Autumn 2001 (9.3)
James Dasney has been
selected the first-ever Fulbright Fellow to Azerbaijan. He will
arrive late September 2001 in Baku where he plans to spend his
first months studying Azeri and exploring the non-Azeri Turkic
Diaspora living there. Dasney has already identified a Turkmen
community that he would like to study. In this way, he will be
building upon his experience of serving in the Peace Corps in
Turkmenistan from 1996 to 1998.
While there have been Fulbright Scholars (those with Ph.D.s)
in Azerbaijan in the past, Dasney is the first Fellow (a professional
or student with a bachelor's, master's, JD, or ABD). He will
study and conduct research, but not teach.
Dasney has already studied several Turkic languages at Indiana
University's Summer Workshops, including Azeri, Turkmen and Uzbek.
When asked about his reasons for choosing Azerbaijan, Dasney
said, "I like the Turkic world, its languages, culture and
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