Duchesne Alumna Receives Fulbright Award

Duchesne Alumna Receives Fulbright Award

Emma Buckingham '06 will conduct research in Greece as a Fulbright scholar.

Emma at Archeological Site

When Emma Buckingham '06 was in 6th grade, she visited Greece and fell in love with the country. A few years later, during her freshman year at Duchesne, her interest in Greek culture and history grew when her literature class read The Odyssey and a number of Greek plays. Now, some 12 years after graduating from Duchesne, she'll be heading to Greece to live and study after winning a Fulbright award from the U.S. Department of State.

Buckingham will conduct research at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens as part of a project to evaluate theories of the relationships between mother cities in Greece and the settlements that they established in Italy during the 7th and 6th centuries BCE.

"I'll be researching the processes that led to ancient Greek colonization in South Italy and Sicily," said Buckingham. "There were a lot of reasons for this — overpopulation, politics, resources. Artifacts help us trace these ancient routes and tell us about the continuing links between Greece and its colonies."

She is currently a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is studying classical archaeology. She applied for the Fulbright program to gain more independent research experience in preparation for a career in academia where she hopes to teach at a university and conduct fieldwork during the summer.

During her time abroad, Buckingham says she "hopes to research and write at least two articles for publication, and start editing my dissertation to turn into a manuscript." She'll be based in Athens, but will also take a few research trips to areas of western Greece, South Italy, and Sicily.

As a Fulbright recipient, Buckingham is among a select group of scholars. Fewer than 2,000 U.S. citizens will participate in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

Reflecting on her time at Duchesne, Buckingham attributes the classroom environment as one of the reasons she's been so successful in her academic pursuits.

"Duchesne taught me to be intellectually curious and sparked my interest in the classics," said Buckingham. "Being in such a supportive classroom environment also contributed to my interest in learning and teaching."