WILKES-BARRE, PA. (July 8, 2011) –Andrew P. Miller, assistant professor of political science at Wilkes University, has received a U.S. Department of Education Summer Library Research Fellowship in Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. The fellowship, which includes a $2,500 stipend, will be used to conduct research in the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Library Collection at the university.
The research fellowships are awarded by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. The center holds an annual open competition for Summer Library Research Fellowships for faculty members from two- and four-year educational institutions in the United States who do not have access to extensive Latin American library resources. The awardees spend two to four weeks at the University of Pittsburgh utilizing the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Library Collection and other resources on Latin America.
Miller is researching a project -- Deforestation, Structural Adjustment and the Rise of Ecotourism in Costa Rica – examining the relationship between deforestation and structural adjustment as driving forces for environmental preservation and the growth of ecotourism in Costa Rica. Miller previously received a Summer Library Research Fellowship to complete his book, Ecotourism and Development in Costa Rica, which will be published by Lynne Rienner Publishers in Fall 2011.
A resident of Laflin, Pa., Miller teaches courses in international politics at Wilkes. He has twice taught a special seminar on the politics of coffee which has included a trip to a coffee cooperative in Costa Rica as part of the University’s Alternative Spring Break experience.