ISU Magazine

Volume 40 | Number 2 | Spring/Summer 2010

Campus Shot

Hutchinson Quadrangle in the summer.

Photo by ISU Photographic Services/Susan Duncan

Attebery Awarded Fulbright in Sweden

Spring 2010 Issue | By Andrew Taylor

Professor Jennifer Eastman Attebery helps make decorations for a maypole on one of her ventures to New Sweden.
Photo by ISU Photographic Services/Susan Duncan

Jennifer Eastman Attebery, professor of English and director of the folklore program at Idaho State University, has been awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden.

The Distinguished Chair position is co-hosted by the Swedish Institute for North American Studies and Uppsala University’s Department of English.

Attebery will travel to Uppsala for spring semester 2011 to lecture on American Studies and to pursue her research concerning Swedish immigrant folk culture, focusing on calendar customs. Her time at the Institute and English department will bring her into contact with scholars of Swedish immigration and with resources in Swedish libraries and archives, including Uppsala’s extensive folklore archives.

“I’m thrilled to be traveling to Uppsala,” Attebery said. “Uppsala is the center for Swedish immigration and folklore studies with a wealth of resources in my fields of concentration.”

Fulbright Distinguished Chair positions are a highly selective part of the Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar Program, an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government with additional support from host nations. The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program awards are among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program and are awarded to candidates who are “eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.”

Idaho State University has had 15 Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholars among its faculty, five of them English faculty, including Attebery, who was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Gothenburg University in 1998. Her husband, Brian Attebery, was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Uppsala University in 1988.

Jennifer Atteberry earned her Ph.D. in folklore and American studies at Indiana University in 1985. Her research focuses on folk culture of the Rocky Mountain West in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with an emphasis on ethnic groups. Her main contributions to these fields have been expanded understanding of the multicultural West and new attention to the personal letter as a vernacular form.