PSC Professor Wins Prestigious Awards

April 24th, 2002 by Adam

Jeanne A. Dubino, associate professor of English at Plymouth State College, is the recipient of three important awards: a Fulbright Scholarship, a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute grant, and a Whiting Fellowship.

“I am very excited, I will admit!” said Dubino. “I was happy to get one of the big awards, but to get all three was rather amazing.”

“All of us at Plymouth State are enormously proud of Professor Dubino’s scholarly accomplishments, as recognized in her Fulbright award, her NEH grant, and her Whiting Fellowship,” said PSC President Donald P. Wharton. “Professor Dubino’s thoughtful scholarship and research, and her carefully crafted writing are clearly significant factors in this well-deserved recognition by the selection committees of these three awarding organizations. In addition, it is a mark of distinction for Plymouth State to have Professor Dubino on our faculty. And, most importantly, she is a stimulating and creative teacher whose influences on our students has been wide spread.”

As a Fulbright Scholar, Dubino will spend the 2002-2003 academic year teaching American literature and women’s studies at Egerton University in Njoro, Kenya in Africa.She will also pursue research, saying, “I am particularly interested in treating American literature as postcolonial literature. For many British readers and critics, American literature is ‘postcolonial.’ It will be fascinating to see how readers from other countries … regard American literature, and to consider the extent to which American literature is similar to other postcolonial literature.”

In July, Dubino will attend the NEH Summer Institute entitled “The Indian Ocean: Cradle of Globalization” at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The NEH offers summer institutes to college and university teachers to provide intensive collaborative study and to prepare participants to return to their classrooms with a deeper knowledge of current scholarship in the humanities. This institute directly relates to Dubino’s previous travel to the region. “As I had the opportunity to circumnavigate (and swim in!) the Indian Ocean,” Dubino explains, “I came to the strong realization that much of the world’s history and activity did not stem from nor center around the West … I became fascinated by the way globalization, a word often synonymous with westernization, took place and takes place away from western eyes and influence.”

Prior to her trip to Africa, Dubino will travel to London, England to study at the British Library, thanks to a grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation grant. Dubino will continue her work on British travel writers in Turkey. Dubino points out, “Following September 11th, the need to be informed about the Middle East is particularly urgent. I wish to consider ways to teach more effectively about the Middle East.” The British Library houses more the 150 books that relate directly to her research.