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For Immediate Release
August 12, 2009

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Nicholas Mascari

College at Brockport English Professor Awarded Fulbright Grant

Sharon Allen, PhD, to Teach in Portugal

Brockport, NY – Sharon L. Allen, PhD, assistant professor of comparative literature in the Department of English at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, has won a Fulbright fellowship to Portugal for the fall 2009 semester, where she will teach courses in comparative literature and literary theory at the University of Lisbon.

Fulbright grants are among the most prominent and competitive awards for American academics. “We are delighted about Dr. Allen’s accomplishments as a Fulbright awardee,” said J. Roger Kurtz, PhD, chairperson of The College at Brockport’s Department of English. “Winning this prestigious competition is one marker of the high quality of our faculty. In addition, her experience teaching in Portugal will tremendously enrich her classes at Brockport.”

A member of The College at Brockport faculty since 2005, Allen holds a PhD in comparative literature from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in Soviet and East European Studies from Yale University. At The College at Brockport, she is a key member of the world literature faculty with specialties in the areas of Slavic and Luso-Brazilian literatures, and contemporary European literatures, modernism, and literary theory. Allen is a regular participant in international conferences on Slavic and comparative literatures, and she has numerous scholarly publications in her fields. Her scholarly work includes primary research as well as translation work in Portuguese, French and Russian.

The Fulbright program was established in 1946 as a way to promote international understanding and the scholarly interaction of resources and ideas through educational exchanges. The rigorous selection process requires applicants to pass screening committees both in the United States and abroad.

The Department of English at The College at Brockport has had good success in the Fulbright program. In addition to Allen, three other department members have been Fulbright Fellows: recently retired professor emeritus John Maier, PhD, in Morocco and Syria; Greg Garvey, PhD, in Russia; and Roger Kurtz, PhD, on two separate occasions, to East Africa.

For more information on the Fulbright scholarship program, see For the Universidade de Lisboa, see

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