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April 1, 2008

Wayne Morse Center Announces 2008-2009 Dissertation Fellowships

The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics recently announced its 2008-2009 dissertation fellowship recipients.  Fellowship recipients receive a stipend of $3,000 for either the Fall 2008 quarter or the Winter 2009 quarter, in addition to a tuition waver.  This support is designed to allow recipients to focus on research and writing for one term.  The subject of their dissertations must relate to the center’s current theme of inquiry, “Democracy and Citizenship in the 21st Century.”

The 2008-2009 dissertation fellowship recipients are:

  • Camille Walsh, graduate of Harvard Law School, is earning a Ph.D. in history.  Her dissertation, “Class, Race, and Claiming the Right to Equal Education, 1874-1974,” traces the legal history of modern de facto school segregation as the product of both racial and economic inequality.  It explores how class and race are treated differently under the law, and how we can better understand the ongoing challenge of educational equity in the law.
  • Jen Erickson, anthropology student, is completing her dissertation, “Citizenship, the State, and Resistance: Refugees and Social Service Organizations in the Midwest United States.”  Her dissertation explores the question how social citizenship in the United States is mediated and experienced among immigrant and refugee groups.  The locus of the study is Bosnian and Sudanese refugees living in Fargo, North Dakota.  She examines how public and private social service agencies categorize refugees and the varied ways in which ideas about citizenship are felt, contested and perpetuated.
  • Veta Schlimgen, is completing her Ph.D. in history and is the alternate dissertation fellow.  Her dissertation, “From Insular Subjects to Colonial Aliens: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and Filipino American from 1900 to 1950,” is a project that, as she puts it, “grand and intimate.”  She analyzes a rarely explored civil status between citizen and alien, “American national.” 

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