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Augustana Professor Appointed as Fulbright Scholar

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Dr. Joel Johnson, associate professor of Government/International Affairs, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Dr. Johnson will be serving as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer/Researcher at the University of Marburg in Hesse, Germany. Marburg is the world’s oldest university with a Protestant origin. Marburg has long been known as a strong humanities school as evidenced by list of former students and professors including Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, Hannah Arendt, Leo Strauss, and Martin Heidegger.

Dr. Johnson will be stationed in the Department of British and American Studies, where he will be adding to the offerings in American Studies. He will also continue on his next book, The Life of Politics.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals.

Dr. Johnson, who was born in Watertown, S.D., has been a member of the faculty at Augustana since 2003. He earned his undergraduate degree at Gustavus Adolphus College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

His research and teaching interests include American political thought, politics and literature, theories of justice, and Asian politics. He is the author of Beyond Practical Virtue: A Defense of Liberal Democracy through Literature, in addition to articles in Perspectives on Politics, The Review of Politics, and Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society.