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US Awardees

Please find information on the Fulbright alumni from the U.S., to Ireland by year, below. If you are interested in getting in touch with any of our alumni please contact for more information.


Dr Christopher P. Barton is an assistant professor of archaeology in the department of History at Francis Marion University. His specialization is historical archaeology with an emphasis in developing community-based projects. On his Fulbright Award he will teach post-medieval archaeology and heritage studies at NUI Galway. His research will focus on the history and archaeology of Great Blasket Island from the 19th to mid-20th centuries. The goals of this research are to better understand the everyday lives of Blasket residents and to promote the site for heritage tourism.

Carlos Castro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University, where his research focuses on developing DNA-based nanomachines and devices for bioengineering and biomedical applications. He has been recognized for both outstanding teaching and research at OSU, and recently received the NSF Career Award for young research investigators. His Fulbright Award to the AMBER Centre at Trinity College Dublin will focus on integrating his DNA nanotechnology work with other materials in development at AMBER, working towards applications in drug delivery and tissue engineering.

Ms Erin Grogan is PhD candidate from Texas tech University in interdisciplinary fine arts. On her Fulbright Award to the National University of Ireland Galway, Erin will conduct archival research on Irish identity on stage, both during independence and today.

Dr Eric Levin is a professor and the Director of Theatre Education at Southern Oregon University, where he directs a master of theatre studies program and teaches theatre literature. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, an M.A.T. from Western Oregon University, and earned his Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon. He has published works in such journals as the Journal of American Theatre and Drama. As a Fulbright Scholar he will collaborate with staff at NUI Galway.

Dr Bruce T. Lamont is the Thomas L. Williams Eminent Scholar of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Florida State University. His current research addresses the effective management of acquisition integration processes, knowledge investments, and organizational justice. At Dublin City University Business School, he will be extending his research on justice in the acquisition integration process with a special focus on recent deals in Ireland.

Professor W. Berry Lyons is a Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at the Ohio State University. His research interests include the rates and controls of chemical weathering, the role of human activities on water quality, and the impact of climate change on the biogeochemistry of polar regions. On his Fulbright-GSI Award to NUIG, he will examine the geochemistry of stream and bog waters in the west of Ireland.

Professor Kathleen Manning taught in the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program at the University of Vermont for 25 years prior to her retirement in 2014. Her professional interests include social justice, international higher education, leadership, and organizational theory. During her Fulbright at UCC, she will present seminars and workshops on resilience in global higher education. She will research the initiatives taken by UCC and other Irish universities to be resilient regarding the transformations effecting higher education institutions in Ireland and internationally.

Ms Lesley McBride is an arts administrator most recently based in New Orleans, Louisiana, working in creative youth development. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied Art History and English literature. On her Fulbright Award, she will be working with the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane to expand its arts enrichment programming and outreach to young people in the residential neighbourhood surrounding Parnell Square.

Ms Emily Mickus is a graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan. She will attend the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, to obtain her master’s degree in Traditional Irish Dance Performance. While there, she will study the cultural and historical aspects of Irish dance, train in new dance styles, and pursue innovative approaches to choreographing and performing.

Mr Sean O’Rourke is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross with a degree in English Literature.  He will be attending University College Cork to complete a master’s degree in Irish Writing and Film, researching the facilitation of conversation in colonial Irish literature.

Dr Nancy Riggs is Professor of Geology in the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. Her research interests center around the relation between volcanoes and plate tectonics and include using the detrital signature of volcanic arcs to understand the initiation of subduction. She will be in residence in the discipline of Geology, School of Natural Sciences, at TCD, where she will contribute to undergraduate teaching, and in GSI.  Her research will focus on ancient volcanism and investigating the amalgamation of geologic terranes that make up Ireland.

Professor Jason Scott Smith, is a Professor of History at University of New Mexico. As a Fulbright Scholar to University College Dublin, he will hold the Mary Ball Washington Chair in American History. His teaching and research focus on the history of capitalism.

Dr Susan Sharfstein is an Associate Professor of Nanobioscience at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, New York. The focus of her research is on biotechnology and mammalian cell bioprocessing. During her Fulbright Award she will collaborate with the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology at DCU on proteomic studies of antibody-producing Chinese hamster ovary cells.

Professor Edward P. St. John, emeritus professor of education at the University of Michigan, focuses on engaged scholarship promoting economic and social justice. He has published numerous books and articles on community-based reform, college access, and financing of higher education. As a Fulbright Scholar to Trinity College Dublin, he will support faculty, educators and researchers involved in Trinity Access Programmes’ initiatives serving schools in Dublin’s low-income neighborhoods, and teachers working on educational innovations supporting aspiring scholars.

Professor Kimberly Thomas is a clinical professor at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and co-director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic.  During her Fulbright Award to the School of Law at University College Cork, she will co-teach the graduate Juvenile Justice course and conduct research on provisions of Ireland’s Children Act 2001.

Jasmine Throckmorton is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied modern novels and creative writing. Her studies have been indispensable this past year for her teaching position at a classical charter high school. On her Fulbright Award she will pursue a Masters degree in creative writing (poetry) at University College Cork.

Professor Jonathan Todres is Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law, where his research focuses on children’s rights issues. Based at University College Cork during his Fulbright Award, he will conduct research on human rights education for children, focusing on rights discourses in children’s literature and other spaces children inhabit.

Vidya Venkatesh is a graduate of Williams College where she received a BA Mathematics and a BA in Philosophy. For her Fulbright Award she will take a Master’s degree in Philosophy at University College Dublin. Her research will explore critical perspectives on Irish modernist literature in counterpoint with contemporary movements in the philosophy of language.

Professor Amy Williams is a composer and pianist specializing in contemporary music.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Music (Composition and Theory) at the University of Pittsburgh. On her Fulbright Award to the Department of Music at the University College Cork, she will teach a seminar on experimental music and work with composers and performers, and complete several original compositions,

Brian Williams is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where he received a B.S. in Finance and Economics. For his Fulbright Award he will continue to study finance toward a Master of Science degree at Dublin City University exploring the effect of foreign direct investment in developing countries.

For more information on our American Alumni from previous years, please click here.