March 10, 2008

Diana Galperin ’08 Receives Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship

Lafayette is the only exclusively undergraduate liberal arts and engineering college among the institutions whose students were honored

Diana Galperin ’08 (Warminster, Pa.), a double major in international affairs and French, is one of nine students nationally to receive a 2008-09 Junior Fellowship from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Lafayette is the only exclusively undergraduate liberal arts and engineering college among the institutions whose students were honored.

The fellowship will provide Galperin with a paid, full-time position for one year. Junior Fellows receive a gross salary of $33,000 per year plus a full benefits package. Galperin’s program will focus on issues related to Russia and Eurasia. She was selected from a pool of nominees from close to 300 colleges.The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a nonprofit educational organization in Washington, D.C., which conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international relations and United States foreign policy. The Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment is designed to provide substantive work experience for graduates of participating universities who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs.

For information on applying for scholarships and fellowships, contact Julia A. Goldberg, associate dean of the College, at x5521 or email. See a list of recent Lafayette recipients of national and international scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and post-graduate study.

Galperin has traveled and studied extensively abroad. In the fall of 2005, she studied French culture, language, and business in Dijon, France, and in the spring received the David A. Portlock Study Abroad Memorial Prize. The following year, she participated in the highly selective Bard College’s Globalization and International Affairs Program, which provides a unique opportunity for college students and recent graduates from around the world to engage in the study and practice of human rights, international law, political economy, global public health, ethics, and writing on international affairs. She also took the interim-session course Guatemala: Innovations in Development this past January.

Galperin is currently working on her honors thesis focusing on partisans (members of the resistance movement) and civilian responses to them in the Soviet Union during World War II under the guidance of Joshua Sanborn, associate professor of history. As an EXCEL scholar and native Russian speaker, Galperin assisted Sanborn with compiling information for his forthcoming book, Life on the Frontier of Death: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Ecosystem of War. Much of the source material for book comes from historical Russian texts. Galperin also compiled the bibliography for another book Sanborn co-authored with Annette Timm, Gender, Sex, and the Shaping of Modern Europe (Berg, 2007).

Galperin is a Marquis Scholar, is the founder and member of the Model United Nations Club at Lafayette, and is also a member of Amnesty International and the International Students Association. She works for the Landis Community Outreach Center by volunteering at the Easton Area Academy and being an America Reads tutor.

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