Meet the GGC Consultants

Emma K. McDonell, Senior Consultant

Emma is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology minoring in Caribbean and Latin American Studies and Geography. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz where she served as senior writing tutor in the Department of Anthropology and the Student Academic Center. Emma was a finalist for a Fulbright Project Award in Peru in 2012 and has studied Quechua with a FLAS Award. In summer 2014, she began dissertation fieldwork on interactions between quinoa producers and and development practitioners in the highlands of Peru, and ways changes in production practices are disciplined and resisted. Her dissertation will focus on the reconfiguration of socio-material worlds of the Peruvian Altiplano vis-á-vis the “Quinoa Boom.”

Katie Larson, Proposal Developer/Trainer

Katie is a dual MPA/MA student with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. After receiving her BA in Sociology and a minor in Middle Eastern and Hebrew Studies in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she was a recipient of a 2011-2012 Fulbright fellowship to Tunisia, where she studied Arabic literature. She has also received research and educational grant support for continued Arabic and Hebrew study from the Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. Katie has experience assisting students with Boren, FLAS, Center for Arabic Study Abroad programs (CASA), Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Fulbright research proposals. Her research interests include conflict and post-conflict recovery, economic development, entrepreneurship, project management, Islamic and Jewish studies, and Arabic pedagogy.

Alyssa A. Meyer, Proposal Trainer/Consultant

Alyssa Meyer is a dual MPA in Energy/MA in Central Eurasian Studies candidate who has won more than $100,000 in scholarships to support her research and education. After earning a BA in Political Theory and International Relations from Michigan State University in 2011, Alyssa won a 2012-2013 Fulbright Research Grant to Kyrgyzstan, where she began the groundwork for her Master’s thesis on the impact of energy insecurity on living standards in Kyrgyzstan. Now an Alumni Ambassador for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Alyssa is passionate about promoting long-term academic exchange.  She has experience with Title VIII, FLAS, Boren, Fulbright, and CLS.  She hopes to eventually earn a PhD in resource and behavioral economics.


Elizabeth Harrington Lambert, Senior Consultant Emerita

Elizabeth recently defended her dissertation “Between Bauhaus and Buchenwald: Landscape and Memory in Postwar Weimar” in the Department of History.  She received her B.A. from Agnes Scott College. After completing her M.A. at IU, she spent five years at Bauhaus –Universität-Weimar and the Freie Universität Berlin as a Fulbright and DAAD scholar.  She has also received support from the Spencer Foundation, Holocaust Educational Foundation, German Historical Institute, Smith-Richardson Foundation and Stiftung „Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft.”  Her research interests include public history, historic preservation,  architectural and urban studies and war and society.  A DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Research Ambassador, Elizabeth is an enthusiastic supporter of German-American academic exchange, but is eager to assist you in identifying appropriate sources to successfully fund your own research. 


Alexander M. Strong, Proposal Trainer/Consultant Emeritus

Alex entered IU as an M.M. candidate in Trombone Performance at the Jacobs School of Music. He is now in the final year of coursework for an M.A. in Arts Administration/MPA through the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He received his B.M.E. (Music Education) from Central Michigan University, where he was a national finalist for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea. He received a creative endeavor award from Central Michigan University to fund “Kind of New”, a collaboration with other musicians to reinvent the landmark Miles Davis album, “Kind of Blue” in a series of live performances. His research interests include education and the arts, but he is also familiar with funding proposals in a variety of other contexts.


Joshua B. Harris, Senior Consultant Emeritus

Josh is a M.A. candidate in the Russian and East European Institute. He received his B.A. in Russian and English from the University of the South, where he served as Head Writing Tutor in the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program. After graduating from the University of the South in 2007, he received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for his project “Blades and Rails: Ice Hockey and Train Travel in Slavic Europe.” Over the course of his fellowship year, he traveled to fourteen eastern and central European countries, using hockey as a means of deepening his knowledge of Slavic culture and the post-Soviet sphere. His research interests include Slavic languages, Macedonia, the Balkan Conflict, and comparative postmodern literatures. With successful applications for over $50,000 in competitive grants and over five years’ editing, proofreading and tutorial experience, Josh brings skill, experience and enthusiasm to the GradGrants Center.