APU Professor Abbylin Sellers Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award – Media Relations

Abbylin Sellers, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Azusa Pacific University, Received Prestigious Award Fulbright Prize for the 2022-23 academic year.

From September 2022 to February 2023, Sellers will teach at two institutions in Japan: Yokohama National University and Hosei University. Vendors will be one of eight instructors teaching the United States Study for the Humanities and Social Sciences; however, she will be the only Fulbright instructor to teach at these two institutions, while the others teach courses in their respective disciplines at other universities across Japan. Sellers’ pedagogy will focus on political science, particularly American constitutional democracy and the American presidency. It will provide Japanese students with a unique perspective on the juxtaposition between the constitution and democracy of the United States and Japan.

“As a naturalized American citizen of Korean and Japanese ancestry, I’m excited to immerse myself in Japanese culture, to absorb as much of it as possible,” Sellers said. “I’m especially looking forward to engaging with students from a different culture to understand how they view America and our government.”

Sellers received a doctorate in political science from Claremont Graduate University and a master’s degree in public policy from Regent University. His research focuses on the social policy, political behavior and entrepreneurship of immigrants. Sellers teaches courses focused on American politics and public policy, particularly American government, American political institutions, state and local politics, social policy, and 20th-century communism.

The Fulbright program awards only about 900 grants a year to professors and university administrators out of thousands of applicants. APU has 70 Fulbright Awards given to faculty, students, and alumni since 2002.

Since its inception in 1946 under the legislation of the late Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 people with the opportunity to observe the political, economic, educational and cultural institutions of others, exchange ideas and embark on important international projects. The program operates in 140 countries around the world.

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