Fulbright Alumni: Lasting Legacies

More than 400,000 people from all backgrounds — recent graduates, teachers, scientists and researchers, musicians, artists, and more — have embarked on Fulbright experiences and come away with enhanced skills, new connections, and greater global understanding. During the 75th Anniversary year, we featured 48 notable Fulbrighters who have made an impact on the world. Read their stories below.

Zahi Hawass

Dr. Zahi Hawass is a witness to history. A renowned archaeologist, Egyptian government official, and public intellectual, Dr. Hawass received his Ph.D. in Egyptology in 1987 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned a master’s degree as a Fulbrighter, which Dr. Hawass believes “changed [his] life,” making him a good Egyptologist with a “vision for the future.”

Hiba Dlewati

Hiba Dlewati was born in Flint, Michigan, and grew up in Damascus, Syria. After seeing the devastating impact of war, Dlewati decided to focus on sharing the personal stories of those affected by political upheaval. She has covered the Syrian conflict and refugee crisis from ten countries as a multimedia journalist and producer.

John D. Sherwood

Dr. John D. Sherwood has authored six books on military and naval history during his nearly 25 years as a civilian historian, and his insights directly support naval operations and strategy development. A 2019 Fulbright-Schuman Program award to Germany and Greece gave him a front-row seat to humanitarian and disaster relief operations.

Gillian Bowser

Dr. Bowser is a wildlife ecologist and associate professor at Colorado State University’s Natural Resource Ecology Lab. She believes in the power of citizen scientists, and has spent her career demonstrating that everyone can be a scientist.

Ken Rutherford

Dr. Rutherford, a survivor of a landmine attack, co-founded the Landmine Survivors Network and was named to Action on Armed Violence’s “Top 100: The Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction” for his remarkable career. He also helped lead the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which won The Nobel Peace Prize 1997.

Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste – author of “The Shadow King,” which was named Best Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Booker Prize – writes about war, violence, and migration from the perspective of individuals often forgotten by the historical record.

Lucien Bourjeily

Lucien Bourjeily is a writer, director, producer, and actor whose films have been critically acclaimed worldwide. His skill at bringing stories to life on stage and screen drives him to find innovative ways to create immersive experiences for his audiences.

Kristina Jacobsen

Dr. Kristina Jacobsen is a multi-talented cultural anthropologist and singer-songwriter who explores cultural identity through music. She is best-known for her work with the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, where she spent two-and-a-half years singing and playing steel guitar with country-western bands.

Alito Alessi

Alito Alessi is a teacher, a choreographer, and the founder of DanceAbility International. He has changed the world of contemporary dance through his pioneering work with people with disabilities.