CPIA professor Nancy Wei named Fulbright Scholar

CPIA professor Nancy Wei named Fulbright Scholar

Chunjuan Nancy Wei, an associate professor at the College of Public and International Affairs (CPIA) at the University of Bridgeport, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.

The Fulbright Scholar Program, the country’s premier academic-exchange, sends hundreds of U.S. faculty, students, and professionals each year to countries around the world to conduct research, teach, and lecture.

Dr. Wei is the fourth CPIA faculty member to be named a Fulbright Fellow.

As a Fellow, she will travel to Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the spring and summer of 2015 to conduct research on Cross-Strait Relations between Taiwan and the PRC.

Relations between self-ruled Taiwan and China were strained for more than six decades before they began to warm in 2008. Dr. Wei is conducting research into factors that grossly eroded Cross-Strait relations between 2000 to 2008 for a book that she is writing. She will also conduct preliminary research on the history of Taiwan’s claims on the South China Sea.

Dr. Wei said she was “grateful to the University of Bridgeport for its Seed Money Grant in 2009 and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Research Grant in 2010.” Both enabled part of her research in Taiwan that led to the Fulbright award.

CPIA Dean Thomas Ward said, “Professor Wei has been working on this topic since the days of her dissertation. She brings to the field a wide range of knowledge and expertise in Taiwan, the PRC, and the United State’s position on this important question. We’re proud of her accomplishments and are thrilled that she’s been given this opportunity.”

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu