Cher Weixia Chen receives 2023-2024 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award

Cher Weixia Chen, associate professor in the School of Integrative Studies, the founder of the Human Rights and Global Justice Initiative, a Senior Scholar of the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, and a faculty fellow of the Institute for a Sustainable Earth, will be traveling to Canada for the fall semester of 2023 as the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice at the University of Ottawa. She plans to use this time to work on her manuscript focusing on the cross-cultural analysis of prohibition against workplace sexual harassment. She will also explore potential collaborations with the esteemed Human Rights Research and Education Center at the University of Ottawa and investigate opportunities for partnership with the Social Justice and Human Rights programs at Mason, including the concentration, minor, and graduate programs, as well as the Human Rights and Global Justice Initiative.  

"It is such an honor to be awarded as a Fulbright scholar. I am looking forward to making full use of this opportunity to establish strong research and exchange relationships that will not only benefit my own academic pursuits but also contribute to the advancement of Mason as an institution," she says.  

Chen is one of three CHSS faculty who have been selected as recipients of 2023-2024 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards. Nathaniel Greenberg, associate professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, will be traveling to Spain, while Mills Kelly, professor of history and director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM), will be traveling to Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.  

In addition, Debra Lattanzi Shutika, associate professor in the Department of English and director of Mason’s Watershed Lit Center for Literary Engagement and Practice, is currently completing a research and teaching Fulbright award in Ireland, and Tiffany Thames Copeland, an adjunct faculty member with the African and African American Studies program, is spending the year in the Republic of Ghana as a Fulbright scholar. 

“It has been quite a while that Mason has landed so many Fulbrights,” said Anne Schiller, Mason’s Fulbright Scholar Liaison and professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. “We should be very proud that our CHSS faculty are being recognized for their excellence in this way.”