Local Resident Wins Fulbright

Jody Jorgensen, a 2001 Willamette University graduate from Anchorage and a graduate of Chugiak High School, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to study in Iceland next year.

A politics major, Jorgensen worked as a research assistant for Willamette Professor Suresht Bald. During the course of her research, she became familiar with the Women's Alliance, a women's political party that won several seats in Iceland's parliament during the 70s and 80s. Jorgensen studied in Reykjavik for a semester in order to learn more about this unique political party, and wrote her senior thesis on the Women's Alliance.

Her Fulbright proposal will continue her research at the University and National Library in Reykjavik, which houses The Women's History Archive. Jorgensen will also interview members of the former Women's Alliance and the new coalition, the Social Democratic Alliance

At Willamette, Jorgensen was active in the Women's Center and Students for Choice, and worked at the Bistro. She helped launch the first campus production of the "Vagina Monologues" and was a member of the crew team. During the summers, she volunteered for the Alaska AIDS Assistance Association and the Alaska Center for the Environment.

She is the daughter of James T. Jorgensen of Chugiak and Carol L. Bohm of Anchorage.