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Two BA Alumni Granted Fulbright Awards

They will teach English overseas in 2017-18
August 9, 2017

Lucas Paulson at Torres del Paine national park in Chile

Lucas Paulson at Torres del Paine national park in Chile
English and Global Studies double major Lucas Paulson at Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, where he studied in 2016

English 2017 BA alums Jordan Ecker and Lucas Paulson are among 13 students and alumni of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus awarded grants to study and teach abroad during the 2017-18 academic year by the Fulbright US Student Program.

Ecker, who double majored in English and Global Studies, graduated summa cum laude with the thesis "Inside and Outside Empire: The British Episteme and Structural Requisites of the Colonial Adventure Novel." She will teach English next year in Korea. The daughter of an Army officer, she has lived in Korea, Germany, and various places in the United States. She played clarinet in the U's Pride of Minnesota Marching Band, worked as a peer adviser in the Learning Abroad Center, and played intramural soccer. She would like to continue to live and teach abroad for a few years before returning to the United States to complete a graduate program in International Affairs.

Paulson, also a double major in English and Global Studies, graduated summa cum laude and shared the 2017 Mark David Clawson Award for outstanding thesis for "Reading the Refugee: Modernity and the Malleable Other." He will spend next year as an English Teaching Assistant in Colombia. A Talle Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts, he managed web content for openGlobalRights, interned with the International Institute of Minnesota, and served on the student advisory board to the Human Rights Program. When he returns he expects to continue his studies in law or education. Read an interview.

Recent PhD graduate Amanda Taylor is among the alternates for a Graduate Student Fulbright Scholarship, to do research in Italy. This spring she successfully defended her dissertation "Fabricating the Martial Body: Anatomy, Affect, and Armor in Early Modern England and Italy." Read an interview.