Don Ellis-Fulbright

Don Ellis
University of Hartford

Fulbright to Israel

I spent a year in Israel as a Fulbright at Tel Aviv University in 2004-2005. I taught a course but also was doing research for my book on communication and ethnopolitical conflict which was published in 2006. It was a terrific experience and I recommend it to anyone especially if you can go for a longer period of time.

A Fulbright definitely requires planning. You can probably only go while on sabbatical and the application is due about a year before your actual sabbatical. Pay attention to the deadlines and make sure you apply for the proper time. Fulbrights are usually for research, teaching or combination of both. It depends on what the host institution wants. Getting a letter of invitation, a statement from the host institution that they want you, is invaluable. If you just apply in the blind your odds become very small.

In my case, I had been working in my area of expertise for quite a while and knew people at the host institution. I contacted them and requested a letter of invitation. But if you do not know someone then assert yourself and make some phone calls to see if you can actually get an invitation. The people at the host institution might have heard of your work or will become familiar with it after you apply. I applied for both the combination of teaching and research and this was agreeable to the host institution because they wanted courses taught as well as providing me with an opportunity to complete the book I wrote at the time.

Fulbrights are terrific experiences and worth the application hassle. But finding a way to make yourself known to the host institution, making contact with people at that institution and having that result in a letter of invitation is crucial.

Donald G. Ellis Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesDonald G. Ellis is Professor of Communication in the School of Communication at the University of Hartford.

His Ph.D. is from the University of Utah, where his doctoral dissertation on Conflict Interaction in Groups won the National Communication Association Golden Anniversary Dissertation Award, and he has been on the faculty of Purdue University and Michigan State. He is interested in communication issues related to ethnopolitical conflict with particular emphasis on conflict resolution, intractable conflicts, intercultural communication, and democracy. Dr. Ellis is the past editor of the journal Communication Theory and the author of numerous books and articles including Crafting Society: Ethnicity, Class, and Communication Theory, as well as Transforming Conflict: Communication Approaches to Ethnopolitical Conflict. His most recent book (2012) is Deliberative Communication and Ethnopolitical Conflict. He was a fellow at the Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Fulbright Scholar in Israel in 2004-2005. He participates in various national organizations and lectures and writes in the fields of communication, conflict resolution, intercultural communication, and related topics. Some recent publications are below.

In press. Reconciling intergroup conflict. Handbook of intergroup conflict. Howard Giles (Ed.)

2010 Donald G. Ellis, Argument and Ethnopolitical Conflict, Communication Methods and Measures, 4, 98-113.

2010 Donald G. Ellis, Democratic Argument and Deliberation Between Ethnopolitically Divided Groups, In Giles and Harwood (Eds.) Intergroup Communication (pp. 129-139). Peter Lang.

2010, Donald G Ellis. Online deliberation between Ethnopolitically divided groups. Landscapes of violence

2010 Donald G. Ellis and Yael Warshel, The Contributions of Communication and Media Studies to Peace Education, In G. Saloman and E. Cairns (Eds.) Peace Education (pp. 135-153)

2010, Donald G. Ellis, Intergroup Conflict, In C.R. Berger, M.E. Roloff, & D.R. Roskso-Ewoldsen (Eds.), Handbook of Communication Science, (pp. 291-308). Sage Publications

2008, Ifat Moaz & Donald G. Ellis, Intergroup Communication as a Predictor of Jewish-Israeli Agreement with Integrative Solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Mediating Effects of Outgroup Trust and Guilt, Journal of Communication, 58, 490-507

2008, Ifat Maoz & Donald G. Ellis, Misperceptions and Miscommunication in Ethnopolitical Conflict. Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, (pp. 1-8). Elsevier.

2007, Donald G. Ellis & Ifat Maoz, Online Argument between Israeli-Jews and Palestinians. Human Communication Research, 33, 291-309.