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Visiting Fulbright Scholar on campus

Professor Rukhsana Hasan
Visiting Fulbright Scholar Professor Rukhsana Hasan

Purdue Calumet and Ivy Tech Community College’s East Chicago campus are sharing the expertise, experience, and guidance of Fulbright Scholar Rukhsana Hasan of Rawalpindi, Pakistan this academic year. Professor Hasan devotes time to each campus.

Her visit is supported by a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Grant, written by Purdue Calumet Professor Colette Morrow and Purdue Calumet alumnus Jared Riddle, chair of English & Communication at Ivy Tech (EC). Professor Morrow met Professor Hasan when Morrow visited Pakistan in 2010 on a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant.

Extensive background

Professor Hasan earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Binghamton University in New York in 2003 and is editor of the Bi-annual Journal of Gender & Social Issues. Her teaching and research interests are gender and Islam, development studies, ethnic minorities in Pakistan, dowry practices and women’s economic rights, veiling practices among North American Muslims, and men’s roles in empowering emerging women leaders in education and public leadership in Pakistan. She serves as Chair of Gender Studies at Fatima Jinna University in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

“This experience is extremely useful for me and my students back home,” Professor Hasan said.  “Here, I have a chance of interacting with different scholars regarding the field of women and gender studies. Along with that, I will be able to learn new skills, both in pedagogy and research, and will be able to explore the possibility to conduct cross cultural research.”

Benefits to Purdue Calumet campus

Professor Rukhsana Hasan
Professor Rukhsana Hasan

The visiting professor will teach, conduct research and support curriculum development at Purdue Calumet, as well as give presentations to student, academic, and community organizations on campus and at regional universities.

“Professor Hasan’s presence in the region provides students and community residents the opportunity to enhance their understanding of West Asia, Islam, and Women’s and Gender Studies in a West Asian context,” Professor Morrow said. “She has published extensively on gender, ethnicity and development (with a focus on women’s economic and property rights).”

Overview of S-I-R

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program assists U.S. higher educational institutions in expanding programs of academic exchange. Last year, 46 institutions took advantage of opportunities provided by the program to internationalize programs, develop curricula and faculty, and diversify student and faculty experiences.