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UWF political science professor selected for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant

Dr. Alfred G. Cuzan, Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at the University of West Florida, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant. Cuzan will be affiliated with the University of Tartu, the national university of Estonia, where he will be teaching American politics and Latin American Politics during the spring 2016 semester. Founded in the 17th century, UT is one of the oldest universities in northern Europe, and the largest and most highly ranked institution of higher learning in Estonia.

“Receiving the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant at this point in my career is both a delight and an honor,” said Cuzan. “I’m grateful to have had strong support of colleagues through the application process and my entire time at UWF.”  “I am proud to be part of this institution,” he said.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given over 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists and other professionals the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Annually, The Fulbright Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and research grants to faculty and experienced professionals across the U.S. The Council for International Exchange, a division of the Institute of International Education, administers the program to ensure competitive selection of academics who will lecture and conduct research in their respective fields abroad.

A native of Cuba who arrived in the United States in 1961, Cuzan has been teaching and studying political science at UWF for 35 years. He served as chair of the Department of Government from 1992-2012.  During his time at UWF, he has served or chaired numerous committees, taught courses in American and comparative politics, and published many articles that have been widely cited nationally and internationally across a wide range of disciplines.

Cuzan earned a master and a doctorate in Political Science from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s in Government and Economics from the University of Miami.

To learn more about about the Fulbright Scholar Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit http://eca.state.gove/fulbright.  For more information about the UWF Department of Government visit,