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Fulbright Award Sends Diplomacy Scholar to Argentina  

Dr. Catherine Tinker in January 2019The School of Diplomacy has seen many alumni and faculty earn prestigious awards and positions based on their academic performance, dedication to solving global issues, and exemplary thought leadership. Whether it be in the Peace Corps, the United Nations, or the U.S. Department of State, our community is overflowing with individuals committed to taking on the task of improving the world around us by being actively engaged in the field. This passion and engagement has recently earned Dr. Catherine Tinker recognition by the U.S. Fulbright Program.

Dr. Tinker has been a member of the School's faculty and Distinguished Fellow for the Center for United Nations and Global Governance Studies at the School of Diplomacy for the past five years, and her credentials as an educator and international law expert have now taken her to new heights. She was recently selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for 2019-2020 and invited to teach in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM). The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs defines the Fulbright Program as "the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." To be selected for the award, candidates must undergo a highly selective process that involves peer review of their application proposal, references attesting to their credentials and value of knowledge in their field, demonstrated foreign language proficiency, and international cooperation between their intended destination and their home university, both prior to and following the Fulbright period.

While in Argentina, Dr. Tinker will be teaching and conducting interdisciplinary research on sustainable governance of fresh water as a member of the environmental studies and political science departments of UNSAM. Specifically, she will be focusing on a regional treaty on the Guarani Aquifer which is located within Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. She will also explore current developments in regional cooperation and information-sharing of scientific evidence surrounding it. Her interest in this topic began when she was named "Foreign Visiting Professor" by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and taught full-time at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Law School in Porto Alegre, Brazil. While there in 2004-2005 and again in 2015, she conducted courses on international environmental law and public international law and began her research on the Guarani Aquifer, known to be the largest in the world. With this Fulbright grant, she is excited to expand the research that she has already published about the aquifer by updating materials and observing new developments.

In addition to her current positions at Seton Hall and now the U.S. Fulbright Program, she is the founder of and United Nations representative to the non-governmental organization, the Tinker Institute on International Law and Organizations (TIILO), where select diplomacy students are chosen to serve as interns. Now entering its 25th year, TIILO continues to inform and involve the international community on issues such as sustainable development, migration, and global governance.

Learn more about Dr. Tinker and additional faculty accomplishments by visiting the faculty page of our website.

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  • Gwen DeBenedetto
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