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Political science professor recipient of Fulbright Award for research

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Eric M. Jepsen, assistant professor of political science at the University of South Dakota, is the recipient of a nine month Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship for research and lecturing at Kerala University in Kerala, India.

The fellowship, awarded by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, provides Jepsen with an opportunity to conduct research for his book project tentatively titled, “Kerala in the Economic Reform Era: Ideas, Institutions, and Interest Groups.” For the 2012-13 academic year, Jepsen will also give lectures on United States-India relations, comparative political economy and the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign at colleges and universities throughout Kerala. Jepsen is one of approximately 1,100 faculty and professionals from the United States who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

A member of the political science faculty since 2006, Jepsen teaches international relations and comparative politics, with particular regional interests in both India/South Asia and Latin America. He mentors students, serves as the chair of the Global Learning Council and oversees high distinction projects in the Honors program at USD. Before joining the faculty at USD, Jepsen taught at the University of Vermont and at the University of New Mexico, where he earned his Ph.D.

The Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international educational exchange activity. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement. The Fulbright Program provides short-term academic opportunities to prominent faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions around the world.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News