June 3, 2022

Professor Irline François earns second Fulbright award

Irline François has received a Fulbright Distinguished Professor Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a prestigious award in the Fulbright cohort.

  • Irline François

Goucher College is pleased to announce that Irline François, associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in the Humanities and Social Sciences for the 2022-2023 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Next year, Dr. François will teach at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, (PUC-Rio), Brazil, while conducting research on a second book project, titled: Afro-Brazilian Women Dismantling the Ideal of Racial (Gendered) Democracy.

Dr. François has long been a scholar of Brazil, one of her fields of expertise as a specialist in Latin American/Caribbean Literary and Gender Studies. At Goucher, she has taught a course on Brazilian cultural studies (WGS 229) Contemporary Brazilian Voices and presented her work on Brazil.

This is Professor François’ second Fulbright, a prestigious distinction. Dr. François received her first Fulbright teaching/research award in 2011-2012 when she taught one graduate course in Portuguese at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Nucleo de Estudos das Performances Afro-Amerindias, "Cinema e Género Internacional Da Afrodiáspora," and conducted research on affirmative action in Brazil. Apart from her two Fulbright awards, she has also served as a Fulbright Peer Reviewer in Washington, DC three times.  

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For over 75 years, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to challenges facing our communities and our world. More than 800 U.S. scholars, artists, and professionals from all backgrounds teach or conduct research overseas through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program annually. Additionally, over 1,900 diverse U.S. students, artists, and early career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants annually to study, teach English, and conduct research overseas.