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Fulbright Commission Appoints Politics Professor

Professor Karen Beckwith, who currently holds the post of Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, has been appointed as the next Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professor at Edinburgh University.

Karen BeckwithAs part of the initiative, led by the College of Humanities and Social Science, she will travel to Edinburgh in January 2014 to spend six months based in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. She will be working closely with academics from the School of Social and Political Science including Professor Fiona Mackay.

Professor Beckwith plans to use her time in Edinburgh to lecture and to undertake research for her project entitled, What's New? Institutional Transformation and Women's Political Representation. She will also be working on the production of a new book which will focus on the development of political policies which are more inclusive to women.

Speaking of her forthcoming visit to Edinburgh, she said "I have fond memories of a very brief visit to Edinburgh, in the previous century! I am very much looking forward to returning to Edinburgh for an extended stay as a Fulbright Scholar, to learning about this historic city and to working with colleagues at its university, and to exploring as much of Scotland as possible, intellectually as well as touristically."

Her visit will be organised by the US-UK Fulbright Commission which is part of the worldwide Fulbright Program, one of the world's most prestigious academic exchange programmes. Set up to foster mutual cultural understanding through educational exchange between the United Kingdom and the United States after the Second World War, the Fulbright Program has appointed forty-three individuals who have also gone on to receive Nobel Prizes.

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