Provost Faculty Scholarship Recipient
Richard Unruh, Ph.D.
Richard Unruh (BA '67), chair of the social sciences division, sees a disparity in U.S. foreign policy.
"The U.S. has generally favored and supported the transition of Eastern European countries, which once constituted the Warsaw Pact, from communism to democratic capitalism," he says. "But it has been less certain about supporting such transitions in the newly created countries that were once part of the U.S.S.R. itself."
Using Ukraine as a case study, Unruh is exploring why this may be the case, what the implications are for these countries' politics and the implications for American foreign policy. He is preparing lectures for delivery locally, in addition to an article for publication and presentation at academic conferences.
In addition, the research provides an enhanced understanding of this transition from communism to democracy and capitalism for classroom instruction in courses on world politics. It enables Unruh to "give students a more first-hand understanding," he says.
FPU created the Provost Research Grant in 2008 to encourage faculty to develop their scholarship. Awards have been given in fields from science to religion and have funded the creation of new music and the translation of ancient languages. Read the full Provost Faculty Scholarship report which includes all the faculty recipients and an overview of their work.