SBS Fulbright Scholar Studying Democracy in Norway

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides nearly 800 teaching and research grants to 1,200 U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in various academic and professional fields in over 125 countries.

Recipients are chosen for being upcoming or excelling scholars, researchers, and skilled professionals in their specific field.

The University of Arizona (UA) is one of the Top Producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for 2015-2016. Many UA faculty members have traveled to various countries around the world to teach or conduct research on specific areas of expertise through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program including Suzanne Dovi, Stephen Kobourov and Craig Palmer.

Suzanne Dovi, an associate professor at the UA School of Government and Public Policy, was selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar and is currently living abroad in Oslo, Norway study democracy and the representation of women. Norway is also always ranked 1 or 2 for having the best democracy so she was curious what it would be like to live and work there.

Dovi currently has two associations; one is at Pluricourts which is a center for excellence that focuses on human rights and the legitimacy of international organizations and the other is the department of political science at the University of Oslo where Dovi will be teaching a Master’s course on Democracy and Equality.

Dovi is currently working on a project in Oslo about victim participation in the International Criminal Court (ICC).  In particular, she is interested in ways that victim participation can both promote and hinder judicial accountability and thereby the legitimacy of the ICC.  This paper tracks recent transformations of the ICC’s participatory regime.

“It is a very exciting place to be, reading groups, lecture series, and conferences with interdisciplinary audiences,” said Dovi.

Dovi became part of study group in OSLO, called GQUAL, which is interested in increasing the number of women on international human rights tribunals. She also wrote an op-ed about this issue and is planning to hold a conference on the topic when she returns to the U.S.

“My Fulbright has been an amazing opportunity to build academic collaborations and institutional connections,” said Dovi. Dovi’s advice to future scholar applicants is to “just do it." She said the University of Arizona was very supportive in terms of advice about applying. 

“Dale LaFleur was the best at giving advice about how to acquire an invitation and write the best application,” said Dovi. “I've grown so much as a scholar from this experience.”

The University of Arizona will be hosting Fulbright Week from March 21-25, 2016. Events include information sessions, panel events and one-on-one meetings with Fulbright representatives. More information can be found on the UA Fulbright portal.


Published Date: 

03/01/2016 - 1:34pm