Alumnus receives Fullbright Scholar Program award

April 17, 2014
Andrew Barrette

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Andrew Barrette, a University of Wisconsin-Platteville philosophy alumnus, recently received a Fulbright Scholar Program award. The United States Congress established the highly competitive awards program in 1946 to promote international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and women’s studies from UW-Platteville in 2007, Barrette earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2010. He is currently in the process of obtaining a doctorate degree in philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, Ill.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Barrette will travel to Belgium next year to study the relation of Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology and transcendental Thomism at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium. He will be researching the emergence and structure of inquiry, through the work of these two traditions. He intends to show, and further discover, how their work is mutually complementary in addressing problems in philosophy.

“With the Fulbright program, I have the opportunity to enter directly into a community of ongoing research where I can develop as a student, scholar and teacher,” said Barrette. “Having a better understanding of questioning — how wonder comes and moves into explicit formulation — prepares a ground that will support me in all three of these roles.”

Dr. Michael Sharkey, a philosophy professor at UW-Platteville, had positive words for Barrette. “In addition to running track and working long hours in the library while at UW-Platteville, Andrew developed his intellectual and literary ability sufficiently to gain acceptance first into a master’s and then a doctoral degree program,” said Sharkey. “Since then, he has become a thinker to reckon with, as the Fulbright scholarship shows. The whole trajectory of his learning shows what is possible for UW-Platteville students.”

“UW-Platteville provided me with friendships of the sort that occur only with one’s mentors,” Barrette said. “Even if we no longer speak often, I can still hear their advice and encouragement.”

Contact: Dr. Michael Sharkey, department of humanities, (608) 342-1381,

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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