July 6, 2023

NDSU professor receives Fulbright Scholar Award


John K. Cox
John K. Cox

John K. Cox, NDSU professor of East European history, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research in Serbia.

Cox will conduct research for a book on the history of literary translation from Serbian to English from 1875 to present. The working title of the book is “Translating the Serbian Experience: History and Culture Through Literature.”

Cox will work from the University of Belgrade and the Institute of Literature and Art, both located in the Serbian capital city.

“The research award opens up a marvelous door for me to represent the NDSU humanities programs in the Fulbright community,” Cox said. “And, of course, it’s a great chance to represent the United States in the world in general, and in the communities of Balkan history and literary translation.

“I am deeply honored to receive this opportunity.”

In 2022, Cox earned the Serbian PEN Center award for the best translator of Serbian literature in 2021. The recognition noted his dedicated and persistent work for more than 15 years of translating the works of contemporary Serbian writers of several generations.

Cox has written a book on Serbia’s history and another book on the history of Slovenia. In addition he has written 18 book-length translations of Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian, Hungarian and Slovene literature and poetry. Cox also has published numerous research articles and presented his research at national and international conferences.

In addition, he is a regular reviewer of scholarly works for Slavic Review, Slavic and East European Journal, Slovene Studies, Journal of Slavic Military Studies, World Literature Today and International Social Science Review.

Cox earned his bachelor’s degree at Guilford College, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University.

The Fulbright program is overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the program.

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