Andrew Vierra was graduating from Georgia State University’s Philosophy Master’s program when he was awarded a Fulbright in 2016 to conduct research in Germany. His Fulbright experience began in the small town of Marburg, Germany. For one month, he had the opportunity to take an intensive language course and learn about German culture with a small group of Fulbright grantees. He was afforded a wide variety of opportunities, including trips to Frankfurt’s museum festival, a ferry ride down the Rhine, and even the chance to go on air at a local radio station to talk about the American election (in German!).
He conducted his research at the University of Hamburg in the areas of comparative law and neuroscience, focusing on the ways different legal systems treat individuals diagnosed with psychopathy in order to determine the extent to which psychopaths ought to be held legally responsible for their violent crimes. His contention is that psychopaths ought to be largely exonerated from blame in light of recent findings in neuroscience.
Despite his busy research schedule, he had some time to explore Europe. The Fulbright Commission even provided funding for him to travel to Belgium and Luxembourg for a seminar on the EU and NATO. Along with other Fulbrighters from across Europe, he spoke with and learned from officials at the US Embassy in Belgium and NATO headquarters. He even had dinner with the former US Ambassador to Belgium and attended a hearing at the European Union Court of Justice.
Andrew also shared that none of these experiences would have been possible without the help of GSU fellowship advisor Katrina Helz and the exceptional education he received from the GSU department of philosophy, as well as Robin Huff in the German language department. He feels very proud to represent the Panthers abroad.