Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh travels to India as Fulbright scholar

Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Associate Professor of Political Science, served as U.S. Senior Fulbright Guest Professor at O.P. Jindal Global University in India during a three-week trip in March, 2015. In 2014, Dr. Sankoh was approved for the the Senior Specialist Fulbright Award Roster for overseas exchange from the U.S. Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). This designation confers five years of eligibility for short-term Fulbright faculty exchanges with institutions throughout the world. (More information about Dr. Sankoh's Fulbright award is available in this story from February 2014.)


During his service as a Fulbright scholar at the O.P. Jindal Global University, Dr. Sankoh taught a graduate class in Global Migration & Refugees; evaluated dissertation proposals; participated in workshops, seminars, and speaking engagements; met international students; and visited a Tibetan refugee camp in New Dehli, India. The O.P. Jindal Global University is a private university with a strong focus on foreign relations, diplomacy, political leadership, and public service. The university has a strong presence of international students, many of them from the developing world. 

Upon his return from India, Dr. Sankoh emphasized his interest in building a relationship between Daemen and O.P Jindal Global University in such areas as International Studies, Migration & Refugee Studies, and Service Learning. He expressed appreciation to the Fulbright program and the U.S. Institute for International Education for the opportunity to travel to India. "I like India, its people, and its culture, and look forward to continuous positive relations between US and India," Sankoh wrote. 

During his time as a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Sankoh also plans to travel to Botswana, Poland, Ukraine, and Sierra Leone, and will draw upon these experiences for his current research on comparative global genocide since World War II. Among other case studies, he is focusing on Jewish, African, Burmese, and Syrian people.

Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh displays a medal 
awarded by O.P. Jindal Global University
after returning to Daemen

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