Maurice Isserman, professor of history at Hamilton College, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach American Political History in Russia for the 1997 spring semester. The award was announced recently by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the United States Information Agency (USIA).

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

Isserman earned his B.A. from Reed College and his Ph.D from the University of Rochester. He has authored and co-authored several books including If I Had A Hammer...The Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left, and Which Side Were You On? The American Communist Party During the Second World War. 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 and other publications.

Established under congressional legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program is designed "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." Isserman is one of approximately 1,600 U.S. grantees who will travel abroad during the 1996-1997 academic year under the program. Individuals are selected on the basis of academic and professional qualifications, and their ability and willingness to share ideas and experiences with people of diverse cultures. Scholarships are awarded through open 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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