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BC Political Scientist Named Fulbright Specialist

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (April 2013) – Boston College Political Science Professor David A. Deese has been appointed to the United States Fulbright Program national roster of Fulbright Specialists.

David Deese
David Deese

The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas, and awards grants in select disciplines for short-term collaborative projects in more than 100 countries.

“It is indeed exciting to broaden my mission, and to serve as a scholarly resource for universities and research centers from Indonesia to South Africa, Russia, or China," said Deese, whose research focuses on the international dimensions of political economic reform in developing, resource-based states and the Middle East region in particular.

The author of The International Political Economy of Trade; Globalization: Causes and Effects; Economic Freedom: Causes and Consequences; and World Trade Politics: Power, Principles, and Leadership, Deese also studies leadership of international bargaining and negotiations and the interaction of economics and security in U.S. foreign policy.

In addition to his research activities, Deese's academic training and professional career focuses significantly on cross-cultural education, exchanges, & program development, including helping Dartmouth College to establish a foreign study program; participating in three foreign study programs as a student; serving as inter-cultural relations officer in the U.S. Navy in Italy and, as chief of staff to a commodore, serving as liaison for all port visits & ship turn-overs for squadron in 6th Fleet to Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Tunisia, Spain, and France.

At BC, he led the creation of two new summer study programs, one on the European Union in Belgium and one in Kuwait, which evolved into a BC-American University of Kuwait partnership. He also has served as an external reviewer for BC foreign study programs in South America, Middle East, Australia, and Europe.

In addition, for nearly two decades he taught foundation courses in international relations and American foreign policy at Harvard Extension School to adult students of varying cultural backgrounds.

The Specialist Roster was developed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the NGO Council for International Exchange of Scholars. It is a directory of U.S. scholars and professionals who applied through an open competition, were selected by a panel of their peers, and were approved by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. For more information about the Fulbright Specialist Program, visit

Office of News & Public Affairs; intern Meghan Dunn '15 contributed to this report.