Boston College Law School Professor David Wirth is one of 13 new Fulbright U.S. Scholar Alumni Ambassadors, the  Institute of International Education, which administers the Fulbright Scholar Program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has announced.

David Wirth

David Wirth (Photo by Suzanne Camarata)

The ambassadors, whose mission is to increase the program’s nationwide visibility and to expand the diversity of future participants, serve a two-year term as official representatives of the Fulbright Scholar Program at campus presentations and academic conferences across the nation. Selected from the full spectrum of United States academic disciplines, higher education, and geographic regions, the ambassadors share their Fulbright experience at multiple outreach events each year.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be asked to serve as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador,” said Wirth, the only law professor selected. “Fulbright opportunities have greatly enriched my own life and career, and this is a wonderful opportunity to give back in the form of service to the program and to future candidates. So many scholars and researchers can benefit from the program in ways that are often not fully appreciated.”

In 2016-17, as a Fulbright Scholar in Russia, Wirth served as the first Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Sustainable Development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He also engaged with the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Regional Research Program during 1996-97. His work with the OSCE, the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization, was focused on the environment as a safety issue, which brought him to Budapest, London, Paris, Geneva, Brussels, and other European cities, in addition to Vienna.  

Phil Gloudemans | University Communications | October 2020