Scientist Teaches in Estonia this Quarter, Thanks to Fulbright
Cynthia Kaplan, associate professor of political science, is one
of approximately 800 scholars nationwide to receive a Fulbright
Fellowship to conduct research abroad this year.
This quarter, Kaplan is in Estonia, where she is
teaching a course on Russian politics and offering a series of graduate
seminars on ethnic identity at Tartu University. She is also conducting
research on the impact of ethnic identity on political attitudes
and behavior. “This is a comparative project that includes Estonia,
Russia, and Tatarstan,” she says.
Co-author of the book “Buried Memories: Political
Mobilization and the Collapse of the Soviet Union,” Kaplan joined
the UCSB faculty in 1988, and has written numerous articles on Russia,
Estonia, and the former Soviet Union.
In addition, two scholars from other nations have
received Fulbright Fellowships to teach and conduct research at
UCSB. They are Marcelo Aizen, a biologist from Argentina, and Derek
Peddle, an environmental scientist from Canada.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright Program, America’s flagship
international educational exchange program. Over 58 years of existence,
the Fulbright Program has sponsored more than 250,000 American and
foreign university students, K-12 teachers, university faculty,
and professionals in studies abroad.