|Ms. Hannah Carlan is an honors graduate of New York University (NYU), where she earned a B.A. in anthropology and linguistics with a minor in South Asian studies. She taught in a New York City public elementary school for two years as an undergraduate student. During the summer and fall of 2011, she interned at a social services agency in Queens, New York that caters specifically to recently arrived immigrants from South Asia. She performed the fieldwork for her honors thesis at this agency on the power of humor to reinforce and subvert gendered hierarchies in South Asian social workers’ everyday interactions. She also worked for two years as a research assistant for an NYU National Security Education Program grant, “Language for Health,” dedicated to collecting and bolstering a database of materials in the languages of Hindi and Urdu used to foster greater awareness of South Asian medicinal and cultural practices. She previously traveled to India as a student at the American Institute of Indian Studies, Jaipur. She has studied Hindi for three years and Urdu for two, and hopes to enter a graduate program in anthropology after completing her Fulbright grant and to perform doctoral research in India on aspects of Hindi language practice relating to gender.
Ms. Carlan’s Fulbright research project, “Language, Gender, and Justice: An Examination of Hindi Language Practices,” will seek to explore the relationship between language and cultural stances toward gender and social justice in a community-based organization in New Delhi. By engaging in participant observation fieldwork, Ms. Carlan will conduct an analysis of language practice that takes into consideration the influence of global gender justice discourses upon local activism and will aim to uncover the influence of everyday talk in promoting social change.