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Linda Racioppi Wins Ralph H. Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs at MSU
Published: Friday, 06 Apr 2012
On Wednesday, March 21 the 2012 International Awards Ceremony was held where Linda Racioppi won the Ralph H. Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs at MSU.
Linda Racioppi has been a professor in James Madison College for more than 20 years. She has dedicated her professional career and scholarship to advancing international research and teaching programs on gender and social issues with a special focus on post-conflict countries in Central Asia, South Asia and Europe.
Additionally, Racioppi has helped support the Asian Studies Center in developing a portfolio of activities that go beyond the traditional curricular arena and reach into the domain of institutional and team building.
Racioppi’s sustained efforts and leadership as director of strategic partnerships and director of special projects with MSU’s Asian Studies Center have helped to develop the South Asia Partnership and Central Asia Partnership platforms. These programs provide unique opportunities for faculty members and students across several colleges to interact and develop interdisciplinary programs with prestigious institutions in these regions.
As the Team Leader of the gender component of the USAID funded regional Integrated Pest Management Collaborative Research Program in Central Asia, Racioppi is helping to leverage synergies at MSU. In July of last year, she led a cross college team of faculty members to the Self Employed Women’s Association based in Gujarat, India for the purposes of building collaborative linkages on gender and rural development.
As a researcher, Racioppi has spent many years addressing some of the world’s most difficult challenges, examining conflict within and across borders in important hotspots like Sri Lanka and the former Soviet Union. Her research pushes the boundaries of many disciplines, bringing important elements into the picture with thorough analysis of women’s movements and other marginalized groups in conflict and post-conflict situations. Her ability to move among a wide range of subjects has led to important findings that were previously obscured by disciplinary boundaries.
Through her sustained commitment and dedication, Racioppi has brought MSU to the world, and the world to MSU students. She has actively advanced Ralph Smuckler’s vision of engagement for MSU globally by helping to build stronger communities around the world.