2017-2018 FLAS RECIPIENTS IN HINDI-URDU


Summer 2018 - FLAS 1Rainea Cumberbatch is a Public Diplomacy master’s student at Syracuse University. She was born in Long Island, New York, to parents from Barbados, West Indies. Rainea moved to Macon, Georgia in May 2004 after her father retired from Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, in Brooklyn, New York.

Rainea received a B.A. degree in International Affairs and Spanish from Mercer University in May 2014 and then worked abroad teaching English to middle school students in Lille, France. In March 2016, she was accepted to Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and S.I. Newhouse School of Communication to earn dual master’s degrees in International Relations and Public Relations respectively.

Upon completing her studies at Syracuse University, Rainea hopes to join the Foreign Service. She is also interested in working in public affairs and the international relations field, focusing on encouraging African Americans to travel abroad, possibly through global voluntarism programs such as Peace Corps or various cultural exchange programs.


Summer 2018 - FLAS 2 Jeff Marshall is a two-time recipient of the FLAS Fellowship. During his time as a FLAS Fellow, Jeff has researched Indian public diplomacy efforts and the U.S.-India relationship. Over this past semester, Jeff worked with Dr. Tej Bhatia to author a Hindi- language research paper that analyzed the social, economic and political impacts of India’s demonetization.

In December, Jeff completed his graduate studies. He has since relocated to the D.C.- Metro area where he is seeking out opportunities in international development, communications and cultural diplomacy.


Summer 2018 - FLAS 3 Originally from Austin, Texas, Andrew Sander is a Public Administration and International Relations Master’s student at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Study in Security Studies.

Andrew’s professional  background  is  in  Healthcare  Administration.  He  received  a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. While an undergrad, Andrew helped attorneys from across the country assess refugee asylum claims by traveling to South Texan detention centers and serving as a translator. He is fluent in Spanish and possesses an advanced reading ability in Portuguese. He also studied Mandarin Chinese for three years.

After completing his graduate degrees at Maxwell, Andrew hopes to join the US National Security community, where he can combine his love for languages with his desire to serve his country.


Summer 2018 - FLAS 4Alisa Weinstein is a PhD candidate in Anthropology. In 2016-2017, she com- pleted more than a year of dissertation fieldwork in Jaipur, India on a Fulbright- Nehru Student Research Fellowship with a Critical Language Enhancement Award for Hindi study at AIIS. Her project, “Tailor Made in India: Clothing Local and Global Bodies in Jaipur,” explores how tailors are responding to the increasing influx of mass-produced, ready-made, designer branded clothing ap- pealing to middle class consumers. Through apprenticeship as a mode of par- ticipant observation, interviews, and photography, Alisa’s research examines the persistence, frustrations and pleasures of custom tailors despite their changing circumstances. Her work deals with issues of gender, social and economic status, aesthetics, visual and material culture, and craft as a form of labor. As a recipient of a 2017-18 AY FLAS Award, she is currently immersed in writing her dis- sertation.


Summer 2018 - FLAS 5Taylor Wojtalewski, a Math and International Relations major,  is interested in studying South Asia because he believes studying a region boasting rapidly growing populations and economies, as well as rampant political corruption and instability, is crucial to understanding contemporary global issues. Not only did Taylor receive an Academic Year FLAS, but he is also spending the summer studying Urdu at the AIIS Summer Language Program in Lucknow.


Summer 2018 - FLAS 6Amy Friers graduated with a BA in History from Syracuse University. While doing her undergraduate degree, she studied Farsi and Pashto at SU. After graduation, she moved to Kabul, Afghanistan with her husband, where they opened the Diplomacy and International Studies (DIS) Institute of Higher Education, the first specialized International Relations University in Afghanistan. Amy decided to return to the U.S. for an MA in International Relations. Her plans after graduation are to relocate to Washington D.C. to work in government service.


Summer 2018 - FLAS 7Morgan Ireland is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. She graduated from UT Austin before coming to Syracuse. Her research will focus on sexual harassment in public spaces in Northern India. Morgan spent this past summer studying Hindi at the AIIS Hindi Language Program in Jaipur.