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Political science professor receives fourth Fulbright award

SANTA CLARA, Calif. June 4, 2003. Santa Clara University professor of political science Jane Curry will travel to Poland in the fall to lecture and conduct research as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in East European studies.  The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, and is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

"Santa Clara congratulates Jane Curry; she is well respected for the quality of her research," said Santa Clara University President Paul Locatelli, S.J. "Her commitment to scholarship and her dedication to her students is remarkable. The University is very proud of Jane for winning her fourth Fulbright Fellowship.”

Curry teaches comparative politics, focusing on Eastern Europe and Russia. She has authored and edited several books: The Left Transformed, Polish Journalists: Professionalism and Politics, The Black Book of Polish Censorship, Dissent in Eastern Europe, Press Control Around the World, and Poland's Permanent Revolution.

The Fulbright award will permit Curry to pursue her research in Poland at the University of Warsaw. Her research will be on how history is used in political battles.

Curry who went to Poland for the first time in 1967 as an exchange student has been intimately involved with the country’s history and politics in the decades since. “Poland was a communist country --a part of the Soviet bloc--when I first visited as an exchange student,” Curry said. “This year, Poland is getting ready to join the European Union. It is a very interesting time in the political history of Poland and I feel privileged to be a part of it.” 

Curry earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Vassar College and a master’s degree in government from Indiana University. She earned a doctorate in political science from Columbia University.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,060 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fourth-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is online at


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