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Fulbright Award: James McCann

James McCann, Professor of Political Science, has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship. McCann will be Fulbright Canada Research Chair in North American Politics at Carleton University during the fall 2021 semester.

McCann’s research at Carleton University will address issues of cross-national political engagement among Americans who live in Canada but who, in many cases, “continue to follow politics in the US and take part from the distance in elections.” Some of the questions McCann is interested in include ”What prompts such transnational political engagement among American expatriates?  What are the implications of this for involvement in Canadian politics?  Do transnational political activities undercut engagement in local civic life in Canada?  Is involvement in both the American and Canadian contexts complementary?”

McCann describes his Fulbright appointment at Carleton as an “ideal setting to investigate immigration, transnationalism, and political involvement. Several of the faculty there work in these areas, and we are sure to have many engaging interactions.”

James McCann’s recent published work includes Holding Fast: Resilience and Civic Engagement among Latino Immigrants. This book, co-authored with Michael Jones-Correa and published by the Russell Sage Foundation, focuses on the reactions of Hispanic immigrants to the 2016 US Presidential election. His book Republic at Risk, with  Walter J. Stone, will be published later this year.

McCann received his doctorate from the University of Colorado. He has been at Purdue University since 1991.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 during the administration of President Truman. The Program’s goal is “to increase mutual understanding, and support friendly and peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”