Washington University faculty receive Fulbrights

Jesse Vogler, assistant professor of landscape architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, will spend the spring 2016 semester traveling to Tbilisi, Georgia, thanks to a grant from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Five Washington University in St. Louis faculty members have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grants to study abroad during the 2015-16 academic year.

The grants were announced earlier this fall by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The five are among approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2015 and 2016.

The Washington University recipients are:

  • Petra Levin, PhD, professor of biology in Arts & Sciences. Levin is traveling to Amsterdam this month to lecture and conduct research on the physiological control of bacterial cell size. She will be working jointly with faculty at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and at FOM Institute AMOLF, a research facility associated with the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.
  • Timothy Parsons, PhD, professor of history and of African and African American Studies, both in Arts & Sciences. Based at the University of Liverpool in England, Parsons will research how imperial ideas and institutions originally developed in Africa have influenced local governance, community development, urban planning and law enforcement in metropolitan Britain after the end of empire.
  • Guillermo Rosas, PhD, associate professor of political science in Arts & Sciences. Rosas is pursuing a Fulbright this fall at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany, where he is exploring the question of why policymakers are only sometimes able to introduce significant regulatory overhauls following episodes of systemic bank insolvency, with a particular focus on the effects of electoral vulnerability on policy choice.
  • Jesse Vogler, assistant professor of landscape architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Beginning in January, Vogler will spend six months in Tbilisi, Georgia, to conduct research on the territorial and ideological landscapes of the sovkhoz, or the soviet state farm system. In addition, Vogler will teach a video-art course in the Free University of Tbilisi’s Art Department, which will explore ideas of nature in the post-socialist city.
  • Edythe E. Weeks, JD, PhD, an adjunct political science instructor in University College in Arts & Sciences. Weeks recently returned from the Omsk region of Siberia, Russia. She was in residence Oct. 14-Nov. 25 at Omsk F.M. Dostoevsky State University, where she lectured and conducted workshops on international relations, U.S. race and ethnic relations and other topics.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. Designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, it is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

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