SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University School of Law Professor Ann Murphy has, for the second time in seven years, received a Fulbright grant to teach law in China. Starting in late August, Murphy will reside in China and teach for 10 months at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) Law School.
Murphy will teach two English language comparative law classes as a Distinguished Chair Lecturer. While both classes will be taught in English, all students will be Chinese. SUFE was founded in 1917 and serves as a University that focuses on applied economics and management with approximately 22,000 students.
“The thing I am most looking forward to is meeting the students and faculty,” Murphy said. “I have made lifelong friendships with so many people I was able to meet the last time I was there.”
In the 2007-08 academic year, Murphy was one of 28 teaching Fulbright scholars and one of eight legal professors who received Fulbright grants. At that time, she taught at two schools in Beijing: Central University of Finance and Economics and China University of Political Science and Law. Due to federal funding cuts, there are only seven total Fulbright grants for teaching this year, and Murphy is the only law professor who was offered the prestigious award.
“The Fulbright program is tremendous. The true goal is building communication and sharing cultures,” explained Murphy. “If we better understand each other, the more likely we are never to have to engage in combat.”
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
“To say this is a gift is really an understatement,” Murphy said. “I am unbelievably fortunate to receive a second Fulbright and I am thankful to Congress and private individuals and groups for funding this amazing program.”