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College of Social Sciences hosts Fulbright Scholar

November 7, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans' College of Social Sciences was chosen to host Fulbright Visiting Scholar Paul Luif, Ph.D., senior fellow at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs in Vienna, Austria.

Luif is one of approximately 850 outstanding foreign faculty and professionals who teach and do research in the United States through the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program.

Luif, who holds a law degree from Vienna University and a degree in political science from the Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies, has been an assistant professor at Salzburg University in Austria and was visiting fellow and lecturer at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris and the International Christian University in Tokyo.

Luif is teaching a course for the political science department-The Politics of the European Union-and doing research on comparative environmental policies.

Mary Troy Johnston, associate professor of political science, participated in a conference with Luif in 2004, and says the department is honored to host him.

“He is one of Europe’s most distinguished scholars on the European Union, he lectures worldwide and has written several seminal works, especially on the englargement of the European Union,” Johnston said.

Luif is similarly pleased to teach at Loyola.

“I am very impressed by the nice campus and the facilities, in particular Monroe Library. For someone who lectures at Vienna University, a typical European mass university, the good organization at Loyola makes working and teaching a real pleasure,” Luif said.

Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in the U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The purpose of the program is to allow opportunities for international scholars and teachers to observe political, economic, educational and cultural institutions in the U.S.

The public will get to hear from Luif next week, when he presents “The European Union and Its Distance to the United States: How Can Europe Deal with the New U.S. Administration?” at the University of New Orleans. That lecture is on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 12:30 p.m., in the Center Austria Conference Room, Bicentennial Education Center, Room 138, on UNO’s campus.

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