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Political science professor named Fulbright Scholar

Cornerstone fellow Quan Li was selected to teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program for the 2019-2020 year.

By Alix Poth ’18

Quan Li, Cornerstone Fellow and professor in the Department of Political Science, received the Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar Award for the 2019-2020 academic year. This award allows Li to travel to Spain for research and teaching at the Universidad Europea de Madrid as part of the Teaching and Researching International Relations or International Business project. 

“The Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar Award provides me with a professional opportunity to bring American international relations scholarship to students and scholars in Spain and to be intellectually challenged and inspired by them at the same time,” Li said. 

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program of the United States government operating in 160 countries worldwide. It was created to “build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The program was established in 1946 by the legislation of U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. 

“Dr. Li is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program,” said the United States Department of State in a press release. “Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.”

Li’s research focuses on economic globalization, democratic governance, political violence, and more. His research has appeared in numerous journals, and he is also the co-recipient of the 2003 Best Article on Democratization Award from the American Political Science Association. He has co-authored two books, entitled Democracy and Economic Openness in an Interconnected System: Complex Transformations  and Politics and Foreign Direct Investment

“The Award also gives me and my family a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience what it feels like to live in Spain as Asian Americans, to interact with Spanish people as residents rather than tourists, and to let them understand us better as well,” Li said. 

Read more about Li’s work here.