IAF recently learned that Summer Harlow, a Fellow in the 2012-2013 cycle, received the prestigious Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award from The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), which recognizes the best Ph.D. dissertation in the field of research on mass communication. Harlow’s IAF Fellowship funded some of the research that went into her winning thesis Liberation Technology? Toward an Understanding of the Re-appropriation of Social Media for Emancipatory Uses among Alternative Media Projects in El Salvador. The award is named after three pioneering educators in the field of journalism and includes a monetary prize. “It is such an honor to win,” Harlow said. “I wanted to reiterate to you how grateful I am that I was selected for an IAF fellowship, as my dissertation and the award would not have been possible without it.” The honor awarded to her in August capped her first year on the faculty of Florida State University. Harlow expects to return to El Salvador next summer to further develop her expertise.
The IAF’s Fellowship Program, launched in 1974, has supported doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and master’s degree candidates from throughout the hemisphere. Between 1991 and 1995, outstanding grassroots leaders pursued independent studies funded by the Dante B. Fascell Inter-American Fellowship. The more than 1,100 alumni of the program include many highly respected scholars and practitioners who continue to influence generations of students as well as institutions and public policy, including development assistance policy. For more information on the program and application procedures, visit www.iie.org