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Professor Gould Wins Fulbright for Research in Slovakia

Colorado College Political Science Professor John Gould has been named a 2016 Fulbright Scholar and will travel to Slovakia to research the politics of nationalism and sexual minorities in that country and beyond. He also will teach at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations at Comenius University. The research project develops from 15 preliminary interviews Gould did in Slovakia in June 2014 and will complement research he already is doing on the LGBTQ communities in Russia, Serbia, and Bosnia.

The six months Gould will spend during the winter and spring of 2016 conducting research and teaching in Slovakia should form the basis for an entirely new field of research in Slovak studies. "While there has been some local research in the topic, currently, there is very little English-language academic literature in LGBTQ studies on Slovakia," he said. "The Fulbright will shape my research and enable me to cast new light on a poorly investigated chapter in the struggle for human rights in post-communist Europe."

The Fulbright also provides Gould's second opportunity to teach in the former Czechoslovakia. In spring 1996 he taught at Comenius and Masaryk Universities as a Civic Education Project Fellow. "It was an unforgettable, transformative teaching experience that changed the direction of my Ph.D. research and set me on the path I follow today," he said. "The relationships I made in 1996 have helped drive my academic career for the last 18 years."

Gould plans use the Fulbright research to write one to two journal articles on identity politics and sexual minorities in Slovakia. Later these articles will form part of a book he is writing on the politicized use of homophobia in post-communist Europe.

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