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Three USF Professors Receive Fulbright Grants for 2010-2011
December 20, 2010

Recipients of the recently announced 2010-2011 Fulbright faculty awards included three of USF’s own professors. John Petrila and Margarethe Kusenbach from the USF Tampa campus, and Judithanne Scourfield-McLauchlan from the St. Petersburg campus will travel abroad where they will teach and conduct research to further their academic interests.

A professor in the department of Mental Health Law & Policy since 1992, John Petrila has been awarded the Fulbright Scholar grant to visit the Netherlands where he will lecture and conduct research at Maastricht University on forensic and mental health issues. Petrila will spend six months at the university completing his project titled, “International Perspectives on the Rights of Individuals with Mental Disabilities; Developing a Forensic Psychology Research Program for the Netherlands.” A member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network, Petrila is widely published on the subject of mental health and policy issues affecting both adults and juveniles. He also serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health and Professional Psychology and Law.

Margarethe Kusenbach, associate professor at the USF Tampa campus, will lecture and conduct research at the Institute for Sociology at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany. While there, she will mentor undergraduate and graduate students in sociology while studying current issues and directions in qualitative research on cities and communities in Germany. Networking with leading scholars in the areas of urban and community sociology as well as qualitative research across universities in Germany, Kusenbach will combine her five month Fulbright grant period with a sabbatical from USF, extending her stay up to a year. Titled “Understanding Cities and Communities: Qualitative Research in Germany and the United States”, her project will create a comparison between the United States and Germany, and help facilitate academic exchange between the two countries.

An assistant professor in Government and International Affairs at the USF St. Petersburg campus, Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, is also the Pre-Law Advisor and the director of Civic Engagement. Dr. McLauchlan who is currently in the Republic of Moldova in Eastern Europe will use her Fulbright grant to stay on and finish her project titled, “U.S. Constitutional Law and Judicial Process”. She is highly knowledgeable about American government and politics given her experience in academia and working with the United States judicial system, the White House, and in numerous presidential campaigns. Dr. McLauchlan’s documents her experiences in Moldova on her blog at