Jonathan Schwartz (Political Science and International Relations) is two months into a 10-month stay in China as a Fulbright Scholar.
Schwartz left for China in September for Xi'an International Studies University and will return in July 2007.
Schwartz said the viewpoints and conceptions of politics of the advanced political science undergraduate students he teaches vary significantly from his students at New Paltz.
"The result is eyeopening and often refreshing," said Schwartz. "I will definitely change the way I approach these materials when I return home."
In China, Schwartz is conducting research on the subject of effective policy implementation at the local level with a focus on infectious disease control policies. He is interviewing local officials in government and public health, as well as doctors, as part of his research. He is also improving his Chinese and traveling around the country as part of his Fulbright responsibilities to deliver lectures at various universities.
Schwartz is the 15th New Paltz professor to receive a Fulbright Scholar Award in the last 22 years. Schwartz is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad during the 2007-2008 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.