Karin Friederic, an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University, has been awarded the Campbell Fellowship for Transformative Research on Women in the Developing World, a 6-month residential fellowship for the 2015-16 year to be carried out at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM. This fellowship recognizes a female doctoral level scholar whose research both documents the circumstances of women in the developing world and offers paths to concrete, practical strategies for improving their health, prosperity, and general well-being.
With this fellowship, Friederic will synthesize lessons from thirteen years of ethnographic research and engaged activism on gender, violence, development, and human rights in rural Ecuador. Her book manuscript argues that gender violence interventions based exclusively on rights-awareness and education are inadequate and sometimes unwittingly insert “liberated” women into much larger dynamics of structural violence. Instead, she argues, interventions should approach violence as embedded in broader concerns about health, community well-being, development, and changing norms of masculinity and femininity. Through summer 2015, she will be engaged in just such an intervention, and this fellowship will allow her to analyze the implementation and initial effects of this work and to identify lessons for similar resource-poor communities with high rates of violence. The result will be a book that speaks across academic and activist communities.