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Mount St. Mary’s University Professor Patrice Flynn Selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Russia

Patrice FlynnEMMITSBURG, Md. (June 22, 2018) – Patrice Flynn, Ph.D., professor of business and economics and Morrison Professor of International Studies at Mount St. Mary’s University, has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board of the U.S. Department of State to be a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Russia.

Professor Flynn will spend the Spring 2019 semester on the campus of South Ural State University, a national research university located along the eastern Ural Mountains in Siberia working with Russian scholars to develop teaching materials for their business, finance, economics, and management programs. Because private business development is relatively new in Russia, South Ural State University lacks the curriculum to “pass on the business spirit to students and educate a new breed of businessperson” as desired by South Ural administrators, faculty, and students.    

Flynn is uniquely positioned to conduct such research and to advance the relationship between U.S. and Russian scholars based on her work across five continents, first as a social worker on the frontlines of socioeconomic development in Africa and Latin America, then at the University of Chicago honing her skills in economics, and subsequently as CEO of a basic and applied research institute and teacher-scholar at George Washington University in the 1990s, Johns Hopkins University in the 2000s, and Mount St. Mary’s since 2009. 

 “The project will yield benefits for Russian and U.S. academics, the students we serve, and my scholarly interests,” said Flynn. “I envision a productive collaboration during my time as a Fulbright Scholar and look forward to being part of this timely research effort.” Flynn is one of only six scholars nationwide selected for a Fulbright in Russia during the 2018-19 academic year.

Irina Savelieva, Ph.D., head of the School of Economics and Management at South Ural State University, described Patrice Flynn as “a well-known, award-winning teacher, scholar and business woman who possesses the necessary skills and knowledge to work well with Russian scholars on this research project.”

Mount St. Mary’s President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D., expressed confidence that Flynn’s project will be a success. “If anyone can help build a bridge here, it is Dr. Flynn who excels at this kind of academic and methodological challenge,” he said.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Distinguished participants in the program have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. They include 59 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 71 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the business, public and nonprofit sectors. 

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program was established in 1946 by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright who believed that international understanding could be improved through intercultural exchanges that foster open communication and long-term cooperative relationships in now 125 countries. The Fulbright Program in Russia was of particular interest to Senator Fulbright who believed “Education is the best means—probably the only means—by which nations can cultivate a degree of objectivity about each other’s behavior and intentions. It is the means by which Russians and Americans can come to understand each other’s aspirations for peace and how the satisfactions of everyday life may be achieved.” 

As a Fulbright U.S. Scholar awardee, Flynn is following in the footsteps of Kristen Urban, Ph.D., a political science professor at the Mount who taught in the American Studies Program at the University of Bahrain in 2003-04.

Flynn holds a Ph.D. in economics from University of Texas Austin, a M.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and a M.S.W. from Catholic University of America. She is a specialist in global capitalism, labor markets, the nonprofit sector, and autonomous humanoid robots. As a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, Flynn’s research and cultural interests have taken her to many corners of the globe, including India, Central and Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South and Central America, Russia, and much of North America.

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