LaGuardia Community College Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars Among U.S. Colleges & Universities

Among associate degree granting institutions nationwide, LaGuardia Community College
had the highest number of 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholars

February 11, 2020

LaGuardia Community College (“LaGuardia”) is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholars. Among associate degree granting institutions nationwide, LaGuardia had the highest number of Fulbright U.S. Scholars. LaGuardia is the only community college in New York City to have faculty members awarded Fulbright scholarships for 2019-2020, and one of only two community colleges statewide.

Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.

LaGuardia’s 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholars are Karen Miller, professor of history, and Robin Kietlinski, associate professor of history.

“Congratulations to professors Karen Miller and Robin Kietlinski on being selected as 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholars. Scholarly work informs the high-quality teaching in our classrooms; we’re grateful to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and by extension the U.S. Congress, for supporting this work through these fellowships, which ultimately benefits our students,” said LaGuardia Community College Interim President Paul Arcario. “This acknowledgement that LaGuardia Community College is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars within higher education at large, and the leading producer among associate degree awarding institutions nationwide, underscores the scholarly work that our community college faculty do, just as four-year college faculty do.”

“We are delighted to see that the colleges and universities we are honoring as 2019-2020 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “Fulbright U.S. Scholars benefit professionally throughout their career by expanding the scope and reach of their research, bringing a global perspective to their teaching, and receiving the professional recognition that comes with being named a Fulbright Scholar.”

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given over 390,000 passionate and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to important international problems. The Fulbright Program was created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Each year, over 900 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators are awarded Fulbright grants.

More about LaGuardia’s 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholars:

Headshot of Dr. Karen Miller With her Fulbright U.S. Scholars fellowship, Professor Karen Miller (pictured at left) is spending five months in The Philippines, conducting research and teaching at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in their interdisciplinary Center for International Studies, which is located in Quezon City, part of Metro Manila. Her project is titled, “Circulation as Solution: Interisland Migration, Non-Christian Landscapes, and National Identity in the Philippines, 1902-1965.”

Dr. Miller is also professor at the CUNY Graduate Center in the Master of Arts Program in Liberal Studies where she serves as deputy executive officer. Dr. Miller completed her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.


Headshot of Robin Kierlinski With her Fulbright U.S. Scholars fellowship, Professor Robin Kietlinski (pictured at left), whose scholarly focus is modern Japanese history, is spending six months in Japan conducting research at the University of Tsukuba. Her project is titled, “Trash Islands: Olympic Infrastructure and Japans Changing Environment.” For more information about Dr. Kietlinski, read her American Historical Association member spotlight. Dr. Kietlinski completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.


Fulbright is active in more than 160 countries worldwide and partners with participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States. Many of these organizations also provide direct and indirect support. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright program, and several non-profit, cooperative partners implement and support the program on the Bureau’s behalf. The global network of Fulbrighters fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, advances knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the globe.

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit

To see a full list of the institutions by category, visit the Fulbright Top Producing Institutions website.



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LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC), located in Long Island City, Queens, educates thousands of New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs . LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all U.S. college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education.



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