Three SUNY Geneseo Faculty Members Receive Fulbright Awards

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Three State University of New York at Geneseo faculty members have won prestigious Fulbright Awards. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program.

Denise Benoit Scott, associate professor of sociology, has received a Fulbright-Nehru Award to teach in India from July through December, 2010. The award will support her project "Politics, Development and Gender in India." She will teach at the H.N.B. Garhwal University in Srinagar, Uttarakhand, on the topic of women and empowerment.

"India is a fertile ground for the study of economic, political and cultural changes that have an enormous effect on people in that country and around the world," said Scott. "My experience will enable me to learn and grow as a scholar and teacher and forge fruitful ties that will both benefit students in the classroom and lay the groundwork for future student and faculty exchanges."

Scott earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Hartford. She has published two books: "Money Talks: Corporate PACs and Political Influence" (with Dan Clawson and Alan Neustadtl) and "The Best-Kept Secret: Women Corporate Lobbyists, Politics and Power in the United States," which won runner-up in the Association of Humanist Sociologists Annual Book Award competition.

Linda Steet, associate professor of social foundations of education and women's studies, received a Fulbright Scholar Award for the academic  year 2010-11 to teach at the University of Jordan in Amman in the American Studies and Women's Studies Center.

"Serving as a Fulbright scholar will be an exciting and valuable experience that will enrich my life and professional work," said Steet. "I am pleased to be going to Jordan, which is a critical area of the world where we need channels for mutual understanding. One of my goals in Jordan will be to build relationships that can develop into a permanent connection between our college and Middle East faculty and students."

Steet earned her doctorate at Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree at the University at Buffalo. She has published on the cultural foundations of education related to race, gender and multiculturalism, including authoring a book focusing on National Geographic's representation of the Arab world.

Steve Derne, professor of sociology, has received a U.S. Dept. of Education Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program fellowship to conduct research in Dehra Dun, the capital of Uttarakhand in the Himalayas. His project, "Well Being in India," will identify Indians' conceptions of well being through in-depth interviews with people in the area. Derne's award is a five-month program starting in July, 2011. This will be Derne's fifth funded research project in India.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to return to India to conduct this research," said Derne. "I was able to do 87 preliminary interviews in 2007 on well being in India and was pleased with the results. I think Americans can learn a lot from Indian conceptions of well being."

Derne received his doctorate and master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

The three awards bring to 14 the number of Fulbrights Geneseo faculty members have received in the past 25 years.

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