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Stefan Kapsch, professor of political science at Reed College, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to Germany. He will be on the faculty of the Amerika Institut of Ludvig Maxmillians University in Munich, Germany, from March to August 2002.

Kapsch, a member of the Reed faculty since 1974, will use his Fulbright year abroad to focus on a combination of teaching, research, and community outreach. In his position in Germany, Kapsch will teach a range of courses in American politics with an emphasis on the courts and justice system. In addition to his teaching, he will investigate the problem of crime in democratic societies and how Germany approaches social control differently from the United States. By researching the ways Germany attempts to prevent crime, Kapsch hopes to gain a better understanding of solutions that could be used in the U.S. Lastly, Kapsch will present a series of lectures to academic and non-academic audiences in Berlin and elsewhere as part of his public outreach.

Kapsch is a specialist in public policy analysis, with a substantive focus on the legal system. He has been research director of the Oregon Commission on the Judicial Branch, executive director of the Oregon Prison Overcrowding project, and research partner in the SACSI Initiative of the National Institute of Justice, a project on youth gun violence in Portland. Kapsch served as a voter registration supervisor for Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1997 for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which was charged with the conduct of elections under the Dayton Accords. He was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1994-95, when he served on the faculty of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The U.S. Fulbright Scholar program sends 800 scholars and professionals each year to more than 140 countries, where they lecture or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The Fulbright program is sponsored by the United States Department of State.

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