Upper School Faculty Member Jennifer Stewart Receives The Fulbright Award In Teaching

Moses Brown School is pleased to announce that upper school history teacher Jennifer Stewart has received a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, which provides K-12 teachers the opportunity to take a leave of absence to do practical research abroad. The Fulbright program’s mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, and Jennifer will use her semester abroad (in the spring of 2019) to study humanities instruction in Finland.  Jennifer is particularly interested in learning how Finnish schools achieve top international academic performance with low- to no-homework strategies.  Jennifer’s application was inspired by MB’s A.P. Comparative Government and Politics students.

Jennifer says, “Receiving the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching enables me to deepen my commitment to innovative teaching and curriculum development for high school students in the humanities while pursuing my interests in student wellness.” She joined the MB faculty in 2006 and has a background in political science. While a graduate student at the University of Chicago, she was coordinator of the Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop at its Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.

She has taught a wide range of history courses and served as chair of the MB humanities department from 2009-16. Jennifer also received a Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. She has taken students to participate in the annual Boston University Model UN Conference and joined in MB travel/education opportunities, including the E.E. Ford-funded trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories and the student trip to Cuba in 2016, which she chaperoned.

In addition to teaching A.P. Comparative Government & Politics, U.S. History, and an original course on whistleblowers and other “gadflies,” Jennifer is an advisor and the 12th-grade class dean, and serves on the Upper School Diversity and Advisory committees.

“Each day, I feel fortunate to teach history at Moses Brown because it gives me the space to help students evaluate the moral questions raised by actions taken in the past,” Jennifer says. “I approach my work as a history teacher with a concern for the enduring issues of conflict, power, and inequality, and have long been intrigued by the idea of learning from history. I find history exciting to study and to teach because I am awed by the resilience of ordinary people, and especially by how they deal with circumstances beyond their control. In short, I teach history because I care about democratic society.”

Please join us in congratulating Jennifer Stewart on this prestigious award.