The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Scholars. The Fulbright Scholars program operates in more than 125 countries throughout the world, providing faculty and administrators grants to teach and/or conduct research.

Three scholars from the University of Richmond were awarded Fulbright grants for 2017-18, the top number in the Bachelor’s institutions category.

University of Richmond’s Fulbright Scholars for this time period include:

  • History and international studies professor David Brandenberger for his research on Russia’s political landscape during the 1940s and 50s.
  • Math professor Jim Davis for his research related to any needed improvements related to the math behind communications such as text messages. 
  • Biology professor Rafael de Sá for amphibian biodiversity research in Colombia.

“Our Fulbright scholars are top researchers and educators in their fields,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Jeffrey Legro. “Prestigious honors like Fulbrights allow them to share their expertise with others around the world, but also to bring their global perspectives here to our campus.  Those receiving Fulbright awards are chosen for their academic merit and leadership, and we are delighted these UR faculty are expanding the reach and reputation of the University, and enhancing their scholarship, by participating in these international opportunities.”


The University of Richmond has had 16 faculty members awarded Fulbrights in the past five years.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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“Prestigious honors like Fulbrights allow [faculty] to share their expertise with others around the world, but also to bring their global perspectives here to our campus."
-Provost and Executive Vice President Jeffrey Legro

Professor of History and International Studies
International Studies Concentration Advisor: Politics and Diplomacy, Modern Europe
Imperial Russia / Soviet Union / Post-Soviet space
Ideology & Propaganda
Nationalism
Interdisciplinary methodology (esp. concerning literature and film)
Professor of Biology
Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity
Phylogenetic, Systematics, and Taxonomy
Developmental Biology