Nigel Boyle Named a Fulbright Global Scholar to Research Liberal Arts Colleges in Pakistan, Vietnam and Germany

Nigel Boyle, Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Claremont, Calif. (March 21, 2019) – Nigel Boyle, dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs, has been named a Fulbright Global Scholar through a senior Fulbright grant for 2019-20. Next year, he will undertake three extended research trips to Pakistan, Germany and Vietnam as part of a research project focused on new liberal arts colleges.

In his abstract, Boyle writes: “The doom and gloom narrative in the US about liberal arts education and liberal arts colleges (LACs) is strangely at odds with narratives in other parts of the world in which liberal arts education (and the American LAC tradition from which it springs) is increasingly identified as the gold standard for high quality undergraduate learning. New LACs are being founded across the world. I want to study three, each of which has a locally-defined mission, a focus on LAC best practice, and an intent to serve as alternative models in their respective countries. This Global Scholar FLEX project will be focused on Habib University (Karachi), Fulbright University Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) and Leuphana University (Lüneburg/Hamburg).”

Nigel Boyle has taught at Pitzer College since 1992 as a professor of political studies. He is an expert on European politics, comparative labor relations and World Cup soccer. After receiving his PhD at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, he was offered a job at Pitzer College. Boyle writes: “I had never heard of any of The Claremont Colleges and barely knew what an LAC was, let alone a progressive one. But I replaced, and was then mentored by, a Pitzer faculty member, a German-Jewish refugee educated at Black Mountain College. Lucian Marquis became my personal and intellectual link to John Dewey, for whom ‘all education is experimental’ (Dewey, 1931).”

This is the second time Boyle has been awarded a Fulbright. In 2008-09, he received a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to Germany to conduct research on labor market reforms.

The Fulbright Global Scholar Award allows US academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. Through a truly worldwide award, US scholars are able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years.

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