During the 2005-2006 academic year, two Columbia University professors have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants to do research abroad. Meanwhile, Columbia is hosting 15 Fulbright scholars from a variety of countries as well as two Canada-U.S. Fulbright Fellows.
Silvia Amesty, an assistant professor in Columbia's Center for Family Medicine, is currently a Fulbright Scholar affiliated with the program in health and human rights at the University of Costa Rica, where she will remain until next June.
Casey Nelson Blake, a professor in Columbia's Department of History, will use his Fulbright scholarship to lecture on American cultural criticism at the University of Rome III, from February to May.
Among the Fulbrighters who are resident at Columbia this year are two Chinese researchers and one from Latin America: Deng Jo-ling, a staffer in the Taiwanese president's office, who is researching government and the news media in the United States and Taiwan; Yuejin Jing, a professor at Renmin University in Beijing, doing a project on self-governance in Chinese villages; and Marcos Novaro, a political scientist from Buenos Aires who beginning in January will be examining two decades of human rights claims in Argentina (1983-2003).
The visiting group also includes one Israeli: Nadav Davidovitch of Ben-Gurion University, who is researching health policies for migrant workers.
The rest of this year's Fulbright cohort at Columbia are from various European institutions:
- Nicolas Michel Boian Guilhot, Museum of Man, France: "U.S. Cultural Diplomacy and European Scientific Networks."
- Ernest Gyidel, Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukraine: "Whites and Secessionist Movements in South Russian Post-imperial Space."
- Jetish Jashari, Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, Kosovo: "United Nations Field Mission and Legal Reform in Kosovo."
- Mart Kalm, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia: "The Nation State and National Identity in Architecture."
- Ioanna Laliotou, University of Thessaly, Greece: "The Future of History."
- Werner Wintersteiner, Klagenfurt University of Educational Sciences, Austria: "Peace Education Centers as Tools for Peace Education."
- Alexander Antonovskiy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia: "Constructive Reception of Natural Sciences."
- Anne Barron, London School of Economics, United Kingdom: "Understanding Copyright."
- Vadim Chaly, Kaliningrad State University, Russia: "Modern Kantian Studies in the United States and Russia. "
- Annelien M.R. De Dijn, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium: "Aristocratic Liberalism in Modern Europe."
- Tamara Galeyeva, Urals State University, Russia: "The Works of Russian Emigrant Artists in the United States from 1920-1940."
Two Canada-US Fulbright awardees are on their way to Columbia: Carmela Murdocca, a doctoral candidate in sociology and equity studies at the University of Toronto, and Anjali Nayar, who recently received an M.Sc. in environmental management at the University of Oxford.
Murdocca will pursue research on the relationship between race, criminal sentencing and nationalism at Columbia's Center for the Study of Law and Culture. Nayar will attend Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism for a project that aims to increase cross-disciplinary understanding between scientists and journalists on the Earth's climate problems.