RICHARDSON, Texas (April 22, 2004) – A husband and wife team of professors from The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) will spend the second half of this year in New Delhi, India – one as a Fulbright Scholar at a university and the other as a visiting scholar at an international research institute.
Dr. Marie Chevrier, associate professor of political economy in UTD’s School of Social Sciences, won a prestigious Fulbright grant to spend the fall 2004 semester at Jamia Millia Islamia, an Islamic university where she will teach conflict resolution. Her husband, Dr. Paul Jargowsky, also an associate professor of political economy, has been appointed a visiting scholar at Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), a French-funded institution that conducts research and presents seminars and lectures in the fields of social sciences and the humanities. Jargowsky will give seminars on urban issues, complete work on a book on suburbanization in the United States and work with scholars at CSH to develop a comparative research program comparing Indian and U.S. metropolitan development.
The couple, who will be accompanied by their two daughters, will leave for India this summer and return to Richardson in January 2005.
“This is a wonderful opportunity, personally and professionally, for Paul and me, and, of course, a unique chance for the entire family to experience living abroad, immersed in a foreign culture, for an extended period of time,” Chevrier said. “I have taught the subject of war and peace to college students, both honors students and others, in this country for years. I find the idea of teaching students in an entirely different culture the precepts of resolving conflict to be absolutely intriguing, and I can’t wait to get started.”
“The opportunity to live in Delhi and work with an international group of urban scholars will help me to add a comparative perspective to my research on urban issues,” Jargowsky said.
Chevrier and Jargowsky are both well-regarded scholars – but in widely disparate fields.
Chevrier has considerable expertise on the subjects of arms control and biological and chemical warfare. She was recently appointed by the International Committee of the Red Cross to a group of experts whose mission is to halt the development and spread of biotechnology weapons.
Jargowsky, who is director of the Bruton Center at UTD, has conducted landmark research on neighborhood poverty in the United States, segregation by race and class and the effects of economic inequality. Last year, he was appointed a senior research affiliate of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan. He also directs the Texas Schools Project at UTD’s Cecil and Ida Green Center for the Study of Science and Society.
Both earned Ph.D. degrees in public policy from Harvard University.
The Fulbright Scholars Program is the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange. It was proposed to Congress in 1945 by then-freshman Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. In the aftermath of World War II, Fulbright viewed the program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting "mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world." Congress approved the program, and President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1946. The program is sponsored by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and its primary source of funding is an annual appropriation from Congress.
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