Cultural Studies Student Wins Fulbright

Posted: June 6, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Hope J Smith

Jennifer Gauthier, a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Studies, recently received a Fulbright Scholarship for dissertation research. Her dissertation, tentatively titled Projecting Unity?: Canadian Film, Cultural Policy, and National Identity, examines how Canadian national identity is formed by cultural policies and feature films.

The Fulbright allows Gauthier to spend an academic year in Canada, enabling her to keep up with Canadian news about national identity issues. She will complete some of her research at the National Archives in Ottawa, the headquarters of the National Film Board, and Telefilm Canada, and will attend the Toronto Film Festival to speak with filmmakers about their films and their views on national identity. “The great thing about the scholarship,” says Gauthier, “is that it allows me to actually live in Canada for nine months rather than take numerous short research trips.” She will be able to keep up with Canadian policy and see Canadian films, which are rarely shown in the United States, when they are released.

Gauthier became interested in Canadian film while working on a project related to Canadian popular culture with Lorna Irvine, English and Study of the Americas. In addition to the Fulbright award, Gauthier has received two small grants, from the International Council for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Embassy, since beginning her research. She hopes to complete the writing of her dissertation while in Canada.

A recent graduate teaching assistant in the Honors Program and in New Century College, Gauthier has worked as an academic advisor and instructor in New Century College for the past year. She received a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.A. from Wesleyan University. Once she has returned from Canada, Gauthier plans to look for a tenure-track position in a film studies or Canadian studies program.

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