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Press Release for Friday, July 11, 2008

UNF Anthropology Professor Receives Fulbright Award

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Ron Lukens-Bull, an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of North Florida, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to conduct research and to lecture at the State Islamic Institute in North Sumatra, Indonesia, during the fall semester.

Lukens-Bull, an Intracoastal resident, will spend five months in Indonesia and will conduct research that will examine the changes in Islamic education over the past 14 years, the last major period of research on the topic.

Since his original research on the topic in the ‘90s, Indonesia and the world have changed. “The time is ripe for looking at current trends in Islamic education,” he said.

Lukens-Bull is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Fulbright award recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

“The Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant is a highly prestigious award given to scholars who have excelled in their field of expertise,” said Dr. Adam Shapiro, chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UNF. “We are proud of Dr. Lukens-Bull and anticipate that this grant will lead to further contributions to the field.”

Lukens-Bull has a strong research agenda that centers on Islamic religion, education, politics and globalization in Indonesia. He has authored three books, including his most recent book “A Peaceful Jihad: Negotiating Identity and Modernity in Muslim Java.”

A UNF professor since 1999, he received his doctorate in social-cultural anthropology from Arizona State University. He has received numerous grants and scholarships, including the Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant, the US-Indonesia Society Travel Grant and the UNF Faculty Summer Research Grant.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world.