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Global & Area Studies|Undergraduate International Studies Foreign Language Grant

Title VI Department of Education Grant Participants


Jean Garrison, Co-Principal Investigator, is Director of the International Studies Program and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wyoming. Garrison holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wyoming. . Her foreign policy experience includes serving in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs under the auspices of a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in 2004 and time as a Visiting Fellow with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation in 2007 in Washington, DC. She is the author of two books on U.S. foreign policy, a third (published in 2009) focusing on China's energy policy, and numerous articles across a variety of foreign policy and international relations journals. 

Jim Thurman, Co-Principal Investigator, is Associate Professor of Political Science and History at Central Wyoming College (CWC) in Riverton, WY, and an adjunct in international studies at the University of Wyoming. Thurman holds M.A. degrees in Political Science (University of Louisville), Humanities (California State University), and is completing a Ph.D. in Political Science at Bilkent University. He has taught in Germany, the Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan, in addition to the College of DuPage and the University of Louisville. He has experience as a linguist and intelligence analyst for the U.S. Army, as well as a decade of work with refugees and internally displaced persons, in connection with the U.S. State Department, UNHCR, and the International Organization for Migration. 

Bruce Anderson is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Western Wyoming Community College. He holds an MA in Political Science and a BA in Political Science and Spanish from Utah State University. He has also completed major course work and comprehensive exams for a Ph.D. in Political Science, with emphasis in comparative politics, international relations, and Latin American studies, from Miami University of Ohio. He regularly teaches courses on International Relations and Non-Western Political Cultures, along with other courses on politics, government, and sociology. 

Roger Davidson is Chair of the Business and Social Science Division and a tenured Professor of Sociology and Psychology in the Northern Wyoming Community College District in Sheridan, Wyoming. Davidson holds Bachelors and Masters' degrees in Sociology from the University of Wyoming and a Ph.D. in Sociology, with specialization in social change, from Colorado State University.

Erich Frankland is the Director of the International Studies Program at Casper College and a faculty member of its Political Science and History Departments. Frankland completed his advanced graduate work in Political Science at the University of Oklahoma where he received his M.A. in Political Science. Frankland serves as Director of the Casper Committee on Foreign Relations, and also serves in various college organizations dealing with international and multicultural groups and activities.

David Marcum is the Director of the Government Studies and International Studies Programs, and a member of the political science faculty, at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He holds M.A. degrees in international studies and Public Administration from the University of Wyoming.

Court Merrigan directs the Learning Skills Lab and is a faculty member at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming. He holds an MA in Japanese from the University of Sheffield.

Jeanette Reisenburg is the Project Coordinator for the International Studies Program at UW and has worked for the University since 1985. She holds a Master's in Economics from Montana State University.

Thomas Seitz is an Assistant Professor in international studies at the University of Wyoming. Seitz received his B.A. degree from the University of the State of New York, his M.A. from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Cambridge University. He has been a Fulbright Fellow to Korea and Indonesia.

Steve Walker is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwest Collegei in Powell, Wyoming. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from West Virginia University, an M.A. in Political Science from West Virginia University, and an M.A. in History from Portland State University. He has recently published two articles in the South Korean magazine Good Morning Incheon, and was recently appointed as an Advisor for Foreign Policy by the Policy Planning Division of the Incheon Metropolitan City. Starting in March 2010, he will also serve as a consultant for the "English Friendly City, Incheon" advisory committee of Incheon Metropolitan City.

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