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King alumna Amanda Lewis says her passion for history is what led to her desire to study the culture and people of Africa. Now Lewis will have the opportunity to make that dream a reality, thanks in part to two separate grants she received to study abroad.

The first grant award that Lewis received was the Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research award, which allows students like Lewis the opportunity to study abroad. The program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.

The second grant Lewis received was the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, which allows students to study through various scientific fields of research opportunities.

“My time at King really molded me and showed me my passion for history,” Lewis said. “Dr. Shannon Harris really inspired me to study African history.”

This will be the first project in this particular region of Africa that utilizes ethnographies of scientists as well as local Maasai residents to understand the local impact of national and international conservation policies.

Lewis graduated from King in 2005 with a degree in education. She then went on to gain her master’s degree from East Tennessee State University, and from there, Lewis came back to King as an adjunct faculty member in 2006.

Since 2009, Lewis has been studying at Michigan State University to earn her Ph.D. in African History. In January 2013, Lewis will travel to Kenya to research the historical relationship between wildlife conservations throughout the protected areas of Africa.

“I’m grateful that the university feels confident and credible in my work to see me succeed with this research. It goes hand-in-hand - what I learned from King College transitioned to ETSU and from there to Michigan State,” Lewis said.

“Amanda really shined as a student during her time at King and seeing her thrive in what has become her passion, makes me feel incredible,” said Associate Professor of History, Shannon Harris.