Maurice Isserman, professor ofhistory at Hamilton College, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teachAmerican Political History in Russia for the 1997 spring semester. The awardwas announced recently by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Boardand the United States Information Agency (USIA).

A specialist in 20th-century U.S. history, Isserman will serve as adistinguished visiting professor of American history at Moscow StateUniversity. His course for Russian students will focus on American politicalhistory from 1945 to present.

Isserman earned his B.A. from Reed College and his Ph.D from the University ofRochester. He has authored and co-authored several books including If I HadA Hammer...The Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left, andWhich Side Were You On? The American Communist Party During the Second WorldWar. His articles have appeared in The Nation, Dissent,The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post,American Historical Review, The Journal of American History andother publications.

Established under congressional legislation introduced by former Senator J.William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program is designed "to increasemutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people ofother countries." Isserman is one of approximately 1,600 U.S. grantees whowill travel abroad during the 1996-1997 academic year under the program.Individuals are selected on the basis of academic and professionalqualifications, and their ability and willingness to share ideas andexperiences with people of diverse cultures. Scholarships are awarded throughopen competition, with final selections made by the Foreign Scholarship Board.Begun in 1946, this year marks the program's 50th anniversary.

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