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U of I Faculty Member and Alumnus Receive Fulbright Awards

May 05, 2020

MOSCOW, Idaho — May 5, 2020 — One faculty member and one recent alumnus from the University of Idaho’s Department of Politics and Philosophy have been awarded Fulbright awards for the 2020-21 academic year.

Casey Rebecca Johnson, an assistant professor of philosophy in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Canada in philosophy. Johnson will conduct research at the University of Calgary as part of a book project on philosophy of education and social epistemology.

“This award allows me to continue researching the ways in which we rely on one another for help with our knowledge-related goals,” Johnson said. “For inquiry, education and everyday decision making, we are vulnerable to the behavior of others. These vulnerabilities, I argue, mean that we have obligations to help one another, in at least some knowledge-producing contexts.”

Johnson is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-20 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

Olivia Comstock, a 2019 alumna from Boise who earned a degree in philosophy, received a Fulbright Open Study/Research award to Germany, where she will use her wide-ranging education in philosophy, art and gender theory to examine practical approaches to engage the public with art museums.

“My project consists of designing and implementing workshops for adults at the Museum FLUXUS+ in Potsdam,” Comstock said. “These workshops will let participants engage with the museum's collection of artifacts in a fun, creative and childlike manner to promote understanding of art in diverse audiences.”

Comstock joins two other University of Idaho Fulbright recipients announced earlier this semester — Michael Bishop (a Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative writing from Waianae, Hawaii) and Annarose Qualls (a 2019 alumna in international studies, Spanish and Latin American studies from Moscow).

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