The SINAS Fulbright Chair in American Studies
Since it was created in 1985, SINAS has benefitted greatly from co-operation with the Fulbright program. Over the years SINAS has had the good fortune of hosting a number of Fulbright scholars and lecturers, all of whom taught courses or conducted research at the institute (below). In the fall of 1996, a permanent Fulbright Chair was established at SINAS and Uppsala University. The Chair, which is the only one of its kind in the country, is jointly financed by the Swedish Fulbright Commission in Stockholm and Uppsala University and an appointment is made annually, generally for the full academic year.
The position is alternately held by senior scholars in American studies, broadly defined. It entails teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in American Studies, broadly defined, pursuing research, and building contacts in Uppsala and Sweden. Since its creation, the Fulbright Chair has provided an important opportunity for American scholars to lecture locally and nationally, something which has contributed significantly to the spread of American Studies in Sweden.
Fulbright Chair 2021/22
Cathryn Halverson, Minot State University
SINAS welcomes Cathryn Halverson to Uppsala who is this year’s Fulbright Chair in American Studies. She has been an associate professor of English and American Studies at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and is presently Associate Professor of World Cultures and Languages at Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota.
Halverson is the author of three monographs on women’s life narratives of the American West, most recently Faraway Women and the Atlantic Monthly (University of Massachusetts Press, 2019). At Uppsala she teaches courses on American literature while working on a biography of Juanita Harrison, an African American world traveler from Mississippi whose memoir became one of the bestsellers of 1936.
A short fim about the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in North American studies at SINAS, Uppsala University: