Announced by the US State Department and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Council political science Professor Dr. Melanie H. Ram received the Fulbright Award from the US Scholarship Program in Europe.
Ram will research the subregional intergovernmental organizations that have emerged in Europe since the end of the Cold War, many of which were founded to support European integration and security and stability in Europe. He will visit Italy, Croatia and Romania and will also meet with professors and students at the University of Zagreb and the University of Bucharest.
“I am honored to have been selected for this prestigious award and it is a great opportunity to demonstrate the research expertise of the Fresno State School,” Ram said. “I am also excited to have the great opportunity to dedicate four months to funded research in three countries in Europe and to be hosted by four different institutions.”
As a Fulbright Fellow, Ram will share knowledge and promote meaningful connections between communities in the United States and Europe. Fulbright engages in cutting-edge research and expands its professional networks, often pursuing research collaborations that began abroad and laying the groundwork for future inter-institutional collaborations.
As a scholar of international relations, Ram is a strong supporter and embodiment of Fulbright’s ideals through teaching, research and study of other countries, languages and cultures.
“I am particularly honored to have been awarded the Fulbright Schuman European Union Affairs Research Award, which is co-sponsored by the US Government and the European Union and is specifically designed to support multinational or supranational work of interest and scope,” Ram said. “In many ways, I believe this award is a culmination and recognition of my international interests and know-how.”
Her research focused on the influence of international organizations, such as the European Union and the World Bank, on domestic policy and the influence of domestic actors in international policy-making. It has studied it specifically in the case of the enlargement of the European Union to Central and Eastern Europe and has addressed specific issues such as human rights and discrimination against Roma.
Ram hopes to use its experience to support more international student opportunities and to continue to promote international engagement and understanding in Fresno State and the community. She is also looking forward to developing relationships with scholars, institutions and students from other countries and bringing her experiences back into the classroom.
Actively involved at the University at all levels, Ram served for over a decade on the University Academic Senate, served four years as Chair of the Department of Political Science, and previously received the College of Social Sciences Service Award and the Promising School Prize.
Fulbright Scholar alumni belong to a network of thousands of respected scholars, many of whom are leaders in their field. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel laureates, 88 Pulitzer Prize winners and 39 heads of state or government.
The Fulbright program is the US Government’s flagship program of international educational exchanges and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world.
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