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February 29, 2012

Professor Michelle McKinley awarded ACLS fellowship

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) recently awarded University of Oregon School of Law Associate Professor and Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow Michelle McKinley a fellowship for July 2012-May 2013. 

Theprestigious ACLS Fellowship is awarded to researchers in all disciplines ofhumanities and related social sciences. This was a particularly competitiveyear for the fellowship program with 1,191 eligible applications for 65 awards.

McKinley’s fellowship will support her continued work on the book manuscript “Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Legal Activism and Ecclesiastical Courts, 1589-1700,” which examines the legal agency of slaves — particularly enslaved women — in Peruvian ecclesiastical and civil courts during the 17th century.

McKinley teaches Immigration Law, Public International Law, International Criminal Law and Refugee and Asylum Law. This is the latest major award for McKinley, who has continued to garner national and international recognition for her worksince joining the Oregon Law faculty in 2007.

“We are immensely proudof Professor McKinley’s achievements,” said School of Law Dean Michael Moffitt. “She is one of the intellectual leaders of our faculty, and her manuscript, ‘Fractional Freedoms,’ is an example of her path breaking interdisciplinary research and analysis.”

McKinley’s list of honors and awards while at Oregon Law includes an Oregon Humanities Center Research Fellowship, a Wayne Morse Residential Fellowship, two awards from the American Philosophical Society, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Newberry Library Fellowship and the 2011 Surrency Prize.

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