New Mexico State University professors get Fulbright grants

April 24, 2002 by Jack King NMSU News Center

Two New Mexico State University professors have received Fulbright grants to teach and carry out research in foreign countries in 2002 and 2003.

Rani Alexander, an assistant professor of anthropology, will be a visiting scholar at the Autonomous University of Campeche in Campeche, Mexico, from September 2002 to May 2003. Philip Benson, an associate professor of management, will be a visiting scholar at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, from January to May 2003.

In Mexico, Alexander will undertake a project titled “Archaeology and Spanish Colonization in Southwestern Campeche,” aimed at studying changes in Maya culture brought about by Spanish colonization through comparing a pre-colonial site with a Spanish-era mission.

In the fall of 2002, she will teach a workshop on research design and quantitative methods in archaeology at the Campeche university. The course will be geared toward study of an archaeological site called Sahcabchen, where the Spanish established a mission and resettled Maya inhabitants in 1615. Alexander said the effort was unsuccessful and the mission was abandoned 50 years later. Beginning in January 2002, she will continue work previously begun at a site called Isla Cilvituk, which was occupied by the Maya from A.D. 900 until the Spanish conquest.

While in Mexico, Alexander will work with the Centro de Investigaciones Historicas y Sociales, an interdisciplinary group of Mexican scholars dedicated to heritage studies.

Philip Benson, an associate professor of management at New Mexico State University, has received a Fulbright grant to be a visiting scholar at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, from January to May 2003. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Philip Benson, an associate professor of management at New Mexico State University, has received a Fulbright grant to be a visiting scholar at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, from January to May 2003. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Benson will lecture on business and human resources management at Al-Akhawayn University and collect data for a study of human resources management in Morocco, he said.

The Fulbright Scholar Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, offered lecturing/research awards in approximately 140 countries for the 2003-2004 academic year.


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