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Last modified: Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Indiana University faculty members named Fulbright Scholars

Oct. 14, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Eleven Indiana University faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars for 2008-09, enabling them to lecture and conduct research in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.

Two of the 11 received Fulbright Distinguished Chair awards. Christopher Irving Beckwith, professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at IU Bloomington, was named the University of Vienna Chair at the University of Vienna in Austria. Gerard Nicholas Magliocca, professor at the IU School of Law--Indianapolis, is the Roosevelt-Dow Distinguished Research Chair of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, Netherlands.

The IU Fulbright Scholars include five faculty members from IU Bloomington, two each from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and one each from IU East and IU Southeast.

"The selection of 11 faculty members as Fulbright Scholars is testament to both the excellence and the global reach of scholarship and research at Indiana University," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "All of us at IU are proud of their achievements, and we hope their overseas experiences will prove to be enriching and productive."

The Fulbright Program, administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, is the flagship international education program sponsored by the U.S. government. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, it currently operates in 155 countries. It awards approximately 6,000 Fulbright grants each year to scholars, students, teachers, artists, writers and professionals.

The Indiana University Fulbright Scholars, their research or lectureship titles and locations, include:

IU Bloomington

  • Christopher Irving Beckwith, professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies; distinguished lectureship: Medieval Central Eurasia and European Civilization. University of Vienna; Vienna, Austria.
  • Shane L. Green, assistant professor, Department of Anthropology; lecturing and research: investigating Afro-Indigenous Multiculturalism in Peru. National University of San Marcos; Lima, Peru.
  • Bill Johnston, associate professor and director, Department of Second Language Studies and Polish Studies Center; research: "From Mary to Jesus: Ethnography of an Evangelical Mission Language School in Poland." Jagiellonian University; Krakow, Poland.
  • Scott S. Kennedy, associate professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; research: Mandarins "Playing Capitalist Games: How China is Reshaping Global Economic Regimes." Peking University; Beijing, China.
  • Chen Zhu, associate professor, Department of Geological Sciences; research: Kinetics of Geochemical Reactions and Applications to Geological Carbon Sequestration. University of Oslo; Oslo, Norway.

IU East

  • Joanne E. Passet, professor and director, Humanities and Fine Arts Division, Department of History; lecturing: American Social History; Library Development. Nha Trang University; Nha Trang, Vietnam.


  • Sheena Choi, associate research professor, Department of Educational Studies, School of Education; research: "Multicultural Korea: Changing Demographics and Challenges for Education." Chonnam National University; Kwangju, Korea.
  • Any G. Nitza, assistant professor and director, Department of Professional Studies, School of Education; lecturing and research: "Expanding the Use of Group Counseling Practices in Botswana: Advancing a Culturally Relevant Response to the Social Demands of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic." University of Botswana; Gaborone, Botswana.


  • Charles D. Gondola, associate professor, Department of History; research: Tropical Cowboys: The Young Bills of Colonial Kinshasa and the Politics of Masculinity. University of Kinshasa; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Gerard Nicholas Magliocca, professor, IU School of Law--Indianapolis; distinguished lecturing and research: Huey P. Long and the Rebirth of Freedom. The Roosevelt Study Center; Middelburg, Netherlands.

IU Southeast

  • James Edward Hollenbeck, associate professor and coordinator, School of Education; lecturing and research: "The Effect of Integration of Constructivist Teaching Methodology in Bulgarian Secondary Science Education." Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski; Sofia, Bulgaria.