WSU Anthropology Student Wins Fulbright to Study in Nepal

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University anthropology doctoral
candidate Kathey-Lee Galvin has received a Fulbright Award to conduct
research in Nepal.

Galvin, a cultural anthropologist, will spend 10-18 months in Nepal studying
how the status of recent Hindu widows compares with that of those widowed
many years ago. She will assess the effects of social sanctions related to
international development on the women.

This will be Galvin’s second visit to Nepal. She will board with a Kathmandu
Valley family that she met while doing a month-long preliminary study last

A scholar of gender issues, Galvin completed research in 1997 on Andean
women and informal economies in Ecuador. She came to WSU in 1996 after
completing her bachelor’s degree in history at Roosevelt University in
Chicago. She teaches courses in gender and culture and peoples of the world,
and is a member of the American Anthropological Association and the Society
for Feminist Anthropology.

Galvin is one of approximately 2,000 U.S. grantees to travel abroad for the next
academic year through the Fulbright program. Established in 1946 and named
for Arkansas Sen. J. William Fulbright, who sponsored the legislation, the
Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Recipients are
selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and leadership
potential in their fields.