American Fulbright Scholar Award Grantees

The UK will host 36 Fulbright Scholar Award grantees during 2017-18 come from a range of academic disciplines and professions, including nursing, peace and conflict studies, and environmental science.

Scholars

Fulbright Scholar Awards offer postdoctoral, academic and professional opportunities to research and/or lecture at recognised UK higher education institutions, as part of a transformative cultural experience.

Gregory Beaucage

Gregory Beaucage

Global Award, Sheffield University - Chemical and Materials Engineering

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Gregory Beaucage

Gregory Beaucage

Global Award, Sheffield University - Chemical and Materials Engineering

Greg Beaucage, Professor of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, has worked for a number of years on the rapid growth of technical higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This work began with NanoPower Africa, a collaborative project with the University of Cape Town funded by the U.S. State Department. In SSA there has been an explosion in the number of universities, in Ethiopia alone the number of universities has gone from three to 53 over the past ten years. Universities have produced a flood of engineers and scientists whose expertise cannot be utilized in the existing SSA economies.

Beaucage’s Fulbright Global Scholar project creates a startup incubator at Dire Dawa University in Ethiopia targeting employment of recent graduates. The incubator is a collaborative project with the University of Sheffield where expertise in printed electronics and polymer science will be leveraged toward incubator projects such as RFID soil moisture sensors.

The Fulbright Global Scholar Program will enable this new collaboration between the U.K. and U.S. to improve and apply technical education in SSA.

Adam Burgasser

Adam Burgasser

University of Exeter Award - Astrophysics

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Adam Burgasser

Adam Burgasser

University of Exeter Award - Astrophysics

Adam Burgasser is an observational astrophysicist and Professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Adam felt a certain meteorological draw to San Diego, where he obtained his Bachelor's degree in Physics, followed by Master's and PhD degrees in Physics with a specialization in Planetary Science at the California Institute of Technology.

Adam studies the atmospheres and kinematics of the lowest-mass stars, brown dwarfs and exoplanets, and is always on the look out for invisible stars. He also conducts research in physics education, participates in science-art collaboratories, and works to promote equity, inclusion and diversity in the sciences.

In addition to his science pursuits, Adam is a former NCAA national champion in springboard diving, enjoys surfing, and is a trained Shakespearean actor. He will be working with colleagues at the University of Exeter to solve long-standing problems of meteorology in brown dwarf atmospheres, continuing his long obsession with the weather.

Dan Burk

Dan Burk

Cyber Security Award, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford - Law

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Dan Burk

Dan Burk

Cyber Security Award, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford - Law

Dan L. Burk is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, where he was a founding member of the law faculty. Professor Burk teaches and writes on Patent Law, Copyright, Electronic Commerce, and related topics.

An internationally prominent authority on issues related to high technology, he is perhaps best known for his work in the area of “cyberlaw,” where he has been a leading figure in the debates surrounding Internet jurisdiction, trespass to computers, and the deployment of digital rights management systems. He holds degrees from Brigham Young University (Microbiology), Northwestern University (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry), Arizona State University (Law), and Stanford University (Law).

During the Fall of 2017 he will visit Oxford’s renowned Internet Institute as a Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar, studying the U.K.’s administrative procedures for consumer access to encrypted information. By examining the operations of the U.K. approach, he hopes to develop viable models for “fair use” infrastructure in an increasingly insecure digital world.

Karen Chapple

Karen Chapple

Global Award, University College London - City and Regional Planning

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Karen Chapple

Karen Chapple

Global Award, University College London - City and Regional Planning

Why leave the sunshine and relaxed lifestyle of the San Francisco Bay Area for England? Besides being the best city in the world, London is where research on neighbourhood change began, and the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analytics at the University College London has access to some of the world’s best data.

Chapple's Fulbright project will explore the feasibility of replicating my Urban Displacement Project, which characterizes Bay Area neighbourhoods according to their experience of gentrification and risk of displacement, in European and Latin American cities.

As a Global Scholar, Chapple will be in London for September-October and Madrid in November-December; Bogotá will follow next year. Back home, she is a professor in the University of California, Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning, and she supervises about 20 grad students, undergrads, and postdocs in research projects at the Center for Community Innovation. This Fulbright will give them the opportunity to share our work internationally and learn how researchers in other cities investigate neighbourhoods. Plus, Chapple's 10-year-old actress daughter will attend theatre school in London!

Meenakshi Chhabra

Meenakshi Chhabra

Global Award, UNESCO Center, University of Ulster - Peace Education

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Meenakshi Chhabra

Meenakshi Chhabra

Global Award, UNESCO Center, University of Ulster - Peace Education

Professor Meenakshi Chhabra is the Director of Global Interdisciplinary Studies in the Graduate School of Art and Social Sciences at Lesley University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

During her Fulbright Global Award, at the UNESCO center at Ulster University she will examine the curricular and pedagogical approaches in addressing a sensitive past. Her current research focuses on the teaching and learning of historical events of conflict and violence with a peace education orientation, and the research and work conducted by educators and researchers in Northern Ireland, is a valuable model in this area.

As a scholar and practitioner in Peace and Conflict Studies, Dr. Chhabra, has been recognized as a Fulbright Specialist in the field. She has also been awarded two Fulbright Senior Scholarships for her research and teaching related to Peace Education. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Chhabra has been working with youth and educators from conflicting countries through her association with Seeds of Peace, a non-governmental organization based in the US.

Douglas Edlin

Douglas Edlin

Queen Mary, University of London Award - Law

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Douglas Edlin

Douglas Edlin

Queen Mary, University of London Award - Law

Douglas E. Edlin received his doctorate from Oxford University, a J.D. from Cornell, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from Hobart College. He is currently a Professor of Political Science at Dickinson College where his courses and his research focus on the courts, comparative law, legal and constitutional theory, and the politics of race and gender in the United States. Before returning to graduate school, he practiced law and argued cases in US District Courts in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and in state trial and appellate courts.

As a Fulbright Scholar, he will conduct research at Queen Mary University of London School of Law comparing the newly instituted UK opt-out class action regime with the long-established form of class action in the US.

 

Orfeo Fioretos

Orfeo Fioretos

King's College London Research Award - Political Science

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Orfeo Fioretos

Orfeo Fioretos

King's College London Research Award - Political Science

Orfeo Fioretos received a BA from Bennington College, Vermont, and the Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. He is associate professor of Political Science at Temple University, Philadelphia, where his research focuses on international economic cooperation.

He was recently president of the International History and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, and guest researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, and at Sciences-Po, Paris.

As a Fulbright Scholar at King’s College London, Fioretos will be working on projects related to innovations in international economic diplomacy, the Group of Twenty (G20), and Transatlantic relations.

Jennifer Germann

Jennifer Germann

University of York (History of Art) Award - Art History

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Jennifer Germann

Jennifer Germann

University of York (History of Art) Award - Art History

Jennifer Germann grew up on Long Island, outside of New York City. She earned her BA in Art History from SUNY Binghamton. Interested in living in a different region of the United States, she moved to North Carolina, receiving her PhD in Art History from UNC-Chapel Hill.

After a stint in Seattle (and a postdoc at the Huntington Art Collection in San Marino, to cover all four corners of the country), she is an Associate Professor of Art History at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Her teaching covers early modern and contemporary visual and material culture and women’s and gender studies. She enjoys cooking, kayaking, and reading and watching science fiction with her husband and son.

During her Fulbright tenure, she will be resident in the History of Art department at the University of York, her home base while she completes research in London and Edinburgh. Her project centres on the “Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray” and explores the intersection of gender, race, and social rank in Georgian Britain.

Malika Green

Malika Green

Global Award, University of Southampton - Music

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Malika Green

Malika Green

Global Award, University of Southampton - Music

Malika Green started playing the steelpan over 20 years ago, has traveled as a performer throughout the US, Senegal and Trinidad and holds a bachelors and masters degree in Steelpan Studies from Northern Illinois University.

While at NIU, Ms. Green studied with Steelpan phenom Liam Teague and stalwart Cliff Alexis. While completing her Masters degree she focused on Composition and Arranging and co-directed the NIU All-University Steel Band. Ms. Green has been with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) since 2011 as Community Engagement Coordinator and Director of Steel Orchestras 2013. Since launching the CYSO Steel Orchestras Program, it has grown from 3 core ensembles to 4 core ensembles and 2 offsite neighborhood programs serving students age 6-18. She is interested in the history, development, pedagogical practices and sustainability of community run youth steel bands.

Her Global Scholar Award will allow for research in Trinidad, Toronto, ON and London, UK. She hopes that this research can serve as a road map to building a relevant and sustainable youth steel band program in Chicago. Ms Green also enjoys volunteering with Black Youth Project 100, Chicago and metal-smithing in her spare time.

Jonathan Jacobs

Jonathan Jacobs

University of York (All Disciplines) Award - Philosophy

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Jonathan Jacobs

Jonathan Jacobs

University of York (All Disciplines) Award - Philosophy

Jonathan Jacobs works in two related areas of philosophy. One focuses on issues of criminal justice—especially punishment—and how it is related to justice more widely understood. The other area concerns moral responsibility for actions and whether we are responsible for our characters.

While in York he will be writing on the aims and justification of punishment in a liberal democracy, exploring the challenge of seeking both justice and civility. Exploration of the similarities and differences between the political culture of the U.S. and U.K. is an important aspect of his scholarship and the period in York will enable him to work more closely with scholars of law, politics, ethics, and criminology in the U.K.

He has taught widely at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has traveled extensively and lectured in the U.K., Israel, Hong Kong, Poland, Germany, Australia, Turkey, and elsewhere. He regards travel and the history of food and its preparation as an especially enjoyable combination of interests. He also has longstanding interests in aerospace, military history, and political history.

Nicole Jacquard

Nicole Jacquard

University of Dundee (Art and Design) Award - Fine Arts

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Nicole Jacquard

Nicole Jacquard

University of Dundee (Art and Design) Award - Fine Arts

Nicole is currently an Associate Professor and Area Head at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and from 2015-17 she was the President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Nicole received an MFA from the University of Michigan, and a second MFA while on a Fulbright Scholarship to Australia at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT) in Melbourne.

In 2004 Nicole returned to RMIT and completed her Ph.D. in Fine Arts; The Role of Computer-Aided Design Within a Contemporary Studio Practice. While at the University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Nicole will be researching Scottish historical Annular, Penannular and Pseudo-Penannular pins.

She is interested in the visual clues that are forever captured in these intimate pieces of adornment. Her goal is to translate and abstract these historical forms into contemporary works by employing various rapid prototyping methods, as well as adding interactivity and Augmenting Reality in order to provide a possible narrative about the pieces.

Mark Katz

Mark Katz

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Award - Political Science

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Mark Katz

Mark Katz

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Award - Political Science

Mark N. Katz was born and raised in Riverside, California. He first visited (and fell in love with) the UK in 1969 when, at the age of 14, he participated in a summer program(me) for American students at the University of East Anglia. He received a Ph.D. in political science from MIT, and has been teaching at George Mason University since 1988. Much of his research has been on Moscow's foreign policy toward the Middle East.

During his Fulbright grant at SOAS, he will be studying Gulf Arab and Iranian views of Russian foreign policy since the beginning of Moscow's intervention in Syria in 2015. He is also looking forward to discussing London's policy toward the Gulf and the Middle East as well as relations with both America and Russia in the era of Brexit.

Rebecca Klaper

Rebecca Klaper

University of Birmingham Award - Environmental Sciences

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Rebecca Klaper

Rebecca Klaper

University of Birmingham Award - Environmental Sciences

Rebecca Klaper, a professor at the School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is originally from Illinois, and developed a love of the natural world on childhood camping trips with family. She received a Ph.D. in Ecology from University of Georgia and a Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the Environmental Protection Agency which inspired her interest in impacts of emerging contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals, and nanomaterials on freshwater organisms.

The goal of her research is to inform how chemicals may be designed to decrease their environmental impact. Dr. Klaper was one of the first scientists to study environmental effects of nanomaterials, she is a lead investigator in the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, and has served as an advisor to several government agencies on chemical safety.

As a Fulbright Scholar she will be working with researchers at University of Birmingham, experts in molecular techniques, to examine how chemical structure may impact how a chemical interacts with freshwater organisms. She also enjoys playing and watching soccer (football) and looks forward to doing so in the UK.

Brent Lagesse

Brent Lagesse

Cyber Security Award, University of Cambridge - Computer Science

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Brent Lagesse

Brent Lagesse

Cyber Security Award, University of Cambridge - Computer Science

Brent Lagesse grew up in East Texas before completing his undergraduate degree at Illinois Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is currently at the University of Washington Bothell where he leads the Security in Emerging Environments research group and teaches courses in cyber security and networking.

As a Fulbright Scholar, he will work at the University of Cambridge to study security and privacy in crowd sensing systems. He is working to increase the adoption and social utility of crowd sensing applications by enhancing the trustworthiness of these applications.

He is excited to work with crowd sensing experts at the University of Cambridge and to experience the differences in security and privacy expectations in the UK so that he can improve his teaching and research when he comes back to the US.

Kathie Lasater

Kathie Lasater

Edinburgh Napier University Award - Nursing

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Kathie Lasater

Kathie Lasater

Edinburgh Napier University Award - Nursing

Kathie Lasater has a strong background in nursing education, including up close and personal development of a U.S.-recognized, cutting-edge curriculum to prepare nurses for the 21st century. Vulnerable populations, such as arriving refugees, people left in socioeconomic crisis after the recent global financial catastrophe, and increasing numbers of aged, living with a myriad of chronic illnesses, are driving a stronger focus on population health in undergraduate curricula.

With host university colleagues, she will research readiness for such change and provide guidance to lay the groundwork for advancing population health, using her extensive practice and educational experience. Kathie’s previous research has focused on how students learn to think like a nurse and how the transition to increasingly complicated practice settings impacts their thinking. She has created a developmental rubric used in many countries and is a huge advocate of academic and practice educators solidly partnering to facilitate the transition.

Dr. Lasater is expecting to learn much more about her UK heritage. Her quarter-Scottish spouse will bring his ancestry work along and together, they plan to explore the UK. The project will also connect to faculty at Kathie’s home institution and hopefully set the stage for future collaboration.

Karen Lofgren

Karen Lofgren

University of the Arts London Award, Central St. Martins College - Art

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Karen Lofgren

Karen Lofgren

University of the Arts London Award, Central St. Martins College - Art

Karen Lofgren holds a Master of Fine Art in Visual Art from CalArts. Deeply influenced by the diverse countercultural environments in which she came of age, her process and research-centred work taps into personal, social, and cultural anxieties regarding mortality and time, value, gender, power, privilege, and infrastructure. Through videos, sound works, as well as sculptures, installations, and artist books, the work incorporates a reverence for ritual, material, and process, while participating in a greater dialogue of the Americas in the decolonial world from a feminist standpoint.

In consultation with colleagues at Central St. Martins College, University of the Arts, London, Fulbright research focuses on ritual and non-ritual use of medicine, drugs, and medicinal plants throughout various cultures and time periods, from the ancient to the contemporary, resulting in a new body of studio work, new collaborative relationships, and an artist book. Of particular interest are questions about the way belief systems shape approaches and actions in defining illness and cure. 

Gertraud Maskarinec

Gertraud Maskarinec

Global Scholar Award, University of Edinburgh - Epidemiology

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Gertraud Maskarinec

Gertraud Maskarinec

Global Scholar Award, University of Edinburgh - Epidemiology

Dr. Maskarinec’s project addresses the global health problems of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and breast cancer. Her overarching theme is to elucidate the association between these common conditions in different populations around the world.

As an expert in nutritional epidemiology and in ethnic differences of health and disease risk, she will perform comparative research using new statistical methods at two institutions in Europe and one in Japan. In addition, she will teach seminars in the area of nutrition and chronic disease incidence across ethnic groups. Dr. Maskarinec started her career in public health with a medical degree from Germany followed a doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of Hawaii.

Her experience includes a successful track record of peer-reviewed research, often in collaborative settings, with a focus on breast cancer, diabetes, soy products and other foods with bioactive compounds, as well as various nutritional and hormonal biomarkers including mammographic density. At the same time, she has mentored students and young investigators in research methods and taught classes in nutritional epidemiology at the University of Hawaii.

Patrick McGilligan

Patrick McGilligan

Queen's University Belfast Award - Creative Writing

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Patrick McGilligan

Patrick McGilligan

Queen's University Belfast Award - Creative Writing

Patrick McGilligan is the author of Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light, nominated for the Edgar Award and winner of the highest prize for translated film literature in France; the New York Times Notable Books Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast and George Cukor: A Biography of the Gentleman Director; and a dozen other books about film published in the U.S. and U.K. and translated into foreign languages. His Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane, published in 2015, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and short-listed for best biography of the year by the Los Angeles Times.

Mr. McGilligan was previously a Fulbright Senior Scholar posted to UCD- Dublin (2009), and a Specialist at UCC-Cork (2013) and at Lund University (2015).

Mr. McGilligan visited Belfast and Queen's University in 2009 and looks forward to returning and teaching research and writing methods related to his life's work as a non-fiction author. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he teaches at Marquette University.

Christopher McGinity-Bianco

Christopher McGinity-Bianco

Queen Mary, University of London Award - Pharmacology

Christopher L. McGinity-Bianco was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in the surrounding northern bay area. After completing his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Sonoma State University, Christopher moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he received his doctoral degree in chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University.

Currently Christopher and his wife live in Düsseldorf, Germany where he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Heinrich-Heine University. Being a trained chemist, Christopher now hopes to expand his skill set and acquire knowledge in the areas of biology, pharmacology and toxicology. In his free time he enjoys cooking and traveling with his wife, Molly.

As a Fulbright scholar, Christopher will work as a postdoctoral fellow at the Queen Mary, University of London where he will investigate the role of polysulfur species in the cardiovascular system.

Laurel McSherry

Laurel McSherry

Scotland Visiting Professorship at the Glasgow School of Art - Landscape Architecture

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Laurel McSherry

Laurel McSherry

Scotland Visiting Professorship at the Glasgow School of Art - Landscape Architecture

A native of coastal New Jersey, Laurel McSherry began her landscape studies in art history. A fascination with regional landscape interpretation led to graduate work at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Teaching for over a decade in the American Southwest, McSherry learned much about the capacity of land to spatialize heritage. This theme, one of several she pursued during a year-long fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, and through subsequent writing and photography along New Jersey’s Raritan River, remains an underlying and inspiring thread in nearly all of her work and her teaching.

Currently she leads Virginia Tech’s graduate landscape architecture program in metropolitan Washington D.C. Working again in the Mid-Atlantic rewards her with opportunities to share the region’s beauty and complexity with others, and to restore a portion of the beloved land of her youth.

As a Fulbright Scholar, she will investigate the prominence of a single landscape –– the Clyde River Valley –– in overlapping cultural and ecological histories, and its contribution to the pioneering work of Scottish-American landscape theorist Ian McHarg.

Richard Meyer

Richard Meyer

University of Leeds Distinguished Chair - Film and Media Studies

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Richard Meyer

Richard Meyer

University of Leeds Distinguished Chair - Film and Media Studies

Dr Richard “Richie” Meyer received his BA and MA from Stanford University and a PhD from New York University. He is a combination of academic scholar, having taught at several universities, and working professional, as a film maker and managing broadcasting organizations.

Richie is aware of the University of Leeds’ reputation for teaching world cinema and media as well as its research capabilities. His experience in organizing film festivals and publishing several books about film will enable him to contribute to the university’s new program in film studies.

In addition, he looks forward to assisting the cinema department in developing a professional strand in their curriculum. Living in the UK and working with the University’s faculty and students will provide Richie with an experience that he will be able to share with colleagues in the United States.

Angela Mikula

Angela Mikula

Distinguished Awards in Teaching, Institute of Education, University College London

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Angela Mikula

Angela Mikula

Distinguished Awards in Teaching, Institute of Education, University College London

Angela Mikula teaches middle and elementary level art at Delaware Township School in Sergeantsville, New Jersey. Throughout her twenty years of teaching in the United States and internationally, she has emphasized art as a window to better understanding one’s self in relationship to the world.

As a middle and high school art teacher at the American Community School in Athens, Greece she became certified in the International Baccalaureate Program. She has presented at conferences for organizations including the Near East South Asian Council of Oversees Schools, the Art Educators of New Jersey and the Colorado Educators Association.

From January 2018 to June 2018, Angela will travel to the United Kingdom as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program.

Maggi Morehouse

Maggi Morehouse

University of Nottingham Award - African Diaspora Studies

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Maggi Morehouse

Maggi Morehouse

University of Nottingham Award - African Diaspora Studies

Maggi M. Morehouse is Burroughs Distinguished Professor at Coastal Carolina University, in South Carolina. She was the first graduate of the African Diaspora Studies program at the University of California Berkeley, completing her Ph.D. in May 2001. She is the author of Fighting in the Jim Crow Army, and editor of Civil War America, as well The Routledge History Handbook of the American South. She has been working with media providing historical consultation and crafting oral histories into visual short stories on topics ranging from black soldiers, to enslaved potters, to southern women, to African Diaspora migration.

She is a former Fulbright Scholar posted to the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, where she collected oral histories of black West Indians who participated in the British armed forces during WWII.

As the 2018 Fulbright Scholar & Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham, she will be teaching courses on Race & the Law, as well as tutoring in their new Black Studies PhD program, and conducting research on Black British attitudes toward Brexit.

Rick Peltier

Rick Peltier

University of York (All Disciplines) Award - Environmental Health

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Rick Peltier

Rick Peltier

University of York (All Disciplines) Award - Environmental Health

Rick Peltier lives in New England, and is giving the Original England a try for a while. Trained as an atmospheric chemist, his work examines exposure to air pollution - and how this affects human health - in different parts of the world. Currently an Associate Professor, his group is active in field and laboratory research that is focused on understanding and improving public health.

While in the UK, he hopes to develop new ways to analyse and visualise air quality data, especially data that comes from do-it-yourself applications and citizen science. In many ways, the UK is already a leader in this field, which is one of the reasons why he chose to complete his Fulbright at the University of York. Assuming he remembers to always look right, instead of left, before crossing the street, he hopes to return to his home institution with an improved suite of air pollution monitoring tools that can be more useful in improving public health.

Seth Pollack

Seth Pollack

Schuman Award, University of Brighton - Service Learning and Social Change

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Seth Pollack

Seth Pollack

Schuman Award, University of Brighton - Service Learning and Social Change

Seth Pollack is Professor of Service Learning, and the founding faculty director of the Service Learning Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay. Seth’s interests are in the role of higher education in social change and community building, particularly as it relates to addressing issues of economic inequality and community disenfranchisement. Seth is a strong proponent of the power of service-based and research-based community-university partnerships to help universities become more connected to the needs and aspirations of their diverse communities.

Seth developed his interest in community-university partnership after a decade working in grassroots rural development in West Africa, South Asia and Central America. He ultimately returned to higher education, and received his PhD in International Development Education and his MA in Organisational Sociology from Stanford University. He was honoured with the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning, recognised as the nation’s outstanding faculty in the field of community service and civic engagement. Seth’s interests in higher education’s role in social change brought him to Cape Town, South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar, where he worked to help post-apartheid South African higher education institutions create more community-connected academic programs.

In the UK, he will be working with the University of Brighton to strengthen its service learning and community partnership program, particularly with regard to issues of migration, economic recovery and multicultural community-building. Seth was born in New York City, and grew up in Boulder, Colorado. He is an avid cyclist, outdoors enthusiast and traveler. He speaks French, German, Bamanankan and some Hebrew, and has a deep passion for world music.

Vivian Price

Vivian Price

University of Liverpool Award - Politics and Society

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Vivian Price

Vivian Price

University of Liverpool Award - Politics and Society

Price has lived on the East and West Coasts of the US and many parts in between. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College, and earned a Masters in History at the University of Texas, Austin. Before going on to earn a PhD at the University of California, Irvine, she spent sixteen years working in factories, a refinery and then became a union electrician, working in construction.

These blue collar experiences shaped her interests, became the subject of her dissertation and several films on women in construction, and then on the history of Mexican agricultural workers in the US. Price is active in labor and community issues in the US and on her campus, California State University, Dominguez Hills. She and her wife love nature and the outdoors, but both are also interested in the politics of work and the use of art to express political ideas.

In Liverpool, the heartland of labour, she plans to engage students in interviewing and photographing union and labour folk about the initiatives for a "just transition," that is, how the labour movement is involved in creating greener workplaces now and envisioning work in the future in light of climate change.

Alexander Simms

Alexander Simms

Durham University Award - Earth Science

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Alexander Simms

Alexander Simms

Durham University Award - Earth Science

Alexander (Alex) Ray Simms was raised in Oklahoma and after graduating from Oklahoma State University moved to Houston, Texas where he completed a PhD in Earth Sciences at Rice University. As an Associate Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara he teaches a general education course on Antarctica as well as other courses related to sedimentology and stratigraphy.

His research focuses on documenting how ancient coastlines have responded to past environmental changes.

He enjoys hiking in the mountains behind Santa Barbara with his wife, Annie, and trying to keep up with their five children: Nathan, Jared, Owen, Weston, and Savannah. In Durham, he will work with others in the Geography Department on past responses of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to climate change as well as mapping ancient tsunami deposits in northern Scotland.

Reed Swier

Reed Swier

Distinguished Awards in Teaching, University of Edinburgh

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Reed Swier

Reed Swier

Distinguished Awards in Teaching, University of Edinburgh

Reed Swier is a Michigan native who has taught for 10 years in elementary schools in California and New York. Most recently, Reed has worked as the Director of School Culture & Family Engagement at East Harlem Scholars Academy, part of the East Harlem Tutorial Project.

In this work, Reed has supported staff, students and families by promoting culturally responsive teaching and creating and implementing a school culture philosophy that is imbedded in restorative justice practices. From individual behavior interventions to whole school community meetings, Reed has facilitated student’s development while simultaneously engaging with their families in effort to foster a true community school.

Reed is excited to build on this work by collaborating with school communities in the United Kingdom.

Hugh Thomas

Hugh Thomas

King's College London Research Award - History

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Hugh Thomas

Hugh Thomas

King's College London Research Award - History

Hugh Thomas has been studying medieval English history for nearly four decades, first as an undergraduate and graduate student at Yale University and since then as a professor at the University of Miami. Despite the temptations of beaches and tropical drinks, he has managed to publish four books and a number of articles on a range of topics, most notably relations between the English and the Normans after the Norman Conquest. His most recent book concerns the secular clergy (priests and other clerics who were not members of monastic orders) in the twelfth century.

His current project is a social and cultural history of the court of King John, 1199-1216. King John is best known for Magna Carta, but he presided over a wealthy court that boasted an enormous hunting establishment; lavish displays of gold and silver plate, jewelry, and rich textiles; elaborate feasts; and a busy religious life.

The active intellectual life at King’s College London, and in London more generally, will create an excellent environment in which to carry out this work.

Maisha Wester

Maisha Wester

University of Sheffield Award - Gothic Literature

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Maisha Wester

Maisha Wester

University of Sheffield Award - Gothic Literature

Maisha Wester received her Doctorate in English from the University of Florida with an emphases on African American Gothic Literature. As an Associate professor, she teaches Horror Film Studies and American Gothic Literature. Each summer she joins a group of doctors and nurses on a medical mission trip to the mountain community of Ipswich, Jamaica; the trip also provides her the opportunity to investigate gothic legends such as the White Witch of Rosehall.

She is the author of African American Gothic Literature: Screams from Shadowed Places, which helped pioneer scholarship on African American Gothic literature. Wester is co-author of a forthcoming collected edition on Twenty-first century Gothic.

Her current research extends the field to examine Gothic Literature across the African Diaspora; during her grant she will particularly investigate Afro-British Gothic literature.

Roxanne Binaso

Roxanne Binaso

Distinguished Awards in Teaching, University of Edinburgh

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Roxanne Binaso

Roxanne Binaso

Distinguished Awards in Teaching, University of Edinburgh

Roxanne Binaso is a middle school English teacher at the East-West School of International Studies in Flushing, NY. An educator for seven years, Roxanne is passionate about infusing social justice and global citizenship into her curriculum.

In 2013, she received a Fund For Teachers Grant to uncover the narratives of female microentrepreneurs in the Philippines, Thailand, and Australia who were able to lift their families out of poverty. In 2015, as part of the Fulbright-Hays Seminar, she travelled through China, ultimately creating a project entitled “Life on the Margins: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Assigning Responsibility and the Power of Education.”

In the Spring of 2018, she will travel to Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program.

Senior Scholars

Distinguished Chair and Visiting Professor Awards are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar programme. Candidates should be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.

Heidi Brevik-Zender

Heidi Brevik-Zender

Visiting Professor at the University of Aberdeen - French Studies

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Heidi Brevik-Zender

Heidi Brevik-Zender

Visiting Professor at the University of Aberdeen - French Studies

Heidi Brevik-Zender was born in Berkeley, California and received her doctorate from Brown University. She is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests are in French literature and culture, with an emphasis on issues of modernity in relation to fashion, gender, and urban space.

The author of Fashioning Spaces: Mode and Modernity in Late-Nineteenth-Century Paris, she has also published on literary texts by Zola, Maupassant, Mallarmé and Rachilde, films by Catherine Breillat and Sofia Coppola, the series Mad Men, and fashion lithography from the 1800s. She is co-organizer of the Global 19th Century Workshop at U.C. Riverside, an interdisciplinary research group studying the nineteenth century in transnational contexts. 

While in Aberdeen she will be writing her next monograph, on the subject of gender and the built environment in 19th-century France.  She will also be working collaboratively with the University’s interdisciplinary cohort of researchers in French studies and will be exploring the important architectural history of the city. She looks forward to building new research partnerships with colleagues in Scotland and to learning more about the Highlands.

Robert Briscoe

Robert Briscoe

Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow - Philosophy

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Robert Briscoe

Robert Briscoe

Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow - Philosophy

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Robert Briscoe is Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University. Briscoe received his BA from Columbia University and pursued his graduate training at Harvard and Boston University. His research focuses on topics in the philosophy and cognitive science of perception.

Prior to his appointment at Ohio University, Briscoe was a research associate at the MIT Initiative for Technology and Self and taught in the Philosophy Department at Loyola University in New Orleans. Briscoe enjoys reading novels, travelling, and spending time with his three children.

His project as Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience at the University of Glasgow is titled “Pictorial Experience in the Light of Vision Science.”

Kalu Ugwa Ogbureke

Kalu Ugwa Ogbureke

University of Birmingham Distinguished Chair - Head and Neck Pathology

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Kalu Ugwa Ogbureke

Kalu Ugwa Ogbureke

University of Birmingham Distinguished Chair - Head and Neck Pathology

Kalu Ugwa Emmanuel Ogbureke is a Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial/Head and Neck Pathology, and Chair, Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth-Houston). He earned his dental degree from the University of Ibadan and a doctor of medical sciences from Harvard University. Ogbureke’s laboratory studies the role of the SIBLLING family of proteins in oral cancer progression.

As a Fulbright Scholar, his research will focus on investigating saliva and serum levels of dentin sialophosphoprotein (DSPP) and matrix metalloproteinase-20 (MMP20) as reliable assays for monitoring the development/progression of oral cancer in patients. The objective is to elucidate the utility of MMP20 and DSPP as diagnostic and prognostic markers, and as potential therapeutic targets in the management of oral cancer patients.

The Head and Neck Surgery unit of the School of Cancer Studies, University of Birmingham, U.K. offers a unique combination of the expertise and technology necessary to accomplish the goals of this research. He anticipates the Fulbright grant will lay the foundation for long-term collaboration between UTHealth-Houston and the University of Birmingham.

William Chapman Sharpe

William Chapman Sharpe

Visiting Professor, University of Edinburgh College of Humanities and Social Science - Literature

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William Chapman Sharpe

William Chapman Sharpe

Visiting Professor, University of Edinburgh College of Humanities and Social Science - Literature

William Chapman Sharpe grew up in Westfield, Massachusetts. After graduating from Columbia College in NYC, he spent two years at New College, Oxford, where he received an M.A. He returned to Columbia for his Ph.D. He has been the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Award in Nice, France, as well as Mellon, NEH, and Guggenheim fellowships. Bill is a Professor of English & American literature at Barnard College, Columbia.

He is the author of three books with an interdiscplinary focus on literature and art: Unreal Cities, New York Nocturne, and Grasping Shadows. He and his family have spent many years in the south of France, where his children attended local schools. Bill enjoys painting, as well as sailing and travelling with his wife and three sons.

As a Fulbright Scholar, he will be based at the Institute for Advanced Study in Edinburgh, and teaching in the English department at the University of Edinburgh. His current project explores the cultural history of walking, and he hopes to do a lot of walking while in Scotland.