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May 18, 2004
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EMU professor awarded Fulbright grant to Lithuania

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University's Liqun Cao, professor of sociology and criminology, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Senior Specialists grant from the U. S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program offers short-term grants to leading U.S. academics and professionals.

Liqun Cao
Liqun Cao

Beginning August 2004, Cao will spend five weeks lecturing on "Law and Local Culture" at the Law Institute under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania.

"All Fulbrights are very prestigious and extremely competitive. We have a very high success rate since only our best people apply," said EMU's Patrick Melia, associate dean, faculty affairs and program development for the graduate school.

Since joining the European Union May 1, Lithuania and the surrounding countries must move from socialism to a more democratic way of ruling, said Cao. He will discuss how police function in the local community and will discuss potential reforms.

"In the United States, attitudes are important, but in a more socialist government, the opinions of the people and police are not of major concern. It's what the rulers think," said Cao. In addition to lecturing, he also will set up a survey so the institute can evaluate public attitude toward police.

An expert in criminology, criminological theories and attitudes toward police, Cao has presented similar seminars in China, Japan and Germany.  

An Ann Arbor resident, Cao received a bachelor's degree in English from Nanjing College of Education (China) and a master's degree and doctorate in sociology from the University of Cincinnati.

His publications include "Major Criminological Theories: Concepts and Measurement," (Wadsworth, 2004) and "Lessons from Comparative/International Criminology," (DeSitter, 2004).

Started in 1946, the program is managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Its purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries.


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