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Political Science Professor Receives Fulbright


By Staci Wilson, CHASS Dean’s Office Student Intern
April 26, 2012 

Professor John C. Laursen of the political science department has recently been named a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar. With the aid of this scholarship, Professor Laursen plans to travel to Spain for three or four months in the fall, where he will continue his present research and teaching on the role of skepticism, cynicism, and irony in politics. His 2012 publications on the subject include “Hamburg/Altona as a Fertile Ground for Theories About Freedom of the Press in the Mid-Eighteenth Century” (published in Berlin) and “Cynic Kingship in the German Enlightenment” (published in London).

During his visit to Spain, Professor Laursen will be living in Santiago de Compostela, a city in the northwest where the Royal University of Santiago de Compostela was founded in the sixteenth century. It has recently been named one of the most prestigious schools in the entire country by the Ministry of Education. Although Professor Laursen’s work will largely consist of reading, writing, and teaching—in essence the same thing he does here in Riverside—he is excited by the opportunity to discuss these issues with professors and students from another part of the world and to learn from them. Their different experiences and knowledge may significantly modify or enhance his own theories.


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