Rutgers-Newark Professor Granted Fulbright To Conduct Research At University Of Ottowa

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Dr. Mara S. Sidney, an associate professor of political science at Rutgers University, Newark, has been granted a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair Award to conduct research in Canada, beginning in January 2012.  Sidney is a member of the Rutgers Faculty of Arts and Sciences-Newark, and also teaches in the Graduate Program in American Studies on the Newark campus.

 As the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa, Sidney will spend four months comparing the United States’ and Canada’s national and local immigration policies, and linking these to the work of non-governmental organizations.  Sidney will then examine how immigrants’ interactions with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) affect their process of making a home in a new country.  Her project is titled, “Making a Home, Feeling at Home: The Role of NGOs in Immigrant Integration.”

According to Sidney, “I’m very excited about going to Ottawa, even in bitter-cold January! I’ll be able to talk with national policymakers since it is the capital city, as well as study immigrant organizations at the local level.  Though we are neighbors, the U.S. and Canada have very different orientations toward immigrants, and different policies on immigrant settlement. I will be tracking how those differences matter in the work of the local groups that help newcomers settle in Ottawa.”

“It is with a great deal of pleasure that I welcome Dr. Mara Sidney to the distinguished group of Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholars,” says Dr. Michael Hawes, executive director of Fulbright Canada. “Dr. Sidney is extremely deserving of this award, and I have no doubt her research will offer unique and critical insight into the study of immigration policies and the role of NGOs in the immigrant integration process in both Canada and the United States.”

 Sidney holds a PhD in political science and a master of arts in political science from the University of Colorado. She also holds a master of arts from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor degree from Northwestern University.  Sidney has been widely published in books, academic, and peer-reviewed journals, and she has presented her research at a number of conferences in North America and Europe.

The world-renowned Fulbright program is an educational movement based on the principle of scholarly exchange between the United States and various countries from around the world.  Operating in over 150 countries worldwide, the Fulbright program has long been regarded as the world’s premiere academic exchange. For more information on the program, see


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