French, Spanish professor chosen for Fulbright seminar in Africa

Angelo State University’s Dr. Karen Cody, professor of French and Spanish in the Department of English and Modern Languages, has been selected for the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program to conduct research in the West African nation of Senegal over the summer.

She will receive a grant for travel and lodging expenses for her five-week trip to the former French colony of Senegal. The seminar Cody will attend is based at the West African Research Center in Dakar, where she and along with other participants will develop an understanding of the diversity that exists in West Africa, why it sometimes inspires conflict and how it can be a social resource.

“Our mission is to create curriculum to be shared with the State Department and the Department of Education,” Cody said in a press release from ASU. “When we come back, we are required to turn in projects that can be used for a variety of levels in a variety of disciplines.”

The program is available to educators and administrators involved in curriculum development in fields related to humanities, languages and area studies.

Cody’s research interests include sociolinguistics, how language and society intersect and issues of ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic class, politics and education. The official language of Senegal is French but most of the population speaks Wolof or another regional language.

Cody researches issues with second language learning and teaching. Among her roles at ASU is to prepare students who are seeking to be high school Spanish teachers for certification.

She has been an ASU faculty member since 2001 and earned a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree at Texas Christian University.

The Fulbright Program, including the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program, is a program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists. It was founded by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in 1946, according to the release.

More information on the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program is available from the U.S. Department of Education at