ASU’s Dr. Steven MacKinnon Awarded Fulbright

Dr. Stephen MacKinnon, professor emeritus in the Department of History at Arizona State University, has received a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to both teach and study in India this fall. Dr. MacKinnon has been invited to teach about the People’s Republic of China at the University of Pune in western India. Relations between China and India have been tense due to a history of violent conflict in the twentieth century. He hopes to shed light on Chinese society, politics and economics.

“China is a mystery to people in the Middle East and India. They do not fully grasp what goes on in Chinese society and their foreign policy. I want my students to take away a better understanding of the global force that China has become,” he said.

While at ASU, Dr. MacKinnon served as the director of the Center for Asian Studies, where he developed a curriculum for students to study various languages and cultures of Asia. He will act in a similar advisory capacity while at the University of Pune.

“I’m going to help build up, from scratch, areas of study related to China and serve their desire to establish a coherent program. As an international scholar, I feel that I can bring my contacts with scholars who deal with China in Delhi to Pune for discussions,” he said.

For more information please see the ASU News Article regarding Dr. MacKinnon’s award.