A.U.K Alumna Deniza Mulaj wins Fulbright Scholarships
Deniza Mulaj graduated from RIT/A.U.K where she studied Public Policy and Economics. In 2012 she was granted a scholarship from the Open Society Institute to continue her studies at the University of Washington, ranked as 15th among the world top 500 universities by Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2014.
Influenced, in part, by her studies in Anthropology and Political Philosophy at the University of Washington, Deniza has conducted research on public policy analysis and the creation of institutions founded on democratic values. On 2012 – 2013 she conducted several research projects in the field of anthropology, including health disparities of the Marshallese population. Deniza’s projects also explored the cause of youth homelessness in Seattle and the cultural influence of the individualist and collectivist paradigm in basketball in Kosova and Seattle.
Deniza is currently working at the Forum for Civic Initiatives (FIQ) as the officer of philanthropy program. Through her work at FIQ, she has developed and implemented numerous projects on philanthropy, enterprenuership, youth, culture and arts, and economic and social sustainability.
Recently, Deniza was granteed the Fulbright scholarship for masters studies at the North Carolina State University (NC) ranked among 100 from 500 top world universities from Academic Ranking of World Universities. At NC State Deniza will study Anthropology with a special focus on Political and Legal Anthropology. Her interest on state formation, citizenship, democracy, political and social development, and human rights in relation to diverse systems of social control, lead Deniza to study Anthropology.
Deniza acknowledges A.U.K’s contribution to her intellectual and academic development. She is thankful to her professors for supporting and motivating her to dream big and take careful steps towards achieving her goals. She will leave Kosova with the hope of returning more equipped to contribute to the social and political development of her home.