UCC hosting 7 USA Fulbright students

1 Nov 2019
Fulbright Ireland USA 2019 2020

31 U.S. Fulbright Awardees will visit Ireland to undertake study, research, and lecturing during 2019-2020. Specialists and students taking part in the programme are from a variety of disciplines, focusing on diverse areas such as refugee integration, culture and identity, sustainable practices, gender-based violence, language technology and health care.

University College Cork will host seven U.S. Fulbrighters this academic year - the highest number in an Irish institution.

As a Fulbright Awardee to UCC, Kimberly Reyes is continuing her investigations of race, class and society, while completing a MA in Irish Writing and Film with a focus on Performative Postcolonial Identity. She holds a MA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and is the author of three books: Warning Coloration (2018), Life During Wartime (2018), Running to Stand Still (2019). UCC English Department will celebrate the Irish Launch of her book Running to Stand Still in the O’Rahilly Building on 12 November 2019.

Marit Bovbjerg is currently at UCC as a Fulbright Scholar, working with investigators from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre on various projects related to maternity care in Ireland. An Assistant Professor of epidemiology at Oregon State University, her research focuses on maternity care in the US, with an emphasis on midwifery care and community birth.

Jane Rigler flautist, composer, improviser and educator, is featured in contemporary music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe. As an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), she teaches flute, composition, improvisation, sound art, computer music and listening. While at UCC, she is teaching "Composing and Performing Experimental Music" in which she is incorporating her work as a Deep Listening® teacher/facilitator. Throughout the academic year she will be conducting research for a new chamber instrumental and vocal ensemble composition inspired by the Ogham stones and ancient trees.

Frani O’Toole is a recent graduate of Yale University, where she studied art history and English. At UCC she is pursuing a degree in Creative Writing, advancing her thesis work which consisted of short fiction in ekphrastic response to experimental video. Interested in art and writing, she hopes to use the Fulbright as an opportunity to find new ways to collaborate. 

Arriving at UCC in the New Year, Dr Kamini Singha is the Ben Fryrear Endowed Professor for Innovation and Excellence at the Colorado School of Mines. Her research interests focus on hydrogeology and environmental geophysics. As a Fulbright Scholar, she will collaborate with staff at UCC in these areas. She is a recipient of a U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award and the Early Career Award from the Society of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics.

Meta Newhouse will teach a graduate workshop in Guerrilla Advertising techniques at UCC from January 2020. She will also continue her research on her Guerrilla Advertising book entitled Guerrillantics. An award-winning designer, design educator and filmmaker, her work is published in 40+ professional design books and annuals. She is a Professor in Graphic Design and the Director of DSEL at Montana State University. Recently, one of her posters about climate change was added to the permanent collections of the V&A Museum, Les Arts Decoratifs de Paris, Stedelijk Museum Breda, the Lahti Poster Museum and Designmuseum Danmark.

Abigail Severance will be in residence at Film and Screen Media at UCC from June 2020. She will undertake research and production of an essay film on Irish stone walls, their anthropocene histories and contemporary questions of borders, migration and imagination. Abigail is Faculty in the School of Film/Video at CalArts, where she was Associate Dean from 2012-2016. Her films investigate history and landscape with an emphasis on identity and the contradictions of nostalgia, and have screened widely. She has received Film Independent and Wasserman Fellowships, and her feature project The Summer We Drowned was a Sundance Producers project. 

The Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding globally and is the flagship international educational exchange program in U.S. with exchange opportunities in more than 160 countries worldwide. The Fulbright Commission in Ireland annually awards grants for Irish citizens to study, research, or teach in the U.S. and for Americans to do the same in Ireland.  

For information on how to apply for a Fulbright Irish Award to the USA or partner with Fulbright to host a U.S. Awardee, visit


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