UT Arlington Political Science Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers has been named the 2013-2014 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. She will be in residence during spring 2014.
Farrar-Myers, an expert on the American
presidency, will conduct research on executive foreign policy-making with a
particular emphasis on the Pacific Rim, take part in graduate and undergraduate
seminars and deliver public lectures on a speaking tour throughout Australia.
am honored and humbled to have such a tremendous opportunity to help increase
mutual understanding,” said Farrar-Myers, a Distinguished Teaching Professor in
the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts. “We can learn much from each other about how
past commitments, institutional structures and current political contexts
affect foreign policies and relationships between countries.”
added: “Perhaps most importantly, and an aspect about which I am most excited,
this research will enable me to explore these issues within the context of U.S.
and Australian policy with and involving China, thus, allowing me to take
advantage of and contribute to Flinders University’s recently created Centre for United States and Asia Policy Studies.”
UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari
said the Fulbright Distinguished Chair honor places Farrar-Myers and the UT
Arlington faculty in the most prestigious circles for research and academic excellence.
“Dr. Farrar-Myers represents the very
best among UT Arlington faculty,” Karbhari said. “She is most deserving of the
Fulbright Distinguished Chair, and her research will be of enormous benefit to
our international and American colleagues and students as UT Arlington gains
prominence around the globe.”
is one of only 17 Americans to be recognized as a Fulbright Scholar to
Australia in 2013. The Fulbright Distinguished Chair is intended to increase
the awareness of the study of American politics and government in Australia and
promote comparative and collaborative research in political science between
Australia and the United States.
program is viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright
Scholars Program, which is
sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State
Department. More than 800 Fulbright scholars are selected every year, but only
39 are named distinguished chairs.
Farrar-Myers joined UT Arlington in
1998. She was a 2012 recipient of The University of Texas System Regents’
Outstanding Teaching Award. She was an American Political Science Association
Congressional Fellow and has been a national finalist for The Congressional
Medal of Honor Society’s Citizen Service Before Self Honors.
Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, provost and vice
president for academic affairs, said of Farrar-Myers: “Her impact on her
students and colleagues has been immeasurable. Her potential is limitless, and
we are fortunate to count her as our colleague.”
Farrar-Myers earned her bachelor’s
degree in political science from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. She
holds a master of political science degree from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign and a doctoral degree in political science from the State
University of New York at Albany.
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