Announcing the American Fulbright Scholars for 2017-18

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is proud to announce the American scholars from its 2017-18 cohort. During this academic cycle, 76 American scholars will be coming to the UK on exchange to study, lecture and/or research.

The scholars celebrated their success with a private question and answer session with Deputy Chief of Mission Mr Lewis Lukens, on Thursday, 7 September. This session was part of a 3-day welcome orientation to the UK where they participated in academic and cultural activities.

As part of their welcome orientation, scholars enjoyed an overview of the British parliamentary system at the Houses of Parliament, and speakers represented the Conservative, Labour and the Liberal Democrat parties, including Baroness Diana Warwick, former Fulbright Commissioner, Baroness Ruth Deech Fulbright alum, Lord Kirkhope and Baroness Susan Kramer. They also attended a lecture on “fake news” by Jonathan Freedland, hosted by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.

Fulbright remains the only organisation offering scholarships for study or research in any field, at any accredited institution in the US and UK. Scholars come from many geographic regions of the US, and their fields of study and their UK host institutions are equally diverse. While on exchange, the cohort puts into practice the Fulbright mission of fostering leadership, learning and understanding between cultures.

Among the recipients are:

  • Roman Baca is a classical ballet dancer who served in Fallujah, Iraq as a United States Marine. In 2007, he co-founded Exit12 Dance Company to tell veteran’s stories, choreographically, to heal the world. As a Fulbright-Trinity Laban Award postgraduate student he will pursue an MFA in Choreography at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
  • Geraldine Datuin graduated with a BA in Anthropology at the University of Guam. An experienced field-worker, Gera volunteered for AmeriCorps as a Forestry Aide, and has participated in archaeological excavations in the Philippines for the NGO Save the Ifugao Heritage Movement. Gera was previously employed as a policy analyst for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Guam. She is now pursuing a Masters Degree in Conservation and Biodiversity as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Exeter.
  • Seth Pollack is Professor of Service Learning, and the founding faculty director of the Service Learning Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay. Seth was honored with the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning, recognised as the nation’s outstanding faculty in the field of community service and civic engagement. In the UK, he will be working with the University of Brighton to strengthen its service learning and community partnership program, particularly with regard to issues of migration, economic recovery and multicultural community-building.
  • Dan L. Burk is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, where he was a founding member of the law faculty. An internationally prominent authority on issues related to high technology, he is perhaps best known for his work in the area of “cyberlaw,” where he has been a leading figure in the debates surrounding Internet jurisdiction, trespass to computers, and the deployment of digital rights management systems. During the Fall of 2017 he will visit Oxford’s renowned Internet Institute as a Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar.

See all the 2017-18 American postgraduate and scholar Fulbrighters.

The programme’s aim is “to generate a deeper understanding of the differing cultures and peoples of the world,” as described by the late Senator J William Fulbright. Recipients will be tomorrow’s leaders and support the next generation to value “the special relationship” between the US and UK.

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “On the eve of our 70th anniversary year, our US grantees are following in the footsteps of many illustrious predecessors experiencing the opportunities to study at top UK universities to fulfil Senator Fulbright’s vision of a world of peace and prosperity through education and greater understanding between the people of the US and the UK. In these uncertain times, we see our Fulbrighters as future leaders whose experiences during this year will have a profound influence on the impact they will make during their careers.”