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GSU professor selected for Fulbright Program
Professor Lisa Muftić

GSU professor selected for Fulbright Program

Lisa Muftić, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Georgia State University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to spend one year researching and teaching at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Muftić is one of 1,100 faculty and professionals nationally who will travel abroad to lecture and conduct research through the Fulbright Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Her research will focus on violence against women in the region that once comprised the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

“I have been studying the impact of war on the political, social, and cultural development of Bosnia for almost two decades,” Muftić said. “I have been especially interested in the impact state-condoned violence has on attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors associated with interpersonal violence.”

Violence against women in Bosnia is a “widespread and a largely misunderstood social problem,” Muftić said. She conducted research in the country in 2005, 2008, and 2011, but has never stayed longer than six weeks.

“Compounding this situation are socio-political factors that are characteristic of a post-war society, including war trauma, family reintegration, and an economic crisis,” she explained.

Since there is very little research on violence against women, Muftić hopes her research will help enhance the education of University of Sarajevo students and fill gaps in current literature regarding the prevalence of violence against women, public policy and the availability of victim services.

To read more, please visit: http://www.gsu.edu/news/60659.html.

Information provided by Georgia State University.

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