Fulbright Research in Tbilisi

Outside Tsalka, Georgia. Photo by Jesse Vogler.

Posted by December 11, 2015


Four Washington University faculty—including Jesse Vogler, assistant professor of landscape architecture—have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grants to study abroad during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The grants were announced earlier this fall by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. They are among approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2015-2016.

Beginning in January, Vogler will spend six months in Tbilisi, Georgia, conducting research on the territorial and ideological landscapes of the sovkhoz, or the soviet state farm system. In addition, he will teach a video-art course in the Free University of Tbilisi's Art Department, which will explore ideas of nature in the post-socialist city.

The other WashU Fulbright recipients are:

• Petra Levin, PhD, associate professor of biology in Arts & Sciences. Levin will travel to the University of Amsterdam in February 2016 to lecture and to conduct research relating to the physiological control of bacterial cell size.

• Timothy Parsons, PhD, professor of history and of African and African American Studies, both in Arts & Sciences. Parsons will be based at the University of Liverpool to research how imperial ideas and institutions originally developed in Africa have influenced local governance, community development, urban planning, and law enforcement in metropolitan Britain after the end of empire.

• Guillermo Rosas, PhD, associate professor of political science in Arts & Sciences. Rosas is pursuing a Fulbright this fall at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany, where he is exploring the question of why policy-makers are only sometimes able to introduce significant regulatory overhauls following episodes of systemic bank insolvency, with a particular focus on the effects of electoral vulnerability on policy choice.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. Designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, it is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.