Dr. Lauren S. Crane   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "Religious Schools as a Venue of Enculturation in India and
the United States"
Field of Study: Study of India
Home Institution in US: Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH
Host Institution in India: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh  
Start date/Month in India: August 2013
Duration of grant: Nine months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Lauren Crane is associate professor of psychology and director of East Asian Studies at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. As a cultural psychologist, her work focuses on the question of how cross-cultural differences emerge and are maintained over time. In particular, she investigates the socializing impact of language use and religious engagement. In the past, she has concentrated primarily on the US and East Asia, including data collection in Japan and South Korea. She has published papers contrasting Christian and Buddhist psychology, and comparing cultural scripts in the US, Japan, and China. She also has provided cross-cultural training to American business executives and Air Force personnel who work with East Asians. She now intends to expand her focus to include India.

Dr. Crane taught previously at Kenyon College, Williams College, Stanford University and Nagasaki Junior College. She also carried out applied social science research and development work at Sociometrics Corporation in California. She earned her PhD in cultural psychology and her MA in developmental psychology from Stanford University, and she holds a BA in psychology from Yale University.

Dr. Crane's Fulbright project investigates the possibility that attending a religious school rather than a secular one may have consequences for an adolescent’s developing self-concept. Indian data will be collected at religious Hindu schools, religious Muslim schools, and secular schools; American data will be collected at religious Christian schools and secular schools. Data collection will combine qualitative data (i.e., observation, interviews, narratives) with quantitative data (i.e., questionnaires, an experiment), in order to balance out the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Particular attention will be paid to school-based messages about interpersonal connectedness and personal autonomy.