UNC faculty members Pamela Lothspeich, Carissa Byrne Hessick, Anthony Hackney and Patrick Davison were chosen alongside 800 other U.S. citizens to be Fulbright Scholars for this academic year.
Founded in 1946, the Fulbright Program funds cultural, educational and professional global exchange for U.S. citizens in other countries. The selected UNC professors will teach and conduct research fellowships abroad through the program.
Heather Ward, associate provost for global affairs, said while Fulbright offers over 400 awards to faculty and students, the U.S. scholar program is reserved only for faculty.
Ward said the program often connects recipients with research opportunities related to their careers and academic paths across the world.
“Our faculty are incredibly globally engaged,” she said.
Lothspeich, associate professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, will be traveling to India as part of her Fulbright fellowship to research a form of theater known as Raslila.
Lothspeich said her research is primarily focused on the role of Indian epics in film, theater and literature, and she hopes to better document and inform others on those art mediums.
“I think it's important to bring to light,” Lothspeich said. “Millions of people participate and see these forms every year. They're very popular and revered and there hasn't been all that much academic work on them, relative to how important they are.”
Lothspeich said she finds it rewarding to teach at UNC because she likes to bring her own research into her classes. For her courses on traditional epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata, she said she thinks her upcoming research in India will help her classes at UNC evolve.