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TWU’s Dr. Jim Alexander named Malone Fellow



DENTON – Dr. Jim Alexander, professor and chair of the department of history and government at Texas Woman’s University, recently was named a Joseph J. Malone Fellow by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.
As part of his fellowship, Dr. Alexander traveled to Saudi Arabia in early March with the 11 other Malone fellows from the U.S., including two from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.

“I met with officials from the Saudi government, the Saudi Chamber of Commerce and two universities in the area,” Dr. Alexander said. “The consensus message I was asked to bring back is that the Saudi people want the long political and economic friendship our two countries have shared to continue well into the future.”

Dr. Alexander also encountered two alumni from TWU serving as professors when he visited Effat College, a private, non-profit college for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

“My impression was that opportunities for women in Saudi Arabia are evolving as the country works toward modernization,” Dr. Alexander said.

Dr. Alexander plans to join Dr. J. David Martin and Dr. Charles Olson from Midwestern State University in presenting a symposium about their experiences in the Middle East at TWU and Midwestern next fall.

“It is crucial for the department and for the university in general to prepare our students for success in a global society,” Dr. Alexander said. “As a political scientist and teacher, I know how important it is for our students to learn about and understand other cultures and governments as they embark on their future.”

Dr. Alexander has served TWU for more than 25 years and has been the chair of the department of history and government since 1984. He regularly teaches American Constitutional Law and serves as the project director for the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas at TWU. Dr. Alexander has been appointed to the Governor's Criminal Justice Advisory Council and served as a member of the Texas Coordinating Board's Criminal Justice Transfer Curriculum Committee. He has presented testimony on various matters of public policy before committees of both houses of the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress.

Dr. Alexander also has written several articles and book reviews in the field of public policy and made numerous presentations at state, regional and national professional meetings.

Since 1984, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations has provided American professionals in academia, government, and business unparalleled educational experiences in the Arab world through the Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies. The Fellowship projects its participants into the dynamics of Arab-U.S. relations and provides firsthand exposure to the region’s considerable cultural, economic, political and social diversity pursuant to increased knowledge and understanding.

More information on the National Council on U.S-Arab relations can be found at www.ncusar.org.


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Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

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