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Professor Kirk James Beattie Awarded Fulbright to Study in Egypt

April 15, 2013

Chair of the Political Science and International Relations Department, Professor Kirk Beattie has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to examine the impact that different educational tracks have on an Egyptian student's later political involvement.

Beattie said this project is "one that I've thought about for a long, long time."

Beattie will be in Egypt for the coming academic year, but this will not be the first time he's lived in Egypt. He first went to Egypt in 1976, when he was chosen to study Arabic as a Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) full-year fellow.

"I found Egypt to be a fascinating country," he said. "The richness of its history, the complexity of its politics…the people are very warm and engaging."

Across a span of several decades, Beattie has lived in Egypt for over six years, including on a previous Fulbright-Hays Grant.  His research has resulted in two books, Egypt During the Nasser Years and Egypt During the Sadat Years.

"I'm looking forward to going back…I have friends there," he said.

Beattie is also looking forward to sharing his experiences with the Simmons and Academic community when he returns. "I like to tell stories in my classes…talking about things that I've observed directly," he said.  "To be there is to get a real sense of what's happening."

Update: Due to unrest in the region, Beattie's Fulbright has been postponed.

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