British Fulbright Scholar Award Grantees

As part of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar programme, our 23 Scholar Award grantees for 2017-18 come from academia and a range of other professions. They comprise engineers, lecturers, civil servants and more.

Cameron Alexander

Cameron Alexander

The Urology Foundation Award, Stanford University - Surgical Oncology and Urology

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Cameron Alexander

Cameron Alexander

The Urology Foundation Award, Stanford University - Surgical Oncology and Urology

Cameron Alexander is an Academic Foundation Programme doctor and Honorary Clinical Fellow at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and University of Glasgow. He attended the University of Aberdeen on a Merit Scholarship and graduated in medicine in 2015, with an intercalated BSc in Medical Sciences (First Class Honours).

Alexander is passionate about improving patient care through research and his previous experience has included working with The Cochrane Collaboration, The Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA, and Oxford Stone Group, University of Oxford. 

At Stanford University he will join internationally renowned kidney cancer scientists at The Leppert Lab to undertake research into the molecular mechanisms that underpin kidney cancer. In doing so he hopes to contribute to the development of novel treatment strategies that will improve patient outcomes, as well as build towards a successful career in academic surgery. He plans on spending his free time as a Fulbright Scholar exploring California’s beautiful coastline, cities and national parks. 

Sandra Chapman

Sandra Chapman

Lloyd’s of London Award, Boston University - Physics

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Sandra Chapman

Sandra Chapman

Lloyd’s of London Award, Boston University - Physics

Sandra Chapman is Professor of Physics at the University of Warwick. Sandra’s work is highly interdisciplinary and she pioneers nonlinear and complex systems approaches in solar system and laboratory plasmas and more widely. She read Physics on an Exhibition Scholarship to Imperial College, London and her PhD (Imperial College) was on chaos in space plasmas.

Recognition includes the COSPAR Zeldovich Medal, EGS Young Scientists' Medal and the RAS 2014 James Dungey Lecture. Sandra held research fellowships from PPARC, the RS/JSPS, the Nuffield Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, amongst others. As a practicing artist Sandra works to bridge the ‘arts- science divide’- as a NESTA Dreamtime fellow she worked as an artist in Antarctica with BAS. Earth’s highly dynamic space plasma environment has its own space weather which in our highly networked world can result in power and aviation disruption, communication loss and disturbance to satellite systems.

Her scholarship year will be at the world class centre for space weather research at Boston University and other centres of excellence across the USA

Sarah Cotterill

Sarah Cotterill

All Disciplines Award, Pennsylvania State University - Engineering

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Sarah Cotterill

Sarah Cotterill

All Disciplines Award, Pennsylvania State University - Engineering

Sarah is visiting Pennsylvania State University to build on research she completed in her EngD at Newcastle University, in collaboration with Northumbrian Water Ltd., as part of the STREAM industrial doctorate centre. She will work with her host, Bruce Logan, on a combination of wastewater treatment technologies: a Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) and an anaerobic fluidised bed membrane bioreactor (AFMBR). Her project will assess whether these technologies are able to achieve a high quality effluent at low temperatures with (low or) no energy input. The 'Logan Lab' is the only laboratory in the world combining these two technologies.

This amazing fellowship will support Sarah's academic, professional and personal development: allowing her to expand her understanding of wastewater technologies, explore ideas, and gain experience of other cultures through interaction with an international research group. 

Siwan Davies

Siwan Davies

All Disciplines Award, University of Maine - Geography

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Siwan Davies

Siwan Davies

All Disciplines Award, University of Maine - Geography

Siwan Davies will explore the relationship between volcanism and climate during her Fulbright award. She is a Professor in Geography at Swansea University, Wales and studied previously at Oxford and Royal Holloway, London. In 2010 she was awarded a European Research Council grant to constrain the timing of abrupt climate changes that have occurred in the past using volcanic ash deposits preserved within ice and sediment records.

During her Fulbright visit, she will apply this expertise to identify the source of large eruptions that influenced climate in the past at the renowned Climate Change Institute, University of Maine. In collaboration with colleagues at Maine she will search for traces of these large eruptions in ice-core records from Greenland and Antarctica. Siwan is the presenter of a TV documentary series “Her yr Hinsawdd” (Climate Challenge) for the Welsh channel S4C.

She and her young family are looking forward to explore Maine’s natural environment and as a harpist and singer she will pursue a range of musical opportunities.

Donnacha Doody

Donnacha Doody

Northern Ireland Public Sector Award, United States Department of Agriculture - Agri-Environmental Science

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Donnacha Doody

Donnacha Doody

Northern Ireland Public Sector Award, United States Department of Agriculture - Agri-Environmental Science

Donnacha Doody’s is Programme Leader for Catchment Science research in AFBI, focusing on the impact of land use on aquatic ecosystems. He has a Ph.D in Agricultural Pollution from the University of Limerick and has experience in engaging stakeholders, from farm to national scale, on issues related to resource management and the environment.

He is looking forward to working with researcher in the USDA-ARS, regional policy makers and farmers to explore different approaches to managing the risks to water quality from the use of phosphorus fertilisers on dairy farms. In his current role, Donnacha works closely with government departments, providing them with the scientific evidence underpinning agri-environmental regulations in Northern Ireland. This will provide him with a significant opportunity to disseminate the findings of his Fulbright trip into future Northern Irish policy.

Donnacha has a keen interest in US history and current affairs and is looking forward to making the most of his opportunity in Pennsylvania. 

Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle

American Studies Award, University of South Carolina - American History

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Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle

American Studies Award, University of South Carolina - American History

Patrick Doyle is a historian of the USA with a specific research interest in the American Civil War era. He received his PhD from the University of Manchester, where he also obtained an MA in American Studies. Patrick has been a Lecturer in Modern American History at Royal Holloway, University of London, since September 2014.

His current research project, which is an extension of his Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded doctoral research, seeks to interrogate the interconnected issues of family, community, and loyalty in Confederate South Carolina. This research will be significantly boosted by the opportunity to utilize the resources on offer at the Institute for Southern Studies and South Carolina Library, which are both located at the University of South Carolina.

An abiding interest throughout Patrick’s academic career has been the distinctiveness of the South within the wider history and culture of the US, and he is therefore excited by the chance to spend three months living, working, and researching in the region. Patrick is sure this social and cultural immersion will offer unique perspectives on the South and the US. 

Mark Farrell

Mark Farrell

Lloyd's of London Award, Arizona State University - Actuarial Science

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Mark Farrell

Mark Farrell

Lloyd's of London Award, Arizona State University - Actuarial Science

Dr Mark Farrell is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (FIA) and currently Programme Director of the Actuarial Science and Risk Management BSc degree program at Queen’s University Belfast Management School, where he has successfully led the development of Actuarial Science education.

After obtaining a first class degree in Mathematics at Loughborough University in 1999, Mark spent 10 years working in various actuarial roles in London, Toronto, Belfast and Dublin, before moving into academia in 2009. Mark’s current research area is in Insurance Technology (Insurtech) where he is investigating the application of wearable device data to help price insurance risks.

Mark will be visiting Arizona State University where he will be building links with other actuarial science researchers. As an outdoor enthusiast, Mark is also looking forward to exploring the diverse landscape of Arizona.

Andrew Frey

Andrew Frey

University of South Florida Visiting Researcher - Biological Sciences

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Andrew Frey

Andrew Frey

University of South Florida Visiting Researcher - Biological Sciences

Andrew Frey is a Postdoctoral Researcher from the University of Sheffield, where he obtained his PhD. Andrew has been passionate about medical science since his time as an undergraduate, and is an active member of the Microbiology Society.

Andrew has broad experience in a range of molecular and cellular techniques from working in academic and industrial laboratories in Newcastle, Glasgow, and Nottingham as well as Sheffield, which he will bring to his two year scholarship at the University of South Florida. Here, Andrew will have access to state of the art facilities and world leading expertise in molecular biology with a focus on proteomics and cell signalling, enabling research into immune system signalling and its role in dementia-a vast and growing global problem.

Specifically, Andrew’s main goal is to investigate the role of phosphohistidine signalling and a novel signalling protein (PHPT1) on activation of microglia-key innate immune cells of the brain. On his return to the UK, Andrew will apply the specialist knowledge and contacts from his time in the USA to the advancement of medical sciences.

Amel Ibrahim

Amel Ibrahim

Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, New York University - Medical Sciences

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Amel Ibrahim

Amel Ibrahim

Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, New York University - Medical Sciences

Amel Ibrahim is passionate about integrating research with reconstructive surgery in order to improve the lives of children born with craniofacial defects. She first developed an interest in academic surgery whilst studying medicine at Imperial College London. On completion of core surgical training in London, she undertook a PhD in tissue engineering and facial modelling at University College London for which she was awarded the Royal College of Surgeons Research Training Fellowship. 

As a Fulbright scholar, Amel intends to build on her craniofacial modelling research by working with Dr Roberto Flores at New York University (NYU). She looks forward to accessing the extensive expertise at NYU to develop a simulation tool for aiding craniofacial reconstruction in children.

Through the Fulbright exchange, Amel also hopes to build a long-lasting collaboration in craniofacial research between the USA and UK. Amel is passionate about widening access to science and medicine and aims to participate in community outreach work during her visit. Her other great love is art and is excited about exploring New York’s rich creative scene. 

Zita Jessop

Zita Jessop

Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, Harvard University - Medical Sciences

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Zita Jessop

Zita Jessop

Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, Harvard University - Medical Sciences

Zita is an Academic Clinical Lecturer in the Reconstructive Surgery & Regenerative Medicine Research Group headed by Professor Iain Whitaker at Swansea University Medical School and holds a medical degree from Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.

Her research focuses on combining regenerative medicine strategies to tissue engineer cartilage and a recent MRC Fellowship has allowed her to build on this as part of a doctorate degree using an innovative combination of biomaterial and chondroprogenitor cells for 3D bioprinting. Zita has received the RCS Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct biomimetic tissue engineering research at Harvard University.

Zita hopes that collaborating with world-renowned biofabrication experts will accelerate clinical translation of cartilage constructs for patients requiring facial reconstruction following trauma, burns, skin cancer excision and congenital conditions, seen whilst training as a Plastic Surgery Registrar at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery. She is looking forward to expanding her field of expertise, immersing herself in Boston life and learning about US cultural history. 

Louise Lavictoire

Louise Lavictoire

All Disciplines Award, Missouri State University - Conservation Biology

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Louise Lavictoire

Louise Lavictoire

All Disciplines Award, Missouri State University - Conservation Biology

Louise was recently awarded her PhD which focussed on the developmental biology of juvenile freshwater mussels (Margaritifera margaritifera) and ways to improve captive breeding of this critically endangered species. Louise works for the Freshwater Biological Association which runs England’s only captive breeding programme for the freshwater pearl mussel.

Freshwater mussel rearing practices are in their infancy in the UK compared with the USA and so Louise will spend her Fulbright scholarship learning the most up-to-date rearing techniques and studying the feeding mechanisms of juvenile freshwater mussels at Missouri State University. She will be working under Prof. Chris Barnhart, an expert in freshwater mussel biology and propagation. Louise will investigate how feeding in juvenile mussels changes with biological development in order to improve our understanding of this vulnerable life cycle stage and try to increase survival in captivity.

Louise will be experiencing her all-American adventure with her husband and two young sons and is looking forward to immersing her own ‘juveniles’ in American culture, teaching them about American traditions, exposing them to the great American outdoors and sampling the diverse American cuisine. 

Stuart Middleton

Stuart Middleton

All Disciplines Award, New York University - History

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Stuart Middleton

Stuart Middleton

All Disciplines Award, New York University - History

Stuart Middleton is a historian of political and intellectual cultures in Britain, Western Europe and America since the late nineteenth century.

During his Fulbright year at New York University he will be researching the networks that linked progressive intellectuals in Britain and America between the 1930s and the late 1950s, using a set of unique archival holdings in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Illinois, Tulsa, Stanford, and Los Angeles. Stuart holds a PhD in history from the University of Cambridge, where he is currently a research fellow at Fitzwilliam College.

He is looking forward to participating in the world-leading research forums in modern British and intellectual history that are hosted in New York, and helping to build innovative transatlantic collaborations among historians and other academics. His Fulbright award will provide exposure to an extraordinary range of academic practices and resources in the USA, which he will share with students and colleagues upon his return to Britain. 

Hannah Mumby

Hannah Mumby

All Disciplines Award, Colorado State University - Zoology

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Hannah Mumby

Hannah Mumby

All Disciplines Award, Colorado State University - Zoology

Hannah researches the interface between behavioural ecology and conservation in elephants. She conducted research for her PhD and first post-doc in Myanmar on the associations between environmental conditions and life history variables in logging elephants. She is a Drapers’ Company Research Fellow at Pembroke College and Society in Science – Branco Weiss Research Fellow at the Department of Zoology in Cambridge and a Research Associate at the non-profit Elephants Alive. She leads the Bull Elephant Network Project, in which her team investigate the overlap between social and genetic relationships in male elephants in South Africa and Mozambique.

For her Fulbright Award, she will conduct research on the impacts of poaching and legal hunting on social networks and demographic parameters. She will be based at Colorado State University, hosted by George Wittemyer and his group of researchers working on the famed long-term study of the Samburu population of elephants in northern Kenya.

Hannah is looking forward to forming a fruitful collaboration as well as seeing bears, elk, bighorn sheep and everything else the Rockies have to offer. 

Lella Nouri

Lella Nouri

Cyber Security Award, University of California, Santa Barbara - Criminology

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Lella Nouri

Lella Nouri

Cyber Security Award, University of California, Santa Barbara - Criminology

Dr Lella Nouri is a Lecturer of Criminology at Swansea University, specialising in terrorist use of the internet. Lella’s background is interdisciplinary in nature; she studied for her PhD in Politics and her MA in International Relations. Lella’s recent research has focused on the growing use of the internet by far-right extremist groups; currently she is leading an interdisciplinary team examining extreme far-right groups’ usage and influence on popular social media sites. Lella will spend her Fulbright year at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She will be analysing the use of social media by extreme far right groups across the US and UK, examining the processes by which online communities are constructed and maintained. She is driven by a passion for aligning academic research to the needs of practitioners and will be identifying key messages and communicative devices to reveal how the different profile types interact and which are most influential. With an interest in water sports and wildlife, Lella is also looking forward to making the most of her six months in Santa Barbara.

Kevin Orr

Kevin Orr

All Disciplines Award, University of California, Berkeley - Public Administration

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Kevin Orr

Kevin Orr

All Disciplines Award, University of California, Berkeley - Public Administration

Kevin Orr is Professor of Management, School of Management, University of St Andrews. A former head of school, he is recipient of the Louis Brownlow Prize from the American Society for Public Administration. His research interests are at the intersections of public administration, organization theory, and political studies.

His Fulbright work will explore leadership and storytelling. Specifically, how public administrators use stories and narratives to lead well, achieve public good, and enable the work of democracy. His fieldwork will explore the ways in which storytelling and narrative practices are a vital part of the leadership repertoire of public administrators, and central to good governance. He is excited about the power of a Fulbright to open doors, so that his project has impact on academic thinking and on the everyday work of democratic organizations.

The Fulbright will provide a unique opportunity to engage with theoretical developments, and develop joint work which can sustain lasting collaborations between the US and the UK. With interests in politics and culture he is looking forward to his time in California.

Andrew Paverd

Andrew Paverd

Cyber Security Award, University of California, Irvine - Computer Science

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Andrew Paverd

Andrew Paverd

Cyber Security Award, University of California, Irvine - Computer Science

Andrew's research focuses primarily on the use of secure hardware to build trust in computer systems. This leverages his combined background in electrical engineering and computer science.

Andrew was the recipient of the 2010 Chancellor's Gold Medal from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, as the most distinguished graduand in any natural science discipline. Since completing his DPhil at the University of Oxford, Andrew has been working as a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University in Finland.

During his Fulbright exchange to the University of California Irvine, Andrew will explore the use of hardware security techniques in new application domains. In particular, he plans to collaborate with leading researchers and industry in California, and elsewhere in the US, to enhance security and privacy in emerging networking paradigms and the Internet of Things. 

Joanne Pettitt

Joanne Pettitt

Elon University Award, Visiting Researcher and Lecturer - English

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Joanne Pettitt

Joanne Pettitt

Elon University Award, Visiting Researcher and Lecturer - English

Jo is an associate lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent and the secretary of the British Association of Holocaust Studies (BAHS). She has also worked as a postdoctoral assistant at the University of Bern, and as a lecturer in Ethnic Tapestries at the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in London.

Jo will teach in the English department at Elon for the 2017 fall term. In addition, she will also be pursuing her own research, looking into representations of perpetrators of the Holocaust in English and American literature and film.

While in the States, Jo aims to gain a better understanding of the difference between British and American attitudes to Holocaust perpetration. Her book, Perpetrators in Holocaust Narratives: Encountering the Nazi Beast is due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in May 2017. Jo is a keen hiker and is very much looking forward to exploring the trails around North Carolina. 

Rebecca Reeves

Rebecca Reeves

All Disciplines Award, City University of New York - Criminology and Public Policy

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Rebecca Reeves

Rebecca Reeves

All Disciplines Award, City University of New York - Criminology and Public Policy

Rebecca Reeves is a Detective Chief Inspector in the Metropolitan Police in London. She is an experienced detective with a track record of leading successful teams in local policing and specialist crime investigation. After working in teams responsible for reducing the violence caused to Londoners by firearms and gangs, most recently she led a homicide investigation team in South London. It was in this role that she became passionate about improving the service by police to bereaved people, and closer working with health and other partners in managing the response to deaths. Hosted by NYC's renowned John Jay College of Criminal Justice and working with NYPD and local organisations, Rebecca will use her Fulbright research award to examine how different agencies can work together in successful partnerships, particularly in areas of high risk. She hopes to make new friends and contacts for the future, and looks forward to making the most of her time in NYC enjoying music and theatre, walking in Central Park and getting beyond the city to go hiking in some of the US's great national parks.

Pradeep Sacitharan

Pradeep Sacitharan

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Biomedical Science

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Pradeep Sacitharan

Pradeep Sacitharan

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Biomedical Science

Pradeep Kumar Sacitharan is a biomedical research scientist from London. Pradeep conducted his doctoral studies in Molecular and Cellular Medicine at the University of Oxford. He discovered how cells age and how this process can be targeted to treat arthritis.

Pradeep was awarded numerous national and international prizes for his discovery including British, European and American new investigator awards. His curiosity in inflammatory diseases lead him to wonder how bacteria in our gut drive our normally protective immune system to a self-destructive force. Pradeep will be taking his expertise in arthritis and inflammation to Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital during his Fulbright year.

His Fulbright experience will allow him to learn new skill sets in microbiology and exchange his knowledge with new colleagues. He hopes to identify which bacteria in our gut can be altered to treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease. Pradeep will also be taking time out from the lab to pursue his hobbies in public speaking and outreach as well as American sports. 

Sarah Sharp

Sarah Sharp

Scottish Studies Award, University of South Carolina - Scottish Studies

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Sarah Sharp

Sarah Sharp

Scottish Studies Award, University of South Carolina - Scottish Studies

Sarah Sharp is a researcher in nineteenth-century Scottish literature and life writing, and holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She is currently a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Otago’s Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies in New Zealand. 

During her time as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of South Carolina, Sarah will be researching Scottish migrant’s experiences of loss and bereavement in the United States. The US was the single most popular destination for Scottish migrants during the nineteenth-century and many of these new Americans found themselves burying loved ones far from home. Sarah’s work traces the legacy of these experiences in the literature and life writing of the period.

USC’s extensive Scottish archives and internationally acknowledged prominence in Scottish Studies makes it an ideal base for Sarah’s research into the Scottish-American experience. Having grown up reading authors like Maya Angelou and Carson McCullers, Sarah is also excited to experience the culture of the American South first hand and, of course, to try South Carolina’s famous barbecue.

Kirsteen Shields

Kirsteen Shields

Royal Society of Edinburgh Award, University of California, Berkeley - Law

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Kirsteen Shields

Kirsteen Shields

Royal Society of Edinburgh Award, University of California, Berkeley - Law

Dr Kirsteen Shields is a lecturer in law at the University of Dundee. She has a PhD from the University of London, a Masters in Human Rights from the European Inter-University Centre, Italy, and an LLB Honours in Law with French from the University of Glasgow.

She has published on international human rights law and non-state compliance, European human rights law, and Scottish land reform. She was the first Academic Fellow to the Scottish Parliament research centre (SPICe) in 2016 and was elected co-chair of the human-rights interest group at the American Society of International Law in 2016-2018. 

Roger Thompson

Roger Thompson

British Heart Foundation Award, Stanford University - Medicine

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Roger Thompson

Roger Thompson

British Heart Foundation Award, Stanford University - Medicine

Roger Thompson is a respiratory clinician scientist based at the University of Sheffield. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2002, moving to Sheffield in 2006 to take up a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship.

In 2012, he completed a MRC-funded PhD having studied how cellular oxygen sensors influence inflammatory responses. Working in Sheffield, he developed a specialist clinical interest in pulmonary hypertension, a devastating condition characterised by progressive remodelling of blood vessels in the lung that leads to heart failure and death.

To build a deeper understanding of the processes controlling blood vessel remodelling and develop international collaborations to help treat pulmonary hypertension, Roger will work with Professor Marlene Rabinovitch at Stanford University, a laboratory at the forefront of research into this disease. Roger will explore how lung cells sense and respond to damage and hopes that this approach will identify new treatments that stop or reverse blood vessel remodelling in pulmonary hypertension. 

James West

James West

Elon University Award, Visiting Researcher and Lecturer - History

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James West

James West

Elon University Award, Visiting Researcher and Lecturer - History

James West is a historian based at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on African American cultural and intellectual history post World War II, with a particular interest in black print culture.

He received his PhD in American Studies from the University of Manchester, where his research was funded by the AHRC and the President’s Doctoral Scholar Award.

At Elon, James will be teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as conducting research for a new project exploring the transnational impact of African American popular culture in the 1970s. With a love for the outdoors instilled by his forester father, James is also looking forward to exploring Shenandoah and the Appalachian Trail. 

Ann Gallagher

Ann Gallagher

Scholar in Residence, Tuskegee University - Ethics

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Ann Gallagher

Ann Gallagher

Scholar in Residence, Tuskegee University - Ethics

The aims of Ann's Fulbright grant period are threefold: to research cross-cultural philosophical perspectives on ethics and elder care; to investigate innovative approaches to the practice of elder care; and to explore approaches to ethics education for the care workforce.

Ann is Professor of Ethics and Care at the University of Surrey. She began her professional career as a nurse in Belfast and went on to study applied ethics. Her PhD topic was 'Virtue Ethics in Professional Education' . Ann's recent research has related to: ethics education in social care, professionalism, ethical aspects of professional regulation and dignity in care. She is Editor of the  journal 'Nursing Ethics' which is hosted by the International Care Ethics Observatory, University of Surrey. Ann was drawn to the bioethics centre at the University of Tuskegee because of its reputation for innovative inter-disciplinary bioethics scholarship and research.

Promoting and sustaining ethical elder care is one of the most pressing global challenges given demographic changes. The award of a Fulbright Scholarship raises the profile, and highlights the importance, of this research topic. It is anticipated that the Fulbright grant will facilitate engagement with US and international scholars with a view to generating and sharing new insights. Ultimately, it is hoped that learning gained will contribute to the development of ethics in elder care and contribute to Ann's profile as a leader in the field.