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Fellowship in Race, Law & History

2020-2021 Fellows

Tamar Alexanian, J.D. candidate
"Racism & The Child Welfare System: The Impact on Families from 1900-2008"

Grace Argo, Ph.D. candidate, History and Women's & Gender Studies
"Constructing the American Family: Debates on Incest in US Law, 1870-1940"

Marlee Goska, J.D. candidate

"'The Fight Brought to our Cultural Doorstep': Tribal Access to and Co-Management of their Dispossessed Lands"

Katherine Markey, J.D. candidate
"Policing Interracial Relationships: Morals Law as Anti-Miscegenation in Progressive Era Chicago"

Gianna May Sanchez, Ph.D. candidate, History
"'No physician within 14 miles': Legislative Negotiation of Medical Practice and Traditional Healing in New Mexico, 1880-1940"

Jonathan Quint, Ph.D. candidate, History
"Natives, Newcomers, and the Formation of the US-Canadian Border in the Detroit River Region, 1760-1820"

Reuben Riggs-Bookman, Ph.D. candidate, Anthropology and History
"Emergency Management: Transformation in Democracy and Neoliberal Governance, 1970-Present"

Apply for a 2020-2021 fellowship. Note: Application deadline is September 11, 2020.

Fellowships and Application Procedure

The Program in Race, Law & History at Michigan Law will award up to five 2020-2021 academic year fellowships to students enrolled in J.D., Ph.D. and other terminal graduate programs at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The Program fosters interdisciplinary research at the intersection of three lines of intellectual inquiry: law, history, and race. Through helping law and graduate students engage in this scholarship and collaborate with scholars in the field at Michigan Law and beyond, the Program provides a space for historical investigation into the ongoing salience of race in our world.

A sense of the scope of projects carried out under Program can be gained by viewing the list of former Fellows and their research topics.

Fellows in the Program in Race, Law & History receive financial support for independent research and present their research findings at the Program’s annual winter term fellows’ symposium. There they receive comments from scholars in the field, including an invited commentator from outside of UM. Fellows’ research may take shape in conjunction with developing a journal note project into a publishable article, or transforming a seminar paper into a dissertation chapter or a journal article, for example. Fellows are also expected to participate in the on-going activities of the Program, including workshops and symposia, and attend the annual American Society for Legal History conference. (That conference will be held virtually in November 2020.)

Fellows will each receive up to $2,500 in reimbursement for pre-authorized spending, which may include authorized travel, acquisition of digital materials, and other research expenses. Fellows are expected to be enrolled as students for AY 2020-2021, and to be available to participate (remotely, when appropriate) in events sponsored by the Program in Race, Law & History, and in at least some of the year's other legal history events (see the tab 'Upcoming Events' on this site).

We welcome applications from students developing independent research proposals within the scope of the Program in Race, Law & History. Applications must include a 500-word research proposal, a proposed budget itemizing expected expenses, a C.V. or resumé, and the name and contact information for one UM faculty recommender, who will normally assist in providing area expertise and supervision for the research. Applications will be evaluated by an ad-hoc faculty committee, and judged on the  quality of the research proposal; the relevance of the research proposal to the thematic focus of the Program in Race, Law & History; demonstrated support from the faculty recommender; and academic distinction. (Note, the fellowship does not cover tuition or living expenses.) Applications are due via email by September 11, 2020, to Fellowship recipients will be announced on October 1.

About the Program
The Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to research and teaching at the intersection of these three lines of intellectual inquiry. Through new scholarship, the training of students in law and history, and collaborations with colleagues and institutions at Michigan and beyond, the Program provides a unique historical perspective on the ongoing salience of race in our world. Our work is grounded in scholarship that has established race as at the core of interpreting the history of the Americas. Race in this sense is understood as a set of ideas that rely upon understandings of religion, culture, labor, biology, and politics, and have both rationalized profound inequality and galvanized movements for social justice. Scholars have charted the connections between legal culture and slavery and its abolition, the emergence of democratic states, imperialism, social welfare policy, and movements for civil and human rights. Our work is linked to the broad trends in social and cultural history, exploring how race and law have come together to shape ideas about home, family, marriage, gender, and sexuality.

The fellowships in Race, Law & History are made possible through the support of Faith (AB '69) and Stephen (AB '66, JD '69) Brown, Professor Tom and Ruth Green, and the Michael G. and Deborah L. Harrison Fund.  

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