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CSU, Chico Political Scientist Has High Profile as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Australia

Date: 06-03-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico political science professor Diana Dwyre has given a number of prestigious lectures and presentations in Australia this spring in her role as 2009-2010 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science at Australia National University.

The Distinguished Chair position is intended to increase the awareness of the study of American politics and government in Australia and promote comparative and collaborative research in political science between Australia and the United States.

Australia National University is located in Canberra, Australia’s capital.

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair Program is viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholars Program, which is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department. More than 800 Fulbright scholars are selected every year, but only 39 are named distinguished chairs.

Dwyre is an expert on campaign finance issues and has co-authored two books on the topic. She will be returning to CSU, Chico for the fall 2010 semester.

Below is a schedule of Dwyre’s recent and upcoming public talks, presentations and briefings:

April 8: Invited by U.S. Embassy to conduct a briefing on U.S. politics for a delegation of the Australian Political Exchange Council traveling to the United States.

April 9: Invited by the U.S. Embassy to brief Simon Every, who was traveling to the United States. Every is chief of staff of Australian Senator Joe Ludwig, Cabinet Secretary, Special Minister of State, Manager of Government Business in the Senate, and Senator for Queensland.

April 20: Seminar for the Political Science Department, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania.

April 21: Presentation to the Tasmania Fulbright Alumni Association and the Tasmanian Government Training Consortium, which included Deputy Premier of Tasmania Lara Giddings.

April 28: Testified before Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety on campaign finance issues.

May 3: Lecture at University of Melbourne sponsored by the University of Melbourne Center for Public Policy, Melbourne, Australia.

May 7: Lecture at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

May 12: Lecture at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

May 21: Lecture in the Australian Senate Occasional Lecture Series, Parliament House, Canberra, Australia.

May 28: Presentation for Australia Parliament research librarians on U.S. and Australian campaign finance issues.

June 4: Seminar at TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

June 24: Seminar at the United States Studies Center, University of Sydney and various events with the U.S Consulate and the Fulbright Commission in Sydney, Australia.

Dwyre worked on campaign finance policy in the U.S. Congress while serving as the William A. Steiger American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in 1997-1998. She received her PhD in political science and public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1994. She has been teaching at CSU, Chico since 1997, and she served as chair of the Department of Political Science from 2004 to 2008.