Southeastern history professor Brooks Flippen named Fulbright Scholar


DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has its second Fulbright Scholar in the 71-year history of the prestigious scholarship program.

Dr. J. Brooks Flippen, professor of history at Southeastern, was recently named a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. G. Stevenson Smith, recently retired as John Massey Endowed Chair Professor of Accounting, was Southeastern’s first Fulbright Scholar in 2011.

Flippen has received a “Fulbright Scholar Grant” from the U.S. Department of State to teach at South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China, for the 2017-2018 academic year.

South China Normal University is a comprehensive Chinese university with a student population of approximately 35,000, located in the heart of Guangzhou.  It has one of the largest foreign student populations of any university in China.

“It is a real honor to receive this award, and I look forward to representing Southeastern and the State of Oklahoma in China,’’ Flippen said.

Flippen will be teaching courses on the history of American environmental and religious politics; in addition, he will be a member of the Fulbright “Lecturer’s Cohort,” in which he’ll present public lectures on American history when invited by organizations and universities throughout the country.

Classes begin in early September at the University.

Flippen specializes in modern American political/environmental history. He is the author of three books: “Conservative Conservationist: Russell E. Train and the Emergence of American Environmentalism,” “Nixon and the Environment,” and “Jimmy Carter, the Politics of Family and the Rise of the Religious Right.’’

He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1995 and holds degrees from Washington and Lee University, the University of Richmond, and the University of Maryland.

The Fulbright Program is an American scholarship program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946.

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