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DATE: July.22, 2005


Monteiro Wins Prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award

Santa Monica College adjunct political science professor Natalina Monteiro has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar’s Award to teach and conduct research in Mozambique.

Monteiro will leave for the southwestern African nation in August and will spend a year there, teaching a course on political science research methods to students at Eduardo Mondlane University in the capital city of Maputo. She will also conduct research on the effects of globalization and gender in the market economy and on child labor laws in Mozambique.

This is the third Fulbright Scholar award to be given to an SMC professor in the past year. In spring, English professor Karin Costello was a lecturer at Intercollege in Nicosia, Cyprus. And adjunct English professor Carol Davis will teach and lecture in Russia this fall.

Monteiro, who has had a distinguished academic career as a teacher and researcher, has taught at SMC since 2004. She has also taught and lectured at several colleges and universities in California and Arizona, including Cal State Northridge, Cal State San Marcos and Northern Arizona University.

She has received numerous fellowships, grants and awards, including research grants and fellowships from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

She is the author of two published articles and has presented papers at conferences throughout the world. She has also conducted research in the United States, Africa and Central America.

Fluent in several languages, including Spanish and Portuguese, she received her Ph.D. in political science from Northern Arizona University, a master’s in applied socio-cultural anthropology from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Spanish from the University of Rhode Island. She also studied organic chemistry at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal.

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