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Fulbright Awarded to RSG Professor

By Amanda Morad | March 16, 2012

Dr. Mary Manjikian

Joining Regent University's list of Fulbright Scholars is Dr. Mary Manjikian, assistant professor in the Robertson School of Government (RSG). Manjikian was awarded a research grant to pursue her ongoing study of the politics of threat and how states organize against it. She will study at Durham University in the United Kingdom January through March of 2013.

Manjikian will build her research project around the notion of "emergency time," in which governing bodies suspend business as usual in order to control a dangerous situation. Her project will examine what happens to the relationship between an area's government, its law and its citizens during an emergency, particularly in the case of a pandemic or illness situation.

"Any category of Fulbright Award is a tremendous achievement, but receiving the United Kingdom appointment places Professor Manjikian in the 'elite of the elite,'" Dr. Gary Roberts, RSG Interim Dean explained. "This award is a clear external validation of the quality and impact of RSG and Regent faculty. We are delighted and proud of Professor Manjikian's groundbreaking and innovative research."

This summer, Manjikian will be writing her third book, Barring the Door: The Securitization of Property Squatting in Western Europe. This work looks at how open borders shape our thinking about fear, threat and identity and builds upon her first two books releasing this spring. All are tangentially related to the work she will be doing on the Fulbright grant.

Her first book, Threat Talk: Comparative Politics of Internet Addiction looks at why different states are more or less fearful of technology and its impact on their citizens. Apocalypse and Post-Politics: The Romance of the End looks at why citizens of the United States, arguably the safest country on earth, are obsessed with imagining their own end through apocalyptic fiction and film.

"Residence at Durham University will give me a chance to expand my thinking about threat through adopting a broad chronological approach," Manjikian said. "I hope that the work completed in England will form one chapter of a longer book which looks at how discourse about selected threats to state security (including piracy, pandemic and border security issues) has evolved or changed over time."

As a Fulbright grantee, Manjikian joins the ranks of distinguished participants in the Fulbright program. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers. They have been awarded 43 Nobel Prizes. Since its inception more than 60 years ago, approximately 300,000 Fulbright grants have been awarded.

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