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Professor Azcuy Wins Prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Russia

Mary Kate Azcuy, D.Litt., associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of English, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Core Award. Azcuy will lecture on American literature and culture at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, Russia this spring. Her project title is “Diverse American Identities.”

“I congratulate Dr. Azcuy on winning a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award that supports the intellectual exchange between countries and connects our university to the international community and a global presence,” Monmouth University President Patrick F. Leahy said. “Such exchanges connect to our core values of excellence in teaching and learning, research, diversity, and service. Further, this award speaks to the very highest quality of the professors and education here at Monmouth University.”

Thomas Pearson, Ph.D., Monmouth University history professor and Russian scholar, added, “The Russian State University for the Humanities [RSUH] in Moscow is a dynamic place that I had the pleasure of visiting in 2004 as part of a U.S. and Canada higher education delegation to Russia. I am sure that the Russian and international community at RSUH will benefit from Dr. Azcuy’s expertise in modern and contemporary American literature and creative writing, just as she will enjoy her collaborations with the top-notch, highly-inquisitive students and the talented faculty at RSUH.”

“I am incredibly honored to have received a Fulbright Scholar Award,” Azcuy said. “I look forward to collaborating with my Russian colleagues, working with the students in Moscow, and sharing my projects and research. This is an important time in the world to remember the goals established by William Fulbright: excellence in international education and cultural exchange as ways to keep communication open between all nations.”

Azcuy is an associate professor of 20th- and 21st-century American literature. Her research has appeared in articles, journals, and book chapters. Her current scholarly book project focuses on feminism, gender, and mythology in renowned poet Louise Glück’s Persephone and Demeter oeuvre.

A noted scholar, Azcuy has recently presented her research at the University of Cambridge; the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London; King’s College, London; and the Sorbonne Université in France.

Additionally, Azcuy is a published poet and creative non-fiction writer. Her current creative project is a collection of essays about her childhood. Azcuy earned her master’s degree from New York University and her doctorate from Drew University. She studied creative writing at Princeton University, NYU, and Drew University. Azcuy is also the recipient of two Artists in Residence in the Everglades (AIRIE) creative writing fellowships.

About the Fulbright Scholars Program

The Fulbright Scholars Program is a competitive, merit-based award that “supports activities and projects that recognize and promote the critical relationship between educational exchange and international understanding, in addition to the intellectual merit of the proposals.”

Fulbright Scholars study, teach and research in almost 100 different academic and professional fields; and they exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns in more than 140 countries.

For more information, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.