project examines the effects of globalization in rural Tanzania in the areas of health care, imported clothing, and agriculture. During their month-long stay, Giblin and Smythe are speaking with Tanzanians to learn how their experiences within the three areas of study affect their daily lives. Their research in Tanzania is part of a book-length project that helps Americans understand some of the ways in which American political and economic power influences the daily lives of Tanzanians.

The Xavier faculty fellowship provides recipients with a one-semester leave with full salary, a travel allotment, student assistance and appropriate materials related to the scholarly work. Previous fellows have conducted research on HIV/AIDS, consumer culture and other issues.

The fellowship is made possible by the Xavier Jesuit community, and is awarded through a competitive process. The purpose of the fellowship is to promote scholarship that enhances the service of faith and the promotion of justice.