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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis

ARLINGTON - Alusine Jalloh, associate professor of history and director of The Africa Program at UT Arlington, along with Ritu Khanduri, assistant professor of anthropology, have been named Fulbright Scholars.

Ritu Khanduri

The program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, offers U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars.

Khanduri will use her grant to support ethnographic research on women in the field of engineering. She plans to spend part of her time this year and the next conducting study in India.

Jalloh will use his grant to do research on his book project, “Muslim Fula Business Elites and Politics in Twentieth Century Sierra Leone.” This summer he plans to teach at Fourah Bay College in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where he received his bachelor’s degree.

Alusine Jalloh

Fulbright Scholars are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. 

The program is named for the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas who, in 1945, introduced a bill in the United States Congress calling for the use of surplus war property to fund the “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.”


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