FLUSHING, NY, April 8, 2011 ─ Denmark has given many things to this country, including Legos, Carlsbad beer and Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. Now Queens College will be giving college students in Denmark a gift in return – the inspired teaching of Political Science Professor Michael A. Krasner.
Thanks to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, this fall Krasner will be teaching three courses as a distinguished professor in the American Studies program at Southern Denmark University in Odense. Krasner says he is considering an undergraduate course on the Obama presidency and a graduate course on food politics. The latter would focus on how power and profits shape the production and consumption of food – often to the detriment of human health and the environment.
Sponsored by the U.S. Government, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar exchange program offers opportunities for American faculty to conduct research, lecture and consult with other scholars abroad. Fulbright recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Operating in over 155 countries, the Fulbright program is one of the most prestigious awards programs in the world. Forty-three Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes – including two in 2010, Peter A. Diamond and Ei-ichi Negishi – and 78 have won Pulitzer Prizes.
“This is a great honor,” says Krasner. “I look forward to working again with my Danish colleagues, who combine scholarship and education with real-world concerns. I hope to collaborate with them on research, community projects and a conference on contemporary American society.”
“Professor Krasner’s Fulbright is a testament to his fine work as an educator and scholar and speaks highly of our faculty, who consistently receive recognition for their work,” adds QC Provost James Stellar. “These teaching opportunities abroad not only reinforce the college’s commitment to global education, but also are an important aspect of the Obama administration’s international agenda to foster educational exchanges.”
This is Krasner’s second Fulbright teaching fellowship in Denmark. He received his first in 1983-84 to teach at the University of Aarhus, where he served as a visiting professor and researcher the following year.
An expert in government and politics, Krasner is co-director of the college’s Taft Institute for Government, which promotes better understanding of the political process among young people; he also is associate director of the Michael Harrington Center for Democratic Values and Social Change. Since 1970 he has been a Political Science professor at QC, where he teaches courses on politics and the media; presidential, gubernatorial and mayoral elections; American foreign policy; public policy; and arms control and disarmament. Krasner also administers his department’s internship program, which offers students experience working for elected officials, media, community and advocacy groups, government agencies and the legal system.
Working with QC Political Science Professor Francois Pierre-Louis, in 2002 Krasner developed a community leadership, empowerment and citizenship training program for new immigrant, minority and low-income groups in New York City. The Hazen Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation and the New York Community Trust have supported this program with generous grants. Since 1996 Krasner has worked with teachers of Townsend Harris and other local high schools to develop a rigorous election-simulation model to involve students in the electoral process. Krasner has also written several books and articles and lectures on grass-roots politics and social movements.
Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) is dedicated to the idea that a first-rate education should be accessible to talented individuals of all backgrounds and financial means. Its students come from over 150 nations and speak scores of languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment. Each year Queens College has been cited by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. More info: www.qc.cuny.edu .