The end of 2021 looks different than the start. After months of alone time and remote work, we gathered for report launches, Homecoming reunions, and study sessions on the third floor. In the fall semester, we welcomed guest speakers from near and far to GRI — keeping our promise to bring the world to William & Mary, and William & Mary to the world.
I’m excited to share how we’ll continue doing that in the coming year. GRI’s first stakeholder report documents how we grew and performed in FY2021, while also identifying areas for improvement. In particular, we identified funding to make our Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity more sustainable. We know we are better equipped to solve global challenges if we can build diverse teams. A new William & Mary News article explains how the pilot cohort of Post-Doctoral Fellows for Academic Diversity — Tanu Kumar and Julius Nyerere Odhiambo — teach through research and produce new knowledge with real-world applications.
The tiles below contain just 13 — of many — highlights from 2021. The first 12 images direct to noteworthy journal articles and publications from GRI’s labs, which exemplify our model of student-faculty collaboration. Not featured below, however, are the dozens of opinion pieces, interviews, and news articles our researchers contributed to throughout the year. From IJL Director Dr. Kelebogile Zvobgo’s Foreign Affairs piece on the ICC’s flawed Afghan investigation, to the BBC’s top-viewed story on AidData’s “Banking on the Belt and Road” report, to GRI Affiliate Sharan Grewal’s breakdown of Kais Saied’s power grab for Brookings, expertise from GRI faculty informs key debates inside and beyond the ivory tower.