Dr. Colleen O'Brien was the CAS Fulbright Visiting Scholar in 2012. Dr. O'Brien is an Assistant Professor of Early American Literature at the University of South Carolina-Upstate. Her research interests include hemispheric American studies and the history, literature, and culture of the nineteenth century. She earned her Ph.D. in English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and has published various journal articles on transnational race relations, gender and sexuality. Her first book manuscript, Romance and Rebellion in the Nineteenth Century Americas, is in review at the University of Virginia Press. During her time at Western Dr. O'Brien continued her work on her second major project, Metaphors of Heart’s Blood and Home: Black Revolutionaries and Agrarian Freedom in the Americas. She also taught the fourth-year/graduate seminar American Studies/History course, "Revolutionary Americas" in the fall semester.
Dr. Michael Brescia, Head of the Research Division in the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona was appointed as the Fulbright -Carlos Rico Award for North American Visiting Scholar in 2011. During his term at Western, Dr. Brescia taught a graduate seminar course in Comparative Methodology and North American History, and delivered a public lecture "Water Rights, Competing Legal Traditions, and Comparative History."