Fifteen Faculty Win Fulbright Fellowships Outstanding Foreign Scholars Choose CUNY For Their Research

Fifteen outstanding scholars have been honored with Fulbright Fellowships at The City University of New York, including seven CUNY faculty who will teach and conduct research abroad and eight Fellows from distinguished foreign universities who have selected CUNY to pursue their research and teaching in New York City.

Their topics are as diverse as the countries they are visiting and coming from. They include Ottoman Pro-Natal Policy in Turkey; comparing politics in Indonesia and the U.S.; teaching American philosophy in China; conversion to Islam in the Middle Ages in Tunisia; and women’s voices in Indian-American literature, among many other topics.

The Fulbright Scholars Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, with additional funding from participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars is a private, non-profit organization that manages Fulbright scholar exchanges. Final selections are made by the presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which also formulates policy for the program.

“The Fulbright Board’s recognition of outstanding research and teaching by CUNY faculty, and the choice by foreign scholars to conduct their research at CUNY represent a welcome affirmation of the University’s excellence,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

Faculty winners include:

  • Carolle Charles, Associate Professor of Sociology at Baruch College. She will lecture on and research “Social Movements, Gender and Empowerment” at the Latin American School of Social Sciences, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic during the Spring semester.
  • Karen M. Kern, Assistant Professor of History at Hunter College. She is conducting research on “Ottoman Pro-Natal Policy and the Rise of Nation-State Ideology” at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Daniel Fuchs, Professor Emeritus of English, at The College of Staten Island. He is lecturing on American literature at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.
  • Stefano M. Harney, Assistant Professor of Sociology at The College of Staten Island. He is lecturing and conducting research on “Politics and Public Administration: a Comparative Perspective on Indonesia and the United States” at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • Peter P. Simpson, Professor of Philosophy at The College of Staten Island. He is lecturing on “Contemporary American Political and Moral Philosophy: Nature, Sources and Prospects” at the People’s (Renmin) University of China, Beijing, China.
  • Afrodesia Egyptia McCannon, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Queens College. She is lecturing on and researching “19th Century American Ethnicities: Narratives of Christian Conversion to Islam in the Middle Ages” at the University of Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Ronald Waterbury, Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Queens College. He is lecturing on establishment of an undergraduate anthropology program at Southeast Regional University, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Foreign scholars coming to The City University of New York include:

  • Boris A. Roguinski, Assistant Lecturer of Aesthetics at Russian State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg, Russia. He is researching “People and Puppets in Hitchcock: Towards an Aesthetics of Ontological Doubt” at Brooklyn College.
  • Sandrine Luce Gropp, Librarian in the Department of Law and Political Science at the University Library of Paris (Parthone-Sorbonne), Paris, France. She conducted research on “User Education in American University Libraries: Achievements and Stakes” at City College this fall.
  • Kornelia Tischler, University Assistant in the Department of Educational Programs at the University of Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria. She is researching “Unity in Diversity: Dialectics of Equity and Excellence in School Support of Gifted Students” at City College.
  • Shakuntala Indru Bharvani, Head of the Department of English, Government Law College, Churchgate, Mumbai, India. She is lecturing on “Indian American Literature: Women’s Voices” at the CUNY Graduate Center for the fall semester.
  • Olga Borisovna Manoulkina, teacher in the History of Western Music at St. Petersburg State Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia. She will research “20th Century Music in the United States during the spring and summer semesters.
  • Grzegorz Hubert Niziolek, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Theory of Theater at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. He is researching “Drama Theory and Drama Department” at the CUNY Graduate Center.
  • Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, Research Coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel. She is researching “Narrative Constructions of Health and Illness in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Patients and Healthy Adult Stories” at the CUNY Graduate Center.
  • Ibrahim Cerrah, Lecturer for the Turkish National Police, Police Academy, Ankara, Turkey. He is conducting research on “The Training and Deployment of Riot Police Units of the New York City Police Department ” at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Eight hundred U.S. faculty and professionals received Fulbright grants for 2001-2002. A similar number of visiting scholars received awards to come to the United States primarily as researchers. The current Fulbright Scholars join the approximately 82,000 U.S. and foreign scholars who have participated in the program since its inception in 1986.