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Geography and Fulbrights

Geography professors successful in using Fulbright Faculty Fellowships for overseas research

Posted: May 23, 2011
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The faculty of the Department of Geography and the Environment has a unique history of being successful in using fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program to do research in interesting places around the world.

Most recently, Dr. Leo Zonn has been in Croatia for the 2010-2011 academic year for his project “Viewing American Culture through Cinema and Other Contemporary Media.” He also taught at the University of Zagreb, which is the oldest (1669) and largest university in Southeast Europe.  His research project involved evaluating perceptions of the U.S. through the lenses of American popular culture—especially cinema—and with the ways national, local, and individual identities engage these images. 

In Fall, 2010. Dr. Paul Adams had a fellowship for his project “Nordic Identity in Online Discourses.”  His hosts were the University of Bergen Department of Infomedia and University of Helsinki Department of Geography. He examined the ways in which Norwegians and Finns perceive their involvement in social relations at various scales. This research is designed to enhance understanding of the European Union’s development and its potential to lay claim to feelings of attachment among citizens, thereby acting not just as an economic power but also as a political power.

In the academic year 2009-2010, Dr. Kelley Crews had a fellowship under the Africa Regional Research Program for her project “The Ecology of Rural HIV/AIDS: Forecasting HIV/AIDS Vulnerable Landscapes and Populations in the Okavango Delta, Botswana”. This work extended collaborative projects examining human-environment interactions with particular respect to environmental disturbance and livelihood.

In the academic year 2007-2008, Dr. Paul Hudson had a fellowship for "Flood Management and Environmental Change along the Rhine River, Netherlands," based in the Department of Physical Geography, Utrecht University, Netherlands. His research project addressed the extent to which flood management along the Rhine River in the Netherlands was influenced by environmental change, and how flood management influences geomorphic and hydrologic processes.

In the academic year 2005-2006, Dr. Gregory Knapp had a Fulbright-Hays fellowship to do research on the relationship of physical resources and barriers to population sustainability in Ecuador. His project was entitled "Water Management, Livelihoods and Landscapes in the Andes." His has shown how irrigation in mountain environments is associated with agricultural productivity.

 

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