Last week, three scholars in humanities and social sciences at the University of California, Riverside were awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar fellowships.
The scholars include Heidi Brevik-Zender, associate professor of French and comparative literature, Derick Fay, associate professor of anthropology, and Ajay Verghese, assistant professor of political science.
The fellowships will support their research on the role of women in 19th century French architecture, the relationships between conservation, law, and resource rights in South Africa, and whether increasing socioeconomic development is causing a decline in religiosity in India, respectively.
In 2017-18, Brevik-Zender will be a visiting professor at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where she will do research for a book project exposing the role of women in 19th century French architecture.
Fay plans to return to South Africa, where he has conducted extensive field studies since 1998. As a Fulbright scholar, he will investigate the relationships between conservation, law, and resource rights represented in the 2012 trial of three fishermen arrested in the Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve.
Verghese, a political scientist, will spend a year in India determining whether increasing socio-economic development is causing a decline in religious belief but an increase in religious practice, a form of secularization that is distinct from the Western world.
Established by legislation in 1946, the Fulbright Program is considered the leading international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Its goal is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries. Each year, it awards nearly 8,000 new grants. It is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Today the program operates in more than 150 nations.