Dr. Stefano Tijerina, CBHA/ACHA member and the inaugural recipient of the CBHA/ACHA's Chris Kobrak Research Fellowship, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Political Science and Lecturer at the Maine Business School at the University of Maine. He sent in the following statement about the impact the fellowship had on his academic work:
"The Chris Kobrak Research Fellowship spearheaded my career as a Business Historian, allowing me to strengthen my capabilities as a researcher and as a teacher. During my tenure I secured a Lecturer position in the Maine Business School, while using the funding to complete my research for the forthcoming book under the University of Toronto Press titled Filling in the Gaps in the Americas: Canadian Business Expansion in Colombia, 1767-1979. I also had the opportunity to contribute book chapters for The History of Canada-U.S. Trade Negotiations and "A Samaritan State" Revised: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid. In addition to this, the funds allowed me to carry out research that resulted in the publication of the peer-reviewed article; "Transnational Spatial Dimensions of Colombian-Canadian Relations in the Era of Capitalist Expansionism" in the American Review of Canadian Studies."