NEWPORT, R.I. – Symeon A. Giannakos, director of the graduate program in international relations at Salve Regina University, will spend the spring semester in Albania through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program.
Giannakos will assist with the launch of an international affairs program at the University of New York Tirana, where he will teach graduate courses, assist with curriculum development and review course offerings and assessment reports.
During his stay through June, Giannakos will focus on learning the Albanian language to complete his long-term objective of becoming a scholar who can conduct original research in all of the major languages in the region. His research deals with nationalism and ethnic conflict in the Balkans, and he has already published a sample of his approach in Ethnic Conflict: Religion, Identity and Politics under the title “Patterns of Geopolitical Interaction in Southeast Europe.”
“I hope to become familiar with Albanian politics, the political situation in Kosovo and Macedonia, and with the regional political situation in general,” Giannakos said. “I hope to be able to carry out original research and return with a bit of retooling.”
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Giannakos is one of three faculty members from Rhode Island to receive a Fulbright award this semester.
Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholar and operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
Giannakos, who resides in Barrington, has a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State College, and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Virginia.