I have had five Fulbrights: a student grant to Grenoble, France in 1963–64; a Junior lectureship to Chambery, France in 1976–77; a Senior Lectureship to Brussels and Liege, Belgium in 1984–85; a Senior Lectureship to Lund, Sweden in 1992; and a Distinguished Chair Award to Vienna, Austria in 2005–06. All of these have greatly influenced not only my personal and professional life but also the lives of my children and grandchildren. In 1963, I met a Fulbright graduate student in Voice named Guy Hargrove, and we have been married for 49 years.
Professionally, I have benefited from living and teaching in other cultures and brought my love and knowledge of modern American Literature to many university students in my classes as well as to the local communities through giving open lectures and interacting with people from many walks of life. We have many friends from these Fulbright years whom we often visit. My scholarship has also been informed by my Fulbrights; for example, my most recent book, "T.S. Eliot's Parisian Year (2009), was a result of my in-depth knowledge of French language, literature, and culture, gained during my first two Fulbrights and supplemented by subsequent research trips.
I have also served on two different Fulbright selection committees in Washington, been the Fulbright advisor on two occasions for my university, and "pay it forward" by being highly involved with our Rotary Exchange students. The Fulbright has deeply and significantly impacted my life, for which I am unfailingly grateful.
Nancy D. Hargrove is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Ph.D. in English and American Studies. She studied at the University of Grenoble as a US Fulbright Student in 1963–64. She was later awarded with other Fulbright grants including a Junior Lectureship to France and a Senior Lectureship to Belgium.