Distinguished Chair Award






The Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in American Studies was offered for the first time in 2005, marking the bicentennial of the birth of Alexis de Tocqueville, the famous french historian and politician and author of "Democracy in America".

 The award aims to reinforce collaborative research between France and the United States in France by developing the latest trends in American studies.

 Since 2010, the chair position is open to all fields.  Fields of specialization can include: public administration, arts, art history, cinema, law, economics, history, literature, philosophy, public policy, religion, international relations, political science, social sciences.

 It is financed by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Franco-American Commission.


2013-2014 Awardees

1st Semester


September 2013 - January 2014

 Dr. Cristanne Miller
SUNY Distinguished Professor and Edward H. Butler Professor of Literature

University at Buffalo, SUNY

 Hosted by Université de Paris Diderot - Paris 7
Antoine Cazé
Professeur des Universités


 Read her biography and see conference schedule




2nd Semester


February-July 2014

Dr. Joshua Otaigbe
School of Polymers and High Performance Materials

University of Southern Mississippi


Hosted by Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 
 UMR CNRS 5223, Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères 
Maître de Conférences, HDR


Read his biography





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