About the Fulbright
The Fulbright Scholars Program takes its name from Senator J. William Fulbright (1905-1995), who proposed the legislation that would create an international exchange program for scholars. It operates under the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State. The first U.S. participants in the Fulbright Program went overseas in 1948, buoyed by America's post-WWII commitment to building international relations and funded by war reparations and foreign loan repayments to the United States. Today, as the Fulbright Scholars Program marks 70 years of success, more than 250,000 Fulbright students, scholars and teachers have made enriched their home countries and their destination countries with what they've taught and what they've learned.
Some Recent A&S Fulbright Scholars:
Associate Professor Cristina Bradatan specializes in how humans and the environment interact with and affect one another. Her classes in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work are related to population and environment, international migration and social inequality; and she also a faculty member in the Climate Science Center. A Fulbright Scholar for the 2017-18 academic year, Bradatan will travel to Romania for a real-world study on how three rural communities are adapting different strategies to deal with climate change. Her goal is to understand what makes people cooperate when faced with environmental problems.
Associate Professor Yuan Shu is passionate about building a connection between the United States and Southeast Asia. He is director of Texas Tech University's Asian Studies program in the Department of English. A Fulbright Scholar for the 2017-18 academic year, Shu will teach transnational American studies as a graduate seminar at the National University of Singapore. He also will investigate how the relationship between democracy/human rights and Asian values has evolved in Singaporean literature and culture through the framework of transnational American studies. Ultimately, He wants to bring more scholars in Southeast Asia into the conversation of transnational American studies and hopes to co-sponsor a symposium and then co-edit a volume of essays on 'Southeast Asia and Transnational American Studies' with Singaporean and American scholars.
Assistant Professor Paul Bjerk specializes in African History in the Department of History. He was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar from Sept. 2015 to July 2016 at the University of Iringa in Iringa, Tanzania. The title of Dr. Bjerk's Lecturing/Research Project was "Melding Milk and Iron in Nyerere's Tanzania: The Persistence of Ideas in State Policy."
Horn Professor Sankar Chatterjee specializes in Vertebrate Paleontology in the Department of Geosciences. He also is Curator of Paleontology and Director of the Antarctic Research Center at the Museum of Texas Tech University. He was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar from Dec. 2014 to August 2015 at Visva-Bharati University in Bolpur, India. The title of Dr. Chatterjee's Lecturing/Research Project was "The Making of a Natural History Museum and Investigating the Causes of Dinosaur Extinction Host Institution."
Associate Research Professor Rich Rice specializes in Digital Communication & Media/Multimedia in the Department of English's Technical Communication & Rhetoric Division. He was a U.S. Fulbright-Nehru Scholar from July 2014 to Nov. 2014 at the University of Delhi in Delhi, India. The title of Dr. Rice's Lecturing/Research Project was "Shifting Programmatic Studies in US-India English/Communication and Study Abroad Programs."
Professor John Poch is a poet and occasional fiction writer who specializes in American Literature in the Department of English. He was a U.S. Scholar from Feb. 2014 to May 2014 at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. The title of Dr. Poch's Lecturing Project was "American Poetry: Aesthetics, Forms, and Functions."
Associate Professor David Lektzian conducts research on the origin and outcome of economic and military conflict, and is Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science. He was a U.S. Scholar from Jan. 2014 to July 2014 at Vilnius University in Vilnius, Lithuania. the title of Dr. Lektzian's Lecturing/Research Project was "Interdependence, Sanctions, and Militarized Conflict."
Professor Paul Pare is a Biochemist with particular interest in plant beneficial-microbe interactions, plant metabolomics, and marine natural-product chemistry. He works in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. He was a U.S. Scholar from Jan. 2014 to May 2014 at the University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The title of Dr. Pare's Research Project was "Augmenting Iron Assimilation in Cassava via Brazilian Soil Microbes."
Associate Professor Andreas Schneider specializes in Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work. He was a U.S. Scholar from Oct. 2012 to April 2013 at Burapha University in Chonburi, Thailand. The title of Dr. Schneider's Lecturing/Research Project was "Social Support in Pain Management: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Social Problems." Read Dr. Schneider's blog entry about his Fulbright experience by following this link.
Associate Professor Ron Milam specializes in the history of the United States, the Vietnam War, and the Military in the Department of History. He was a U.S. Scholar from Jan. 2012 to June 2012 at the Ho Chi Minh University of the Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. the title of Dr. Milam's Lecturing Project was "America's Historical Role in International Relations."
Associate Professor Mark McGinley specializes in Ecology and Science Education in the Department of Biological Sciences and also serves as Associate Professor in the Honors College. He was a U.S. Scholar from June 2010 to March 2011 at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. the title of Dr. McGinley's Lecturing/Research Project was "Ecological and Environmental Education in Malaysia."
A&S' Visiting Fulbright Scholars
Associate Professor Itamar Borges specializes in Physical Chemistry at the Military Institute of Engineering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a Visiting Scholar 9/2012-12/2012 in TTU's Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, working with TTU faculty associate Dr. William Hase. The title of Dr. Borges' Lecturing/Research Project was "State of the Art Ab Initio Modeling: Photovoltaic Processes in Biomimetric and Oligomer Materials."