Junior Jonathon McBride Wins Around-the-World Research Grant

Junior Jonathon McBride Wins Around-the-World Research Grant

Jonathan McBride

Jonathan McBride, a junior majoring in social policy, received the 2015 Circumnavigators Travel-Study Grant to investigate the response of universities around the world to sexual assault. His itinerary includes visits to Brazil, the Netherlands, Egypt, South Africa and Australia this summer. 

The Circumnavigators grant of $9,000 is presented annually to a Northwestern student who spends the summer travelling the world and researching a topic of interest. The award is funded jointly by Northwestern University and the Chicago Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club. The award recipient travels for at least 10 weeks to at least five different countries on three continents.

“Recently, there has been a lot of media attention focused on sexual assault, but what I think is missing is a discussion on how to make progress in the area," says McBride. "I hope that by investigating sexual assault policies around the world, we can elucidate some of the best and worst policies surrounding sexual assault. Doing this on a global scale will put the current sexual assault situation in a larger context and foster discussion about how to make improvements.”

“Each of the countries I selected to visit was chosen because there is a cultural aspect that makes for a great case study.”

McBride's project is titled "The American Sexual Assault Crisis in a Global Context: Policies, Resources, and Student Engagement." This project grew out of work McBride has done on campus with Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault.

McBride's faculty sponsors are David Shor, director of clinical services at CAPS, and Nick Davis, associate professor of gender and sexuality studies and English, and director of graduate studies in gender and sexuality studies.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 2/27/15