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Fulbright Program Supports Carleton Research on Politics and Policing

The prestigious Fulbright Award Program has honoured a Carleton University journalism professor and three students. Andrew Cohen, PhD student Gregory Brown, and undergraduate students Caitlin Salvino and Joel Szota have received Fulbright grants and fellowships.

In addition, Carleton will host three distinguished Fulbright scholars from the United States.

The world-renowned Fulbright program is based on the principle that scholarly and academic exchanges are critical to a more peaceful and productive world.

Cohen, who teaches at the School of Journalism and Communication and has written seven books on politics and history, will hold the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. D.C. in 2016-2017. He will begin work on a biography of Theodore C. Sorensen, counselor and speechwriter to former president John F. Kennedy, examining Sorensen’s impact on mid-century America, how he used rhetoric in shaping policy, and the lessons it offers to contemporary statecraft.

“I am interested in the power of words in politics,” said Cohen, who writes a syndicated column for The Ottawa Citizen and was a correspondent in Washington for The Globe and Mail. “In Washington, I will be exploring Sorensen’s extraordinary role in creating Camelot in the 1960s and the relevance of presidential oratory in the age of Twitter, SnapChat and the 10-second sound bite.”

Brown will attend the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany where he will work closely with policing researchers to collect data from front-line police officers at five large American police departments.

Brown’s research investigates how police feel and behave in response to their new visibility and a public that is more engaged with how society is policed.

After completing his master’s degree at Carleton, Brown chose to continue his doctoral studies in Sociology at Carleton, in large part because of supervisor Aaron Doyle.

“Throughout my five years under his supervision, Dr. Doyle has been inspirational and supportive and his teaching, guidance and encouragement have been instrumental to my research projects,” said Brown. “Having the opportunity to be supervised by Dr. Doyle and to learn from, and work closely with, top-calibre academics made Carleton the natural choice for my graduate studies.”

The fellowships for Salvino and Szota provide an opportunity for them to spend either one semester or a full academic year as exchange students in the United States. Each student will receive a cash award of $5,000 per semester or $10,000 for the full academic year.

Salvino will be continuing her studies at American University, pursuing her degree in Human Rights and Law, focusing on the essential role international and domestic legal frameworks play in achieving justice. Szota will be going to Vanderbilt University to study international relations.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet other students from around the world while studying in North America’s other capital,” said Salvinio. “I can’t wait to learn about American law and politics from the American University professors, especially during the election season.”

Carleton is also hosting three distinguished Fulbright award winners from the United States. Brian J. Payne, associate professor from Bridgewater State University, is the Fulbright Chair in North American Integration at Carleton and Katelynn Hatton, from American University and Paden Stanton, from the University of Maine, will be Killam Fellows at Carleton.

By engaging our brightest minds in academic exchanges, Fulbright Canada seeks to enhance mutual understanding between Canada and the United States. Through its bilateral academic exchanges of outstanding students, scholars and professionals, it strengthens Canada-U.S. relations by examining a wide range of subjects that are critical to the relationship between the two countries.

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Fulbright Canada


Fulbright Canada is a joint, bi-national, treaty-based organization created to encourage mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America through academic and cultural exchange. Fulbright Canada is supported by the Canadian Government through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, by the United States Government through the Department of State, and by a diverse group of corporate sponsors, charitable trusts, and university partners. It is governed by an independent board of directors and operates out of Ottawa. For more information please visit: www.fulbright.ca.  

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