Four Visiting Fulbright Scholars to Undertake International Research While at Duke

September 4, 2019

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Fulbright scholars will conduct research at Duke University in partnership with faculty sponsors.

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-By Duke Global staff

This year, Duke University will host four Fulbright Visiting Scholars. Since the Fulbright Program began more than 70 years ago, participants have been chosen for academic merit and leadership potential. The scholars are given the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to global scholarship.

“Duke’s active involvement in the federal Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program supports the third theme of the Together Duke academic strategic plan: Global Engagement, Locally Grounded,” says Nancy Hare Robbins, scholarships and fellowships manager at the Duke Center for International and Global Studies. “In particular, the fulfillment of engagement is a two-way street, where the interaction of world scholars with the Duke community creates a mutually beneficial learning environment.”

Here’s the list of the 2019-2020 visiting Fulbright Scholars at Duke:

  • Albulenë Kastrati, Assistant Professor at AAB University, Kosovo and Senior Banking Supervisor at Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo

Kastrati will define and measure the concept and behavior of excessive liquidity in European emerging and transition economies in her project, “The Determinants of Excess Liquidity in the Banking System of European Emerging and Transition Economies.” Kastrati will be hosted by Connel Fullenkamp in the Economics Department.

  • Vandana Mahalwar, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Delhi, India

Mahalwar’s project, “Access to Knowledge Under International Copyright Law: A Rights-Based Comparative Study,” will examine the impact of international copyright law on access to knowledge in India and the United States with regard, in particular, to the frequent lack of attribution or remuneration in the use of copyrighted texts to compile academic course packs. Mahalwar is hosted by Jerome Reichman in the School of Law.

  • Usep Abdul Matin, Senior Lecturer at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Indonesia

Matin plans to research how a dispute involving a Shi’ite Muslim student within a predominantly Sunni Islamic society has generated a conflict over the values to which state institutions should be accountable through his project, “The Role of the University in Indonesia's Islamic Public Sphere: The Jalaluddin Rakhmat's Ph.D. Dispute.” Matin is hosted by Engseng Ho in the Department of Cultural Anthropology.

  • Magda Szczesniak, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at the Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw, Poland

Through Szczesniak’s project, “Images of Change: Politics of Representing Social Mobility,” she will seek to develop tools which allow for analyzing and reflecting on the forms of expressing emotions that are a constitutive part of social mobility. Szczesniak is hosted by Fredric Jameson in the Literature Program.

Some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research and teach foreign languages.

"Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing – as no other form of communication can – to the humanizing of international relations," said U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, the founder of the program.

More details about the Fulbright Scholar Program can be found at

Members of the Duke community are encouraged to reach out to the scholars for guest lectures or other forms of academic collaboration. For more information about visiting Fulbright Scholars at Duke, contact Nancy Hare Robbins ( ) or Eve Duffy, Duke’s Fulbright representative (