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April 18, 2008

Professor Michelle McKinley Receives American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant

Professor Michelle McKinley recently received an American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant.  The $5,000 grant will support Professor McKinley’s archival research on the dissolution of slave and low-caste marriages in 17th century colonial Peru, focusing on the ways in which free black and low-caste litigants used the grounds of “notorious inequality” in their annulment petitions before the canon law courts.  In conducting the research, Professor McKinley will review 600 annulment proceedings from the 17th and 18th centuries that are housed at the Archbishop’s Archive in La Victoria, Lima, Peru, as well as secondary sources such as letters of manumission and classified advertisements offering sub-contracting of slave services published in the Limeño daily, El Mercurio Peruano.  The Franklin grant is particularly helpful to Professor McKinley as it allows her to conduct archival research during her tenure as a 2008-09 Oregon Humanities Center Fellow.      

Since 1933 the American Philosophical Society has awarded small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge.  The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs to travel to libraries and archives for research purposes.

Professor McKinley graduated from Harvard Law School, where she was executive editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal.  She also earned a master’s degree in social anthropology at Oxford University.  Prior to joining the Oregon Law faculty, Professor McKinley served as the Managing Director at Cultural Survival, an advocacy and research organization dedicated to indigenous peoples.  She also founded and directed the Amazonian Peoples’ Resources Initiative, a community-based reproductive rights organization in Peru, where she worked as an advocate for global health and human rights.  Professor McKinley currently teaches Law, Culture and Society; Immigration Law; Public International Law; and Refugee and Asylum Law. 


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