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Bentley Professor Joel Deichmann Receives 2007-2008 Fulbright Scholar Grant

July 29, 2007

Associate Professor of International Studies Joel Deichmann has received a 2007-2008 U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant, awarded yearly to U.S. citizens to lecture and conduct research abroad, and to foreign scholars to come to the United States primarily as researchers. Fulbright scholars are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and for having demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their field.

Deichmann will travel to Russia from September 2007 through January 2008 to Smolny College in St. Petersburg. The first liberal arts college in Russia, Smolny is a joint enterprise of Bard College and Saint Petersburg State University. Deichmann will teach international studies courses and participate in cultural exchange. He will also extend his research on foreign direct investment in Eastern Europe.

"I feel strongly that my assignment will contribute positively to relations between Russia and the United States, both during the five months of my visit and in the future, especially given the opportunities that my career in education provides to facilitate cross-cultural understanding," says Deichmann, who has training as an economic geographer and interests in transforming economies of Eurasia.


Deichmann has studied Russia for a long period of time, having grown up during the Cold War and monitored events in the Soviet Union and its successor states since his youth. During the 1990s, he studied the transformation in Central and Eastern Europe and chose those countries as the region of inquiry for his master's and PhD theses. "The need for Americans to understand Russia and build strong relationships there is particularly strong, as the Federation remains among the world's political and military superpowers and a country of great economic potential," he notes.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. Each year, nearly 850 U.S. faculty and professionals travel abroad as traditional Fulbright Scholars. The Program operates in over 150 countries worldwide in order to promote "mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries of the world."


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