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Past Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awardees

2022-23 Academic Year

Orou Gaoue
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Catherine Luther

Neelam Poudyal

Adam Taylor

Kimberly Wolbers
Teacher education

2021-22 Academic Year

Melissa Cardon

David Fox

Ruben Madriz Villanueva
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Research: Understanding Insect Endemism in Southern Patagonia
Host Institution: Instituto Antartico Chileno, Chile

Kelli Wood
Art History

2019-20 Academic Year

Isabel Munoz
Department of Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Research: Where do they go? Urban Development, Displacement and (Im)mobilities in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Host Institution: University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lois Presser
Department of Sociology
Research: Narrative Criminology: Theory and Methods
Host: University of Tampere, Finland

Chien-fei Chen
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research: When East Meets West: An Interdisciplinary and Cross-cultural Research on Energy Justice and Renewable Technology Adoption for Future Smart Communities
Host: China University of Geosciences, China

2018-19 Academic Year

Denita Hadziabdic
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Research: Conservation of Indigenous Species Native to West Africa
Host: University of Ghana

Seong-Hoon Cho
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Research: Payments for Forest Carbon Storage that Optimize Risk-Reward Trade-Offs Under Climate Uncertainty in South Korea
Host: Korea University, Korea

Loneka Wilkinson
Department of Music Education
Research: A Study of Coco de Roda in Pernambuco, Brazil
Host: Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil

Steven Oberman
College of Law
Research: Learning Effective American Trial Advocacy Skills and Overview of the Constitutional Rights of Citizens Accused of Crimes
Host: The University of Latvia, Latvia

2017-18 Academic Year

Tricia Redeker Hepner
Department of Anthropology
Research: New Eritrean Refugees, Human Rights, and the Politics of Refugee Migration
Host: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Elizabeth Teston
School of Interior Design
Research: Romania: An Interior Urbanism of Space, Politics and Culture
Host: Ion Mincu University of Architecture, Romania

Mark Hulsether
Department of Religious and American Studies
Research: Listening for More: Spirituality and Cultural Critique in American Popular Music
Host: University of Albert, Canada

2016-17 Academic Year

Carol Tenopir
School of Information Sciences
Research: Information and Communication Technologies: Impact on Scholarly Communication
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Host: Hanken School of Economics, Finland

Micah Beck
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research: Advancing ITC Development Using Logistical Networking
Host: Strathmore University, Kenya

Sarah Eldridge
Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
Research: The Ins and Outs of Reading: Psychological Interiority and Travel in Eighteenth-Century Literature
Host: Technical University of Dresden, Germany

Songning Zhang
Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies
Research: Biomechanical Assessment of Lower Limbs Related to Functional Training in Osteoarthritis Patients
Host: National University of Rosario, Colombia

Krista Wiegand
Political Science
Research: Strategic Selection: Philippine Arbitration Against China in the South China Sea
Host: University of the Philippines–Diliman, Philippines

2015-16 Academic Year

Four of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s faculty members have been selected for Fulbright exchanges for 2015-16. For more information please read the following press release: Four Professors Named Fulbright Scholars for 2015-2016 Academic Year.

The six recipients are:

J. Patrick Biddix
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
Research: How college students learn, individually and within groups; the use of mobile technology inside and outside of the classroom
Concordia University, Canada

Joseph Bozell
Professor, UT’s Center for Renewable Carbon
Research: Catalyst design for sustainable production of chemicals and fuels from renewable feedstock
Ghent University, Belgium

Brad Collett
Assistant Professor, Plant Sciences
Lecturing: Low impact development as opportunities for a society in transition
University of Ljubjana, Slovenia

Darcy Denae
Associate Instructor, Department of Journalism and Electronic Media
Research: Female on the Frontline: Women Freelancers and News Production in Conflict Coverage
The Sunday Times, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Brendan McConville
Associate Professor, Music Theory and Composition
Lecturing and Research: Recent American compositional and analytical trends; collection of sound samples from locations of inspiration to the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio
Pescara, Italy

Marcy Souza
Assistant Professor, Veterinary Medicine
Fulbright Specialist Program
Andres Bello University, Santiago, Chile

2014-15 Academic Year

A group of five University of Tennessee faculty members were selected for Fulbright exchanges during the 2014-2015 academic year. For more information please read the following press release: UT Among Top in the Nation for Fulbright Scholars.

The five recipients were:

Barton, Benjamin
Professor, College of Law
Lecturing: Comparative law; comparative judicial behavior, highlighting the use of economics, psychology, and economic analysis to study judicial incentives
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Cohen-Vrignaud, Gerard
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Lecturing: Orientalism in literature and translation theory and practice
Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco

Jalata, Asafa
Professor, Department of Sociology
Lecturing and Research: The evolution of democracy in Botswana; the sociology of development
University of Botswana, Botswana

Krawczel, Peter

Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science
Research: Effects of establishing a dairy welfare assessment program
University of Osijek, Croatia

Su, Chunlei

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology
Research: Molecular epidemiology and population genetics of toxoplasmosis
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

2013-14 Academic Year

Fulbright Top Scholar Prodcuer 2013-2014 BadgeWith five faculty members selected for Fulbright exchanges during the 2013-2014 academic year, the University of Tennessee was one of the Fulbright Program’s “top producers” for 2013-14. UT ranked in the top ten of research universities for its number of current Fulbright recipients. For more information please read the following press release: UT Among Top in the Nation for Fulbright Scholars.

The five recipients were:

Costen, Wanda
Associate Professor, Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism
Lecturing and Research: Gender inequality in the Jamaican workplace: Uncovering the mechanisms limiting women’s workforce engagement & career mobility
University of the West Indies at Mona
September 2013–June 2014

Eldridge, Melanie
Research Associate, Environmental Sciences
Research: Molecular and Computational Analysis of Ecohazards of Nanotoxicological Materials
State University of Campinas, Brazil
May-August 2014

Frey, Richard
Professor and Director, Department of Sociology
Lecturing and Research: Pesticide Use Under Export-Focused Agricultural Production in Vietnam: Regulation, Risk Awareness, and Safety Practices
Vietnam National University, Vietnam
September 2013–June 2014

Klenk, Rebecca
Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Programs in Asian Studies, Global Studies and Women’s Studies
Lecturing: Anthropological Approaches to Gender, Development and Education in India and the United States
University of Delhi, India
January–June 2014

Young, Timothy
Professor, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
Lecturing and Research: Assessing Value-Added Bio-Based Products and Bioenergy in Austria for Effective Strategies in the USA
Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria
September 2013–January 2014

2012-13 Academic Year

For the 2012-2013 academic year, four University of Tennessee professors were awarded the honor of being Fulbright Scholars.

The four recipients were:

Commander, Michelle
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Lecturing and Research: Afro-Atlantic Speculative Fictions: Flight, Mythmaking, and the African Fantastic
University of Ghana
September 2012–May 2013

Fox, David
Professor, College of Architecture & Design
Lecturing and Research:
Krakow Polytechnic, Poland
January 2013–June 2013

Lowe, Sarah
Professor, School of Art
Lecturing and Research:
University of Oslo, Norway
September 2011–June 2012

Swan, Sam
Professor, School of Journalism and Electronic Media
University of Zagreb, Croatia
December 2012

2011-12 Academic Year

In the fall of 2010, five UT faculty members were notified that they had received a core Fulbright award for the academic year 2011-12. David Fox, Architecture, declined the award.

The four recipients were:

Chaffin, James Thomas Jr.
Research Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
Lecturing and Research: Giant’s Causeway: Frederic Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Shaping of American Freedom
University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland
January–February 2012

Freeberg, Todd M.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Lecturing: Animal Communication
Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia
February–June 2012

McKanders, Karla Mari
Associate Professor, Clinical Legal Education Department, College of Law
Lecturing: Comparative International Refugee Law and Practice
Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco
September 2011–June 2012

Phillips, Allison Denise
Assistant Professor, Department of History
Research: The Philosophical Farmer: Learned Knowledge and the Problem of Agricultural Productivity in Germany, 1750-1870
University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany
January–June 2012

In addition to the Core Fulbright awards, two UT faculty members were selected as senior Fulbright specialists to undertake a short-term project in a foreign country in 2012. The Fulbright Specialist Program, the US Department of State’s flagship international exchange program, links US academics and professionals to their counterparts around the world.

Davis, Cindy
Associate professor, College of Social Work, was named a senior Fulbright specialist. She spent June 25, 2012, through July 24, 2012, at two institutions in the Malaysian region of the Island of Borneo in the South China Sea.

Swan, Sam
Professor, School of Journalism and Electronic Media, was selected in the summer 2012 and asked to teach a two-week workshop on TV news reporting at the University of Zagreb in Croatia in December 2012.

2010-11 Academic Year

Feild, Taylor
Assitant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Sub-Saharan Africa

Gellert, Paul
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Lecturing and Research:
Paramadina University, Indonesia
August 2010–June 2011

Hodges, Donald G.
James R. Cox Professor, Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management
University of Ljubljana and the Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

Keffer, David
Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Director of the Sustainable Technology through Advanced Interdisciplinary Research (STAIR) program Research: Lecturing and Research:
Yonsei University, Korea
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