NEIU Fulbright Scholars Recipients

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Two Northeastern Illinois University faculty members have received Fulbright Scholars Awards for academic year 2015-2016. They are:

Brandon Bisbey, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Bisbey has been awarded a Fulbright-García Robles grant to undertake research and teaching at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico. He will spend Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 doing research, finishing a book manuscript titled “Humor and Homosexuality in Contemporary Mexican Narrative,” which is about the uses of humor in literature with sympathetic portrayals of LGBT characters. Bisbey also will teach two courses about his research.

Kristen Over, Coordinator of the University Honors Program and Associate Professor of English

Over has been awarded a 10-month teaching and research grant at the University of Bergen in Norway. Beginning in August, she will teach American literature and culture at the undergraduate and graduate levels, focusing on narratives of social critique that can reframe the way we engage with U.S. cultural production. Over’s research project will examine practices of cultural engagement, in particular reading and interpretive practices, that teach us to hear or silence cultural critique.

“I congratulate Drs. Bisbey and Over, and I wish them productive and fulfilling experiences as Fulbright Scholars,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard J. Helldobler said. “Having our faculty selected as Fulbright Scholars is only one of many areas of excellence at our University, and we look forward to how these valuable educational experiences will enrich our students’ lives.”