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Monmouth University Professor Receives Fulbright Award

Mihaela Moscaliuc, assistant professor of English at Monmouth University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at Al. I. Cuza University in Iasi, Romania, during spring 2015, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. She is the second faculty member to earn a Fulbright award in the 2014-15 academic year.

Moscaliuc will teach courses in American literature and culture in the American Studies program, assist with curriculum development, and facilitate cultural exchanges at the university and in the larger community.

“As an undergraduate in Romania, I benefited enormously, as did my peers, from the presence of American Fulbright Scholars, and so I am exhilarated to return there as one and to share my academic expertise and my understanding (as an insider-outsider) of both worlds. I hope to have the kind of impact other Fulbright scholars had on me and to return to Monmouth University and to the Monmouth community with initiatives for further cultural exchanges and an enriched understanding of how we might better promote global understanding,” said Moscaliuc.

“I am delighted that Dr. Moscaliuc earned one of the competitive Fulbright Scholar grants,” said Paul R. Brown, president of Monmouth University. “Fostering international connections with our faculty among universities around the world is a concrete example of one of our core strategic objectives; promoting global and cultural literacy throughout all of our academic programs.”

Born and raised in Romania, Moscaliuc came to the United States in 1996 to complete graduate work in American literature. She received an M.A. from Salisbury University, an M.F.A. in poetry from New England College, and a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Maryland. She is the author of the poetry collections “Father Dirt” and “Immigrant Model,” the translator of Romanian poet Carmelia Leonte’s “The Hiss of the Viper,” and editor of a forthcoming collection of essays on poet Gerald Stern.

Her articles on representations of Roma/Gypsies, the works of Kimiko Hahn and Agha Shahid Ali, code-switching in American Poetry, and translation theory, appear in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, “History of the Literary Cultures in East-Central Europe. Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and 20th Centuries,” “Orient and Orientalisms in American Poetry and Poetics,” “The Task of Un/Masking: Essays on Poetry and Race,” and the forthcoming “Mad Heart Be Brave: On the Poetry of Agha Shahid Ali.”  She is the recipient of two Glenna Luschei Awards from Prairie Schooner, a Ledig-Rowohlt residency fellowship at Le Chateau de Lavigny, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Earlier this year, Dr. Priscilla Gac-Artigas, a professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature, earned a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the University of Santiago de Chile during the fall 2014 semester.

About the Fulbright program

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given over 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists and other professionals the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More information is available at