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March 6, 2001
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Sociology Professor Returns to Russia as a Fulbright Scholar

When Barry V. Johnston of Michigan City returned to the United States nearly two years ago after an eleven-day stay in Russia, he pledged he would soon revisit the country for a longer period of time. After email exchanges with Russian peers and friends, and the writing of a very important proposal, Johnston, a professor of sociology at Indiana University Northwest is returning to Russia as a Fulbright Scholar this summer. 

As a distinguished Fulbright Scholar, Johnston will live in the former USSR from August 2001 through January of next year. During his stay he will teach graduate students at Moscow State University, and Ph.D. students at the Institute for Higher Economics located in the University. He will also conduct ongoing research on Russian-born Pitirim A. Sorokin, who came to the United States in 1922, and became the founding chairman of the department of sociology at Harvard eight years later. It is this research that brought Johnston to be plenary speaker at an international symposium held in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Syktyvkar  

Known as the leading expert in the world on the outspoken and often critical Sorokin, Johnston plans to work with Russian sociology professor Nikita Pokrovsky establishing a "bridge between American and Russian sociologists." He is also working to bring Pokrovsky to the United States as a visiting scholar at the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study in Bloomington, as well as hoping to initiate an exchange program between Indiana and Moscow students.      

"Sociologists in both countries (U.S. and Russia) struggle to accumulate knowledge and make their disciplines relevant to social policy and social justice," says Johnston. "The priestly sociologists pursue their research agendas and the prophetic ones move toward social activism. Each community remains separate, and a thrust of this project is to bring them closer together. We can serve as the bridge for this dialogue - and I am excited to have a role in that." 

A Ph.D. graduate of Notre Dame, Johnston has published several books and garnered many awards for his articles and research. As a Fulbright scholar, Johnston will be among the more than 85,000 U.S. Fulbrighters who have studied, taught or conducted research in 140 countries around the world since the program's inception in 1945.   

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