July 15, 2012

Jeanette Grider
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SLU History Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

Jennifer Popiel, Ph.D., heads to Lyon, France this week. Follow her blog for updates on her research and life as her own family becomes immersed in the culture.

Jennifer Popiel, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of History, has been named a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar.

Jennifer Popiel, Ph.D.

Popiel is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-2013. Grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

"It's a great honor to be selected. The Fulbrights for France are among the most competitive in the world, so I'm really pleased that the selection committees looked so favorably on my project," Popiel said.

Popiel, whose teaching and research interests include European, French, and women's history, will spend the next six months exploring the relationship between domestic and civic life, especially Lyonnais religious practice and feminist activism.

"One of the key features of the Fulbright program is promoting collaboration between American and foreign scholars," Popiel noted. "I'm really looking forward to working in-depth with my French colleagues and the resources in Lyon."

The time will be enhanced by the fact that Popiel's family, including her children, will also be in Lyon where they will experience school, culture, and everyday life. She is excited about the possibilities.

"The chance for my children to have such a cultural immersion experience is a tremendous added benefit. This Fulbright is a wonderful opportunity for me as a scholar, but it is also one for our family," Popiel observed.

After the Fulbright period, Popiel plans to return to St. Louis and finish writing her next book based on her research and work abroad.

Follow Jennifer Popiel's blog for the latest on her research and time in Lyon.

About the Fulbright Scholars Program
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

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