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August 13, 2008

Wayne Morse Center Welcomes Resident Scholars

Professor McKinley is an assistant professor at Oregon Law and, as resident scholar, will continue her groundbreaking research on race, gender and cultural citizenship. Titled, “Bringing in Outsiders: Cultural Citizenship in Refugee and Asylum Law,” her project critically examines a new generation of refugee litigation focused on gender and culture, using the legal ambivalence of the refugee to explore critical aspects of the debate on citizenship.

Professor McKinley is organizing a symposium on “Contested Citizenship” that will be held in the spring. Senior scholars will discuss exciting new works by junior faculty and the Wayne Morse Dissertation Fellows.  

Professor McKinley joined the Oregon Law faculty in 2007. She attended Harvard Law School, where she was executive editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. McKinley has been active internationally, serving as the managing director of Cultural Survival, an advocacy and research organization dedicated to indigenous peoples.

Professor HoSang is an assistant professor of ethnic studies and political science in the UO Department of Political Science. As resident scholar, he will delve further into his project “Race, Direct Democracy and the Future of Civil Rights,” which explores the way ballot initiatives relate to race, such as affirmative action and immigration policy, and shape the terrain of state and national politics. His award-winning dissertation focused on California electoral initiatives, and he is completing a book on the subject, Racial Proposition: Genteel Apartheid in Postwar California.

Professor HoSang is turning his lens to Oregon and the Northwest, seeking to trace the origin and development of the current “colorblind consensus” on race. He is organizing a major symposium for the spring on “Racial Formation in the 21st Century,” reviewing the theory of racial formation as we approach the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking book by Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formation in the United States.

Professor HoSang earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California. He has published several articles on race and American political development, political engagement of youth, and Asian Americans in the political process.

Each year, the Wayne Morse Center hosts two UO faculty members as Resident Scholars, one from the School of Law and one from another UO department in an appropriate discipline related to the current Morse Center theme.  Resident Scholars help frame the theme, advise the center on programs, and work on academic writings.

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