Hannah Carlan, an alumna of New York University’s College of Arts and Science, has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar for 2013, one of 39 Americans nationwide who received this honor. Carlan is NYU’s fourth Gates Scholar in the last four years.
Carlan graduated summa cum laude in May 2012 from NYU's College of Arts and Science, where she received highest honors in her major, anthropology and linguistics, and completed a minor in South Asian Studies. As a student of anthropology and South Asia, Carlan’s senior honors thesis examined linguistic practices among South Asian social workers in New York City.
While at NYU, Carlan spent two years as a tutor in America Reads/America Counts, a nationwide tutoring program in reading and mathematics, and served as the lead student research assistant for a National Security Education Program grant entitled “Language for Health.”
Carlan won a Fulbright Grant to India in 2012 and is currently an English teaching assistant in New Delhi. At Cambridge, she will pursue an M.Phil in social anthropology. Her academic interests focus on the interplay between conversation and larger ideologies of class, caste, and gender in Hindi-speaking northern India. Her work aims to demonstrate speakers’ capacity to affect attitudes toward social categories like class and gender to reveal the power that language has to challenge and reinforce everyday structures of social inequality.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive, full-cost scholarships awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue full-time postgraduate degrees in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
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