The Carr Center is pleased to announce that, for the summer of 2010, two Traub-Dicker fellowships have been awarded. The talented recipients of this year's grants are: Sarah Bouchat and Tommy Tseng. Consistent with the terms of this important award, Mr. Tseng and Ms. Bouchat will spend the summer doing research in the domain of policies affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities. Both of these students bring a strong record of academic achievement and a longstanding commitment to LGBT human rights.
Sarah Bouchat is a Research Associate with the Carr Center Human Rights and Social Movements Program, where she assists with various research projects, especially in the area of LGBT human rights issues. Bouchat earned an AB in International Studies with a focus in Human Rights from the University of Chicago in 2008, and is currently an MPP student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Bouchat's professional and research interests include the intersection of human rights, queer, and gendered experience, Asian Pacific Islander.
This summer, Sarah initiated research examining the challenges to, and opportunities for, LGBTQ activism in Singapore. Contending with domestic political constraints as well as international narratives that place "Asian values" at odds with "human rights," Singaporean LGBTQ activists have struggled to secure rights and protections while also being on the forefront of building civil society in Singapore. Sarah's work includes interviews with a variety of activists and other movement facilitators in Singapore, seeking to explain the impact of institutional politics and social strictures on the movement, as well as exploring emerging ideas and actions from movement actors to achieve change in spite of these challenges.
The goal of Mr Tseng's research project was to study Chinese American attitudes towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. The Chinese American community is the largest Asian Pacific-Islander in the United States; however, little is known about this community's or the larger API community attitudes toward LGBT people. Understanding Chinese American's attitude towards LGBT people and issues is the first step in understanding the attitudes of the API community.
The project sought to:
(1) identify the cultural and social causes of anti-LGBT prejudice,
(2) understand the dynamics of the root causes, and
(3) explore interventions for attitude change.
Tommy Tseng is currently a second-year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research interests include LGBT human rights, public perception of LGBT people, and Asian American political participation.
Established through a generous gift by Margaret Traub '80 and her partner Phyllis Dicker, the Traub-Dicker-HKS Fellowship is designed to support the summer research of one or two Kennedy School students doing original work on policies related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.
The goal of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for a current Kennedy School student, working closely with a member of the Kennedy School faculty, to produce a serious, and possibly publishable, piece of policy research. Unlike summer internship opportunities, summer fellowships are designed to support scholarship rather than provide work experience.