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Communication Studies Professor Wins Fulbright Award

Communication Studies Professor Wins Fulbright Award
John C. Pollock

John C. Pollock, professor of communication studies, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the spring 2010 academic semester, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Pollock will teach and carry out research on his project exploring society’s impact on media: linking social inequality in demographic structures of cities or nation-states to coverage of critical issues. Pollock will work with students to help them conduct cross-national research comparing the relation between a variety of national “structural” characteristics (for example, GDP/capita, literacy rate, infant mortality rate) and variations in major newspaper reporting on critical issues such as AIDS, poverty, and healthcare reform. The title of Pollock’s project replicates the title of his latest book: Tilted Mirrors: Media Alignment with Political and Social Change—A Community Structure Approach.

Pollock is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 286,500 people—108,160 Americans who have studied, taught, or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States—with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

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