HPU Professor Heads Hawai‘i Fulbright Organization

May 23, 2012

Carlos Juarez, Ph.D.

Carlos Juarez, Ph.D.

HONOLULU — Carlos Juarez, Ph.D., chairman of the Hawai‘i Pacific University Department of Social Sciences, has been elected president of the Hawai‘i chapter of the Fulbright Association. The association engages current and former Fulbright exchange participants in community service, diplomacy and dialogue on global issues.

Juarez has been a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and twice to the Czech Republic. As HPU’s Fulbright Program Advisor, he has brought visiting Fulbright scholars to HPU from Austria, Czech Republic, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Slovenia and Ukraine.

Juarez has facilitated Fulbright grants to Jerry Agrusa, Ph.D. (travel industry management); Art Whatley, Ph.D. (global leadership and sustainable development); and to student Andrew Abordonado. Abordonado completed a BA in International Studies at HPU in 2009, before spending a year as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Hokkaido, Japan. Abordonado is now completing a Master's in Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley as a Thomas Pickering Fellow, with plans to become a U.S. diplomat in 2013.

Juarez is a specialist in international relations and comparative political economy of Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. He joined HPU in 1997 after 10 years in the University of California system. He was previously HPU’s Dean of International Studies from 2004-2009, Department Chair of International Studies from 2009-2011, and since 2011 is Department Chair of Social Sciences.

Juarez is a member of the Board of Governors of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, and serves on the Consular Corps of Hawaii as Honorary Consul of Peru.

The Fulbright program is the flagship program sponsored by the U.S. government to support and promote international educational and cultural exchange.