St. Paul, Minn. – International Studies chair and professor Nadya Nedelsky will spend September – December 2015 in Germany as a Fulbright U.S. scholar to study German reaction to immigration.  She’ll be working at Humboldt University’s Department of Diversity and Social Conflict in Berlin.

“Large-scale quantitative surveys show that Germans have mixed reactions to immigration,” said Nedelsky. “Half view it as more positive than negative, and majorities see immigrants as contributing to the economy and making life more interesting. Strong majorities also worry about integration and think immigrants reject German customs and ways of life.”

Nedelsky’s research will involve qualitative interviews with native Germans in Berlin, delving into the views, beliefs, concerns, experiences and expectations that underlie perspectives on immigration and integration.

“Deeper investigation is needed to understand the roots, intensity, and day-to-day impact of both positive and critical viewpoints,” said Nedelsky.

Elizabeth Hallgren ‘17, an International Studies major from Monkton, Md., assisted Nedelsky with putting together her Fulbright application.

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in Europe and Eurasia offers diverse opportunities for U.S. faculty, researchers and professionals to reside for an extended period in the region through educational and cultural exchange. Europe and Eurasia is the largest regional program within the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Applicants can propose to teach and/or conduct collaborative research at some of the best universities/research institutions in the world. Grantees to Europe and Eurasia contribute to the rapidly changing global landscape of higher education, while, at the same time, gain a deep understanding of societies and cultures in the host countries. Details of awards and programs vary by country.

A unique feature of the Europe and Eurasia programs is that most of the awards are specific to a discipline or a combination of disciplines, thus offering tailored opportunities for applicants with relevant background and expertise.

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February 16 2015

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