Visiting International Scholars

Each year, Barnard departments and centers host visiting international scholars who enrich the campus community through their research and teaching.  The following scholars are visiting Barnard this Spring 2018:

Lalitha Sindhuri Yarasuri,  Fulbright Doctoral Research Scholar, Dance Department

Visiting from University of Hyderabad, India

 Ms. Lalitha Sindhuri is a senior research fellow at the Department of Dance, University of Hyderabad. Her current research focuses on the impact of cross-cultural training on the dancer’s body in terms of flexibility, endurance, stamina, agility, and total body awareness.  Having completed her bachelor’s in computer science, Ms. Sindhuri pursued her master’s in Kuchipudi dance at the University of Hyderabad. She has given over 800 performances all over India and received many awards for her excellence in dance. Her notable awards include the Balashree National Award from the President of India; Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Award; Balaratna Award from the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh; Outstanding Young Person Award from Junior Chamber International; and Young Woman Achiever Award from Bharatiya Janata Party. Ms. Sindhuri also pursues other interests including meditation, music, books, and literature, and she writes a blog.

As a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow, Ms. Sindhuri is working to understand the Western (especially American) pedagogical approach and theoretical framework in cross-cultural training in dance. Along with carefully observing the techniques of modern dance in conditioning the body, she is also studying several movement sciences like body mechanics and applied anatomy for human movement to understand the dancing body. Her primary objective is to understand how contemporary dance made changes to its pedagogy in order to optimize the life of a dancer and how this concept can be related to the contemporary scenario of Indian dance with a special reference to Kuchipudi dance.

Suk Sung Hong, Doctoral Research Scholar, Psychology Department

Visiting from Ajou University, South Korea

Suk Sung Hong is working in Professor Lisa Son's lab on metacognition and motivation across cultures. 

Junsu Park, Research Scholar, Psychology Department

Visiting from Ajou University, South Korea

Dr. Junsu Park received a double Ph.D. in May 2017 from the Department of Global Management, School of Business Administration at Ajou University in South Korea and from the School of Business at the University of Eastern Finland.  His research investigates how individuals, groups, and organizations behave under risk.  Using both interdisciplinary and quantitative approaches, he examines cross-cultural and inter-generational attitudes and choices related to risk for individuals and groups.  In his prior work, Dr. Park has found that risk management decision strategies change with culture, and may even be related to a number of cognitive biases.  As a visiting scholar to Barnard College’s Psychology Department, and in collaboration with Professor Lisa Son, Dr. Park plans to expand his investigation of risky decision-making to the US, and to how cognitive and metacognitive biases might impact an individual’s debt repayment decisions.  This research direction is important for a basic understanding of decision making, as well as groundwork for which to design implementation strategies for improving risk management competency.

Mar Galindo, Research Scholar, Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures

Visiting from the University of Alicante, Spain

Mar Galindo is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Alicante (Spain). A graduate in Spanish Studies, she specialized in Second Language Acquisition and the Teaching of Modern Languages at the University of Pennsylvania (2004). She has published several articles, book chapters and book reviews in international journals. Her PhD (2010) focused on the learning of Spanish as a L2, and was partly developed at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She was awarded with the ASELE (Asociación para la Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera) prize for excellence in research in 2011 and with the Extraordinary doctorate prize in 2012. Her first book, La lengua materna en el aula de ELE (2012), was awarded with the Young research prize 2013 of the Spanish Applied Linguistics Association (AESLA).

In 2013 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris III, and a Spanish teacher at the Instituto Cervantes in Paris.

She is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures, working on a project on the effect of gender in Spanish language learning, especially in study abroad contexts.

Sine Plambech, Visiting Professor, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department

Visiting from the Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark

Dr. Sine Plambech is an anthropologist and film director working within the fields of sex work, trafficking, migration, transnational feminist studies & documentary filmmaking. Sine Plambech conducts fieldwork in Southern Nigeria, North East Thailand and Southern Italy. She was the 2016 recipient of the Danish Research Council's Elite Researcher Award and her work is published in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Social Politics and Feminist Economics. She uses her documentary filmmaking as a way to communicate her research to a broader audience which has so far resulted in five award-winning documentaries on the topics of international migration, sex work and human trafficking.  Dr. Plambech serves as an expert advisor on migration and trafficking to the European Commission (EASO) as well as several individual EU member states.

Dr. Plambech is teaching the course WMST BC3519 Migration, Sex Work, Trafficking: Global and Visual Perspectives this fall, and will be collaborating with Professor Elizabeth Bernstein and Professor Janet Jakobsen at the Barnard Center for Research on Women.