CSUB professor receives Fulbright scholarship

September 10, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
Professor receives Scholarship Photo

Andy Alali, a California State University, Bakersfield communications professor, has been accepted into the Fulbright Scholar Program for lecturing and research in Nigeria, West Africa for the 2008-09 academic year.

The program, established by the U.S. Congress in 1946 by J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, was developed to promote "mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world."

Fulbright grants are given to academicians from the United States and other countries for a variety of educational activities including lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Each year, 800 scholars are sent to more than 140 countries to carry out these activities.

During his Fulbright year, Alali will teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in mass communications at the University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria. He will also devote part of his Fulbright to conducting comprehensive research on "Media, Militancy and Petro-Violence in Nigeria."

According to an official statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, "Alali's research proposal…is relevant to Nigeria's ongoing democratic experience. His desire to assess the role of the media and policy implications of characterizations of militancy and petro-violence in this important country aligns with our mission strategic plan goal of promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law."

Alali was 19 years old when he left his home in Nigeria for the United States to attend college. Alali received his bachelor's in telecommunications from Alabama A & M University, his master's in journalism and radio/television from Murray State University and doctorate in mass communications from Howard University.