It’s not a common occurrence for faculty to be awarded a U.S. Fulbright scholar award. That’s part of what makes receiving a Fulbright so special. So, it goes without saying that earning two in one’s academic career is nothing less than extraordinary. And that’s exactly what Alan Draper has achieved while teaching at St. Lawrence.
The Michael W. Ranger ’80 and Virginia R. Ranger P’17 Professor of Government, Draper will spend the Spring 2020 semester at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, an institution that dates back to 1290 and is known to be one of the oldest, continuously operational universities in the world.
“Portugal is one of the only Western countries that has not had a right-wing populist movement. The Social Democrats have not collapsed, which has prevented it from becoming the base of a right-wing populist movement,” Draper explains. “I want to learn from them why they haven’t experienced that.”
Draper has been teaching government and political science courses at St. Lawrence since 1983. Well-known on campus and with alumni for his appreciation of horse racing, he is a frequent contributor of political opinion articles that have been featured in The New York Times, MarketWatch, and several in USA Today, among other national publications.
Draper earned his doctorate in political science from Columbia University. His books include The Good Society: An Introduction to Comparative Politics, co-authored with Ansil Ramsay; The Politics of Power: A Critical Introduction to American Government, written with Ira Katznelson and Mark Kesselman; Conflicts of Interests: Organized Labor and the Civil Rights Movement in the South, 1954-1968; and A Rope of Sand: The AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education, 1955-1967.