Binghamton University scholar, two students receive prestigious Fulbright awards


     A Binghamton University scholar and two doctoral students have been awarded Fulbright grants and are spending the academic year overseas.  Assistant Professor Thomas Sinclair is spending the fall semester doing research and teaching in Kraków, Poland, as a Fulbright scholar. 

     Doctoral student Susan Pietrzyk is in Harare, Zimbabwe, to undertake ethnographic research concerning HIV/AIDS, gender and sexuality, while fellow doctoral student Vern Walker is in Vienna, Austria to write his dissertation, which is tentatively titled The Poetics of Pacifism.  Sinclair, chair of the Department of Public Administration in Binghamton University’s new College of Community and Public Affairs, will teach a course about performance budgeting in a regional public administration school, the Malpolska School of Public Administration.  In addition, Sinclair will begin work on a book inspired by the questions he gets from MPA students at Binghamton.

     Pietrzyk holds a bachelor’s degree from Knox College and worked for 15 years in Washington, D.C., in international development. She earned a master’s degree in anthropology from Binghamton in 2005 and expects to receive a doctorate from the Anthropology Department in 2010.

     Walker expects to earn a doctorate from the comparative literature department in December 2007. He plans to concentrate on the post-World War II Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann and how her works were influenced by the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.

     Sinclair, Pietrzyk and Walker are among some 1,200 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad in 2006-07 through the Fulbright Student Program, which operates in more than 150 countries worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Last Updated: 9/17/13