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December 14, 2007

Professor Michelle McKinley Awarded Oregon Humanities Center Research Fellowship

The School of Law is pleased to congratulate Professor Michelle McKinley, who recently was awarded a University of Oregon Humanities Center Faculty Research Fellowship.  Professor McKinley will be a fellow-in-residence at the Center during the spring semester of 2009.  The fellowship will permit her to complete an upcoming book exploring hybridity and racial identity in Colonial Lima. Professor McKinley’s research uses archived records of annulment proceedings brought in ecclesiastical courts between free black, enslaved, and low-caste couples who alleged “notorious racial inequality” to dissolve their marriages in colonial Lima, Peru.   Through an analysis of the annulment pleadings between couples who were both enslaved and freed subjects, Professor McKinley will examine how race and inequality were experienced and articulated in an urban, slaveholding environment and mediated by the ecclesiastical courts. 

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