Bruce B Svare
Bruce was a two-time Fulbright Senior Scholar to Thailand (2006-2007; 2014-2015) and is a recent ASEAN Fulbright Research Award recipient (2022). He is a lifetime member of the Fulbright Alumni Association. His Fulbright work focusses on spreading the discipline of contemporary psychology, assisting faculty with curriculum development and scholarly publishing, researching psychology infrastructure in higher education, and assessing mental health care systems and ASEAN’s critical need to train more professional psychologists. Bruce is professor emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at the State University of New York at Albany and has also held visiting appointments at a number of leading Asian institutions. He has extensive publishing and editing experience in the fields of behavioral neuroscience, sports reform and international education. He has received research grants from NSF, NIDA, NIMH, NIA and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
Kevin F. F. Quigley
Kevin was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Thailand and Laos in 2007, and was a FSS again in Thailand in 2022, and is a life member of the Fulbright Alumni Association. He has broad, innovative, results-oriented leadership experiences in mission-oriented institutions. These include president of Marlboro College, president of the National Peace Corps Association, executive director of the Global Alliance for Workers and Communities and director of public policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts. Kevin has done extensive teaching and publishing as an academic practitioner. At NPCA for nearly a decade, he was the publisher of Worldview, the magazine for the Peace Corps community. Kevin has served on the boards of the American University of Afghanistan, the American University of Nigeria, Parami University in Myanmar and Swarthmore College.
Melanie C. Brooks
Melanie was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Mindanao, Philippines in 2015. For her Fulbright project, she investigated how school leaders influence school structures, policies, and practices related to social justice, religion, and faith identity. Melanie taught at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro and assisted Filipino PK-12 educators to integrate research into their teaching. She also supported university faculty by providing professional development related to qualitative research methodology. Currently a Senior Lecturer of Educational Leadership at Monash University in Australia, Melanie is author of Education and Muslim Identity During a Time of Tension: Inside an American Islamic School (2019, Routledge). She has written numerous peer reviewed articles and led edited monographs and special issues of journals on topics related to race, faith, and social justice in education. Along with preparing future school leaders and teachers, Melanie is currently leading the development of a documentary film about Islamic schooling in Indonesia and Australia, funded by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has worked at several universities throughout the United States and was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer to Thailand.
Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo
Raymond was a visiting Australian Fulbright scholar at Rutgers University’s School of Criminal Justice and Palo Alto Research Center in 2009. His Fulbright work focusses on identifying emerging cyberthreats, predicting which targets are likely to carry greatest risk, and developing responses that will neutralize cybercrime opportunities before they arise. He currently holds the Cloud Technology Endowed Professorship at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Since joining UTSA in Fall 2016, he has received funding from NASA, NSA, NSF, U.S. DoD, CPS Energy, LGS Innovations, and Texas National Security Network Excellence Fund. He is also the founding co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM Distributed Ledger Technologies: Research & Practice, founding Chair of IEEE TEMS Technical Committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies, ACM Distinguished Speaker and IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor, and a Web of Science’s Highly Cited Researcher in the field of Cross-Field – 2020.
JohnBosco Chika Chukwuorji
JohnBosco was a Fulbright Junior Scholar to the United States of America (2019-2020) and a member of the Fulbright Alumni Association. As a volunteer for Happy World Foundation, he has been involved in educating American children and youth about the culture and people of Nigeria through the Global Connect database. JohnBosco is an Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Clinical/Health Psychology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also serves as Editor of the Nigerian Journal of Psychological Research, in addition to other editorial positions in some reputable journals. He is listed in top 500 authors in all research fields by scholarly output (see SciVal – Elsevier Authors Ranking of Nigerian Authors 2020) and received the Global Peer Reviewer Award 2019 (Top 1% in Psychiatry and Psychology) through Web of Science and Clarivate Analytics (Thompson Reuters).
Steven has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia and is professor emeritus of Linguistics and Education at Rutgers University. He has had three Fulbrights; to India, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. In India, he taught Technical Writing at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) New Delhi. In Uzbekistan, he taught Management at the Tashkent Financial Institute and prepared a textbook. In Ukraine, he taught English for Management at the Institute of Linguistics & Management, as well as creative writing at Shevchenko University. Darian has lived and worked and studied in six other countries. He is currently Editorial Director for a small publishing house in NY and has edited over a hundred book manuscripts. He has written more than a dozen books, in every genre. In addition to a travel book about the Ganges River and a historical novel set in Samarkand in the time of Tamerlane, these books include: The China Business Reader, Understanding the Language of Science, The Role of Religion in Just About Everything, Technique in Nonfiction, The Illuminator, and The Wanderer: Travels & Adventures Beyond the Pale.
Serena was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in 2019. Her research, developed at Columbia University in New York City, focused on mathematical analysis and specifically on models for long-range phase coexistence and their connections with relevant geometric objects called nonlocal minimal surfaces. The outcome of this research consisted in the discovery of a new phenomenon of nonlocal minimal surfaces which has been called “stickiness”. After her PhD in Mathematical Analysis at SISSA Trieste (Italy) in 2012, Serena held Postdoctoral positions at the Universidad de Chile and the University of Edinburgh, a Humboldt Fellowship in Germany and permanent positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Milan. Also, she visited several top institutions around the world. Today Serena is professor at the University of Western Australia and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Santoshi Halder, is a professor, at the Department of Education, University of Calcutta, India. She has a Post-graduation in Education and Ph.D. in Applied Psychology. She is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst (BACB, USA) and is also Special Educator licensure (Rehabilitation Council of India, RCI). She has been actively involved internationally and nationally in multifarious ways for the inclusion of people with diversities primarily through various academic and research endeavors since 2000. She has been an international fellow and recipient of various prestigious competitive international awards; Shastri-Indo-Canadian Fellow (2022), Fulbright Academic and Professional Excellence Fellow, USA (2020), Rockefeller Fellow, Italy (2019), Japan Society for Promotion of Science/ JSPS fellow, (2019), Endeavour Australia-India Education Council Research Fellow, Australia (2015-2016), Endeavour Awards Ambassador (2018) and Fulbright Nehru Senior Research Fellow, USA (2011–2012). She received the Governor’s Medal (West Bengal, India) in 2001 for her contribution to the community and people as a National Cadet Corps (N.C.C). She has completed 6 International and 4 national projects. Nine Ph.D.’s and eighteen M. Phil Dissertations have been successfully awarded under her supervision. She has published four international books on inclusion and one book on Educational Technology and is currently engaged with various international projects.
Fidel de la Cruz Hernández Hernández
Fidel was a Fulbright Invited Scholar (2017-2018) at Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department (University of California Irvine, USA) doing research at the Dr. Anthony James laboratory. He earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and has a M.Sc. degree in Genetics at Center for Research and Advanced Studies at Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV), Mexico. He attended specialized courses in Molecular Parasitology at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, MaA and the Biology of Disease Vectors (Arthropods that transmit diseases) at Colorado State University. Currently, he is Professor at Infectomics and Molecular Pathogenesis Department at CINVESTAV (México). He collaborates in research and academic projects with the National Institutes of Health of México and Simon Bolivar University, México. Currently, he is conducting a research group with under- and graduate- students with the aim to study “Neglected diseases,” discover mechanisms of immunology of mosquitoes and better understand their relationship with pathogens they transmit (such as malaria and Dengue). In addition, the group is investigating the basic biology of the prickly pear cochineal, the insect producer of carmine, pigment discovered by pre-Columbian cultures in America and that is used, even today for stain used in many products, including foods, fabrics, drugs, etc.
Iunio was a Fulbright Scholar to the United States (2014-2016) at Stanford University. He is a lifetime member of the Fulbright Alumni Association. His Fulbright work focusses on collaborative research on resilience of communities to natural disasters (i.e., modelling the recovery of civil infrastructure systems) and, in particular, due to major seismic sequences. Iunio is professor of earthquake engineering and structural dynamics at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy) where he coordinates the Ph.D. program in Structural & Geotechnical Engineering and Seismic Risk. He also is fellow alumnus of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science and has been visiting professor at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto. He has extensive publishing and editorial experience in the fields of earthquake engineering and civil infrastructure. He has received research grants from public and private institutions, such as, the European Commission, AXA Research Fund, Italian Ministry for Research, and others.
Kirti Kusum Joshi
Kirti Kusum Joshi was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2014. His Fulbright research focused on the dynamics of urban sprawl. He has also been a postdoctoral research fellow at Tohoku University, Japan and a visiting scholar (ASIA Fellow) at University of Indonesia, Indonesia. He earned Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Tohoku University, Japan in 2007. Kirti is actively engaged in professional practice, teaching, and research in field of urban and regional planning, public policy, infrastructure planning, urban economics, and urban resilience. He has over two decades of professional experience working with state and bilateral agencies as a consultant. He is a visiting faculty at Tribhuvan University Institute of Engineering and Kathmandu University School of Management. He has published papers in leading international journals and more recently co-authored Traffic Congestion and Land Use Regulations: Theory and Policy Analysis (Elsevier). Kirti was unanimously elected as the President of Fulbright Alumni Association of Nepal for two consecutive terms (2019-2021 and 2021-2023).
Aurelian Muntean was Fulbright Senior Scholar to Columbia University, NYC, in 2012-2013. He worked on varieties of capitalism in Eastern Europe and on electoral clientelism in elections from Romania. He is associate professor of political science and sociology at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest. He is director of the MA Program in Labour Studies, which is member in the European Master in Labour Studies Network. He is vice-president of the Romanian Sociologists Society, the largest Romanian professional association in sociology. He published a book on quantitative and qualitative methods (Cluj University Press, 2022). He also published chapters in many edited volumes, and articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Electoral Studies, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Government and Opposition, Europe-Asia Studies, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal for the Study of Religion and Ideologies, Social Change Review. He was coordinator or member in research projects on topics such as social dialogue, social inequalities, electoral clientelism, parties and democratic representation, civic participation, varieties of capitalism, or church-state relations.
María Gabriela Paraje
Gabriela was a Fulbright Scholar (2018/2019) at John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS, Harvard University, USA). She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry Sciences from the National University of Córdoba (UNC), and has a degree in Pharmacy and in Biochemistry. She has completed postdoctoral studies at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Currently, she is Senior Professor of Microbiology at the Faculty of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences and is member of the Research Career of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Argentina). She has an agreement for academic, scientific and cultural cooperation with Weitz Lab of SEAS. She is currently participating in two International Networks for Research. One of these is with the European Cooperation in Science and Technology in the consortium to project Protection, resilience, and rehabilitation of damaged environments. The other is with the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability at the UPC.
Tarık Tansu Yiğit
Tansu was a Fulbright Researcher at Harvard University (2017-18). He received his Ph.D. degree from Bilkent University, US History Program, and currently serves as an assistant professor at Başkent University, Department of American Culture and Literature (Ankara, Turkey). Tansu’s Fulbright research focused on the transnational aspects of the US Civil War Era and the psychological/financial forces of the post-war reconciliation between the former foes. He also worked for the Turkish Fulbright Commission as an educational adviser and contributed to the widely acclaimed digital exhibition celebrating the Commission’s seventh decade. In this capacity, he collaborated with the representatives of the American institutions and supervised the Turkish grantees of various levels, which carried his Fulbright experience (and ideals) beyond the limits of his research. Having extensive experience in travel publishing, Yigit received grants from public and private institutions, such as the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. His areas of interest include US history, Turkish-American relations, travel writing, history of daily life, and memory studies.
Associate Professor Aiden Warren is a Fulbright Scholar in Australia-United States Alliance Studies, sponsored by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT). He completed his Fulbright at the Arms Control Association in Washington DC investigating the United States’ nuclear modernization plans and the impact this will have on global security. He is an Associate Professor in RMIT University’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Aiden’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of International Security, US national security and foreign policy, US Politics (ideas, institutions, contemporary and historical), International Relations (especially great power politics), issues associated with Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferation, non-proliferation and arms control and emerging technologies. He is the sole author of The Obama Administration’s Nuclear Weapon Strategy: The Promises of Prague and Prevention; Pre-emption and the Nuclear Option: From Bush to Obama; and co-author of Governing the Use-Of-Force in International Relations, Presidential Doctrines, and Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Search for Global Security, and US Foreign Policy and China. Aiden is also Editor of Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century (Edinburgh University Press), Nuclear Modernization in the 21st Century (Routledge), and is also the Series Editor of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) book series with Rowman and Littlefield, New York, NY.
Erika J. Waters
Erika J. Waters, Ph.D. was a Fulbright Scholar to Finland in 2005. She is Professor Emeritus from the University of the Virgin Islands with degrees from the University of New Mexico and New York University. Her specialty is postcolonial women’s literature, and her research on early Caribbean women writers was funded by the Tulsa Center for the Study of Women’s Literature and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She founded and edited the literary journal, The Caribbean Writer, for 17 years as well as edited collections of poetry, fiction, drama, and literary criticism. She’s written historical books on the Virgin Islands, Florida, and Maine as well as articles for national websites and magazines, including Ms. Magazine and the Chronicle of Higher Education; for two years, she co-hosted a podcast, Cool Dead Women. She’s a past president of the Fulbright Association, Maine Chapter, and was a founding member of the Fulbright Association in Maine.