Name: Samantha Balaton-Chrimes
Pursuit: African Studies
Samantha obtained her Bachelor of Arts in 2007 (Honours in Politics) and is an active member of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific. Samantha wishes to build a career in African Studies, with a focus on political science so that she can investigate political and humanitarian issues which cause human suffering for people such as refugees and stateless persons. Samantha was awarded the inaugural Rufus Davis Prize for an Honours Thesis in Politics. Samantha will put the grant towards important and innovative research which will allow her to acquire her PhD and build awareness within Australia of political issues in Africa. Samantha’s hero is Nelson Mandela.
When did you start? I started my undergraduate studies in 2001, and commenced my Ph.D. in 2008.
Career highlight or biggest achievement? Being awarded the Rufus Davis Memorial Prize in Honours (politics) at Monash University in 2007, and one of the Postgraduate Prizes at the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific Annual Conference in January/February 2008.
What is your dream? To conduct innovative and useful research in the area of African Studies.
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero? Nelson Mandela.
Any other special talents? I am excellent cook!
Favourite Music? West African, Indie Acoustic, Jazz
Favourite Movie? The Princess Bride
Favourite TV Show? So You Think You Can Dance
Favourite Food? Chocolate
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money? The grant will assist with living and research expenses, such as interpreters, for a 6 month field study in Nairobi, Kenya, which will form the main data for my Ph.D. thesis.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by? Bad things happen when good people stand by and do nothing.