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Iona Grad Moving the World as a Fulbright Scholar

James HurleyNew Rochelle, NY (April 23, 2014) It’s easy to see how Iona College graduates perpetuate the college maxim “Move the World.” James P. Hurley ’12 has been named a Fulbright Scholar for the academic year 2014-2015.

The Fulbright-Northern Ireland Assembly Award is granted for postgraduate work in Legislative Studies at Queens University, Belfast. Hurley is the first recipient to hold this new award and was chosen from among the best and the brightest American students. The US-UK program is the most competitive of the 150 Fulbright bi-national programs in the world. 

"In my years teaching, I have encountered very few students with James’s intelligence, empathy and passion for international affairs," said Tricia Mulligan, Ph.D., chair of the political science department. "James has genuine concern for international politics and is earnest in his belief that individuals can in fact make a difference." 

A native of Chester, N.Y., James was valedictorian of the 2012 class and received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. At Iona, he was the editor of the student newspaper, The Ionian, and worked as a research analyst at the Education Advisory Board (EAB), a division of the Washington, D.C.-based Advisory Board Company. While at EAB, he worked on best-practice research in the university career services space, advising senior executives on academic and student affairs.

Prior to joining EAB, James interned for the U.S. Senate and Department of State. He worked on a number of pro-bono projects in the greater Washington area and served as an editor for the Capital Pride Alliance in 2013 and 2014.

His Fulbright research will take place at Queens University in Belfast in partnership with the Northern Irish Assembly. An avid marathon runner and recreational rower, James looks forward to running and rowing in Belfast.

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission:

The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on September 22, 1948. The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programmes for shorter projects or for younger scholars. During the last six decades, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and 13,000 US nationals in the UK as part of the Fulbright Program. Prominent alumni of the Fulbright Program include poet Sylvia Plath, Charles Kennedy MP, journalist and author Toby Young and the economist and noble prize winner Milton Friedman.

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