James DeShaw Rae, the most recent Sacramento State recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholars award, will travel to the People's Republic of China in 2011-12. The assistant professor of government’s specialty is promoting international peace, justice and reconciliation particularly in strife-torn regions.
Iowa born and bred, Rae worked as a researcher at the U.S Institute of Peace in Washington, a nonpartisan think tank sponsored by Congress to help resolve internal conflicts His focus was the Cambodian peace process, sectarian violence in Northern Ireland and war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.
Having earned his master’s degree in International Affairs at American University, he headed for the University of Hawaii to complete his Ph.D. in political science in 2005. He came to Sacramento State the following year, and his most recent publication is “Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice in East Timor.” One reviewer praised the author’s credibility based on multiple trips to East Timor to monitor the situation on the ground and elections.
Rae teaches undergraduate and graduate classes at Sac State, where students routinely rated him as a top-flight instructor. Their consensus is that he is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the topics he covers. One student cited him as one of Sac State’s “assets.”
Buzz Fozouni, who heads the Government Department, agrees. “It has been our good fortune to have James Rae as a member of our department. In a relatively brief period, he has established himself as an outstanding teacher and scholar. His contributions to the department and the University have been significant and impressive.”
Charles W. Gossett, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, says that Rae, “who serves as the deputy director of our Asian Studies program, is an excellent teacher and scholar,” adding that his “selection is well-deserved. He will be able to bring back invaluable experiences to share with our students in the years to come.”
Rae’s varied life experiences include teaching high school and teaching English in China. He’s also fluent in French. This will be his 10th visit to China.