Julie Bunck & Michael Fowler
Discipline: Political Science
University of Louisville
Julie Bunck is Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville. A three-time Fulbright Scholar (Mexico, Japan, and Central America), she has served since 2002 as the University’s Distinguished Honors Professor. Her books have been assigned at various universities, including Stanford and Princeton, and her signature work, Fidel Castro and the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture in Cuba, long led the list of the twenty best books on the Cuban revolution compiled by Questia, the world’s largest on-line library. Peter Andreas of Brown University wrote of her most recent book, Bribes, Bullets, and Intimidation: Drug Trafficking and the Law in Central America (co-authored with Professor Michael Fowler): “It will instantly become the reference book for understanding the role of Central America in the international drug trade and the profound impact of the trade on the countries of the region…. [A]nyone who fails to cite this book when writing about drug trafficking in Central America will provoke raised eyebrows.” In 2016 the University of Louisville awarded Professor Bunck the highest honor given to faculty members, the Trustees Award, in recognition of her extraordinary impact on students. Louisville students have nominated Julie Bunck as a Faculty Favorite on six occasions, and Louisville athletes as a Faculty Mentor on three. Named the Outstanding Faculty Mentor by the U of L Athletics Department, Julie Bunck has also been awarded the Presidential Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award. A former college basketball player (Kansas State University), Professor Bunck is an avid runner and rider. When not teaching, she can usually be found tending to her southern Indiana horse farm, located within the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana, or chasing after her four teen-aged children.
Michael Fowler is Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville. Twice a Fulbright Scholar to Japan and a visiting professor for Semester at Sea for the Fall 2011 and Fall 2013 voyages, Professor Fowler has published seven books, including Mastering Negotiation (2017) and Bribes, Bullets, and Intimidation: Drug Trafficking and the Law in Central America (2012) (co-authored with Professor Julie Bunck). The University of Louisville named Professor Fowler the founding director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice. Later, it awarded him its Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award and its Distinguished International Service Award. Louisville students have nominated Mike Fowler as a Faculty Favorite on six occasions, and Louisville athletes as a Faculty Mentor on three. His written work has been assigned in courses at various universities, including Stanford, Columbia, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. A graduate of Harvard Law School and once a practicing lawyer in Boston, Professor Fowler served as the first American to teach international law to Vietnamese officials and the first American to lecture Lao officials, teaching international negotiation to diplomats. He has lectured in Argentina, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Panama, and Venezuela, as well as in visiting posts at Tufts University, the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, and George Washington University. When not teaching, Mike Fowler can usually be found coaching baseball, serving as the groundskeeper on the ‘Field of Dreams’ of his southern Indiana farm, or off on some errand for one of his four teen-aged children.