Catherine Eagan, an English professor at Las Positas College, has been named a Fulbright Scholar with a grant enabling her to teach American Studies in Croatia.
She will teach, advise, lecture and develop curriculum at the University of Zagreb to expand student and faculty understanding of how perceptions of racial difference shape individuals across national borders.
She will also teach an undergraduate American literature course that will explore how different cultures meet, interact, and adapt in American literature and society, and a graduate course on the formation of white racial identity in 19th-century Europe and America.
"Both the college and the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District are very proud of Dr. Eagan's designation as a Fulbright scholar," said Barry Russell, LPC's president. "She represents a remarkable slate of talent in the LPC faculty."
Eagan is known for her research into the racial formation of identity in the U.S. and Europe, particularly Ireland. She is a co-adviser to the Peace and Social Justice club and led LPC students and community members on an educational trip to Ireland this past June.
The prestigious Fulbright program was established in 1946 to foster intercultural exchange and greater understanding between peoples all over the world. Its teaching program offers more than 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in more than 125 countries.