Dr. James Cypher, an emeritus economics professor at California State University, Fresno, has won a Fulbright Scholar Research Award to study whether Mexico can learn from Brazil’s economic example.

The two-year award from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is to research “Brazil’s National Industrial Base: Manufacturing Capability, Industrial Policy, and the National System of Innovation – Lessons for Mexico?

Cypher will be affiliated with the Graduate Program in Economics at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil, during the fall 2010 and ’11 semesters and will conduct field research throughout Brazil. The grant covers the trips, housing, a salary and a book allowance.

Cypher joined the Fresno State faculty in1967, retiring in 2008. He has won numerous grants for study throughout Latin America, establishing a reputation for his scholarship on Mexico’s economic state.

He has written more than 100 scholarly publications. His books include “The Process of Economic Development” in 2009 and “Mexico’s Economic Dilemma: The Developmental Failure of Neoliberalism” to be published in April by Rowman and Littlefield.

“Dr. Cypher has been a superb scholar at Fresno State,” said Dr. Antonio Avalos, chair of Fresno State’s Department of Economics. “This award is yet another testimony of his immense value to our university.”

The Fulbright program is a government-sponsored international educational exchange designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries” through study, teaching and research.

Fulbright grants for research are especially competitive because there are relatively few of them and they are open to anyone from any field.

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