Andreea Voina, Romanian doctoral student and Fulbright research scholar.

Cox Center Hosts Fulbright Scholar From Babes-Bolyai University In Romania

Romanian doctoral student Andreea Voina joined the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in August as a Fulbright research scholar focusing on the political representation of women in national legislative bodies.

Voina is an associate teaching assistant within the College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

She is hosted in the U.S. by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, a unit of the Grady College. Dr. Tudor Vlad, associate director of the Cox Center, is serving as her academic advisor.

The primary goal of Voina at the University of Georgia is to carry out the research for her doctoral thesis. That research focuses on the political representation of women in national legislative bodies, especially the U.S. Congress and the Romanian Parliament.

Her presence in the Cox International Center has been well-timed, as the 2016 presidential campaign in the U.S. and the legislative electoral competition in Romania have given her the perfect opportunity to study women’s political discourse.

“What struck me most about American university infrastructure is the impressive amount of resources students have,” Ms. Voina said. “The libraries own remarkable collections of volumes, journals, and other research materials, and the dedicated librarians are always available for face-to-face or online consultations regarding bibliography or reference systems.”

Voina immediately joined Dr. Lee Becker’s Mass Communication Research class, and Dr. C. Ann Hollifield’s Media Management class. Dr. Becker is director of the Cox Center, and Dr. Hollifield is Thomas Dowden Professor in the Grady College.

Voina joins a list of Fulbright Scholars from Romania who have been hosted by the Cox Center, starting with Dr. Vlad, then a professor at Babes-Bolyai University who was a Fulbright Scholar from 1999 to 2000.

Other Fulbright Scholars from Romania were Dr. Nicoleta Corbu, now a professor at the National University for Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, and Oana Stefanita, now assistant professor at the same Romanian university.