Emily Cousins

2017 Critical Language Scholar

Emily Cousins

Graduate student Emily Cousins has been awarded a 2017 Critical Language Scholarship. Sears will travel to the American Institute of Indian Studies in Kolkata, India to study Bengali (also called Bangla), a language from the Indian subcontinent spoken by 250 million people.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students fully funded by the State Department. The program aims to broaden the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries.

“This scholarship will enable me to more deeply immerse myself in a culture already close to my heart and enhance my future work in Writing Studies. Bangla will open up a range of new research opportunities, including projects on literacy practices and education in Bangladesh and transnational writing program administration.”

Collegiate experience

  • Areas of Study:

    • Expects to graduate May, 2018, from the College of Arts and Sciences with a master’s degree in English studies.
    • Has a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 2010.

Hometown information

  • Hometown:

    Tokyo, Japan
  • High school:

    The American School in Japan
  • Parents:

    Toko and Steve Cousins of Tokyo