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U.Va. Miller Center Of Public Affairs Awards Fellowships To Nine Scholars

September 5, 2000 -- The University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs has selected nine leading young scholars to receive the inaugural Miller Center Fellowships in Public Affairs.

Chosen from among 120 applicants nationwide, the fellows have received one-year, $15,000 grants to fund writing and research projects. Applications were judged on their scholarly quality and on their potential to shed new light on important public policy questions. The fellows are mostly doctoral candidates or independent scholars from a variety of fields including history, government and policy studies.

Modeled on successful programs such as the Olin and Brookings Fellows programs, the Miller Center Fellowship program aims to nurture the work of talented young scholars who study national institutions and public policy in a broad philosophical and historical context, said historian Brian Balogh, who co-directs the program with Miller Center presidential scholar Sidney M. Milkis.

The fellowships "will help graduate students and independent scholars at a critical time, when they are struggling for recognition and funding," Milkis said. "The work they propose to do will contribute significantly not only to scholarship in political history and public policy, but also to public discussion on the leading issues of our time."

In addition to their writing and research, fellows are expected to contribute to the intellectual discourse of the Miller Center. While not all of the fellows are expected to be in residence, they will be encouraged to spend some time there during the year. In addition, fellows will participate in a conference at the center in May 2001 that will showcase their work.

According to Kenneth Thompson, former longtime director of the Miller Center, "This program is possible because of the support of hundreds of benefactors, many of whom have contributed to the center for a decade or more. It was my hope that this investment in young scholars and their work will, 20 years from now, be among the Miller Center’s most tangible contributions to American society."

This year the fellowships will be funded by the Miller Center Foundation fellowship endowment and the Miller Center’s operations budget. In the future, the center plans to fund the full cost of the fellowship program solely through the fellowship endowment. To ensure the long-term viability of the fellowship program, the center’s ultimate goal is to create a self-sustaining fellowship endowment of $4 million.

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The 2000 Miller Center Fellowship recipients and their areas of research are:

Warren Bass, Columbia University. JFK and Israel: The Kennedy Administration and the Origins of the US-Israel Alliance. Bass’s research focuses on an unexplored but vital area in American diplomatic history. He is an associate editor of Foreign Affairs. His work has appeared in Slate, the New York Times, and the New Republic.

Joshua Dunn, University of Virginia. Judges, Lawyers, and Experts: Law versus Politics in Missouri vs. Jenkins. Dunn’s work considers the intersection of judicial policy-making and urban education in Kansas City, and how one judge, Russell Clark, attempted to address the constitutional issues of desegregation. Dunn has served as the associate editor of the Journal of Law and Politics at the University of Virginia. He is a past recipient of the Bradley and Olin Fellowships.

Jasmine Farrier, University of Texas at Austin. Why Congress Delegates Decisions on the Budget: Institutional Origins and Consequences. Farrier investigates why Congress has consistently delegated various parts of its budget-making powers to external institutions since 1921, when the annual presidential budget was created. Farrier recently received her Ph.D. from the Department of Government at the University of Texas-Austin, where she is currently an assistant instructor.

Lorraine K. Gates, University of Virginia. The Weight of Their Votes: Southern Women and Politics in the 1920s. By analyzing a variety of sources, including the papers of politically active women and their reform organizations, political party records, legislative journals, newspapers, and broadsides, Gates challenges the prevailing scholarly understanding of the meaning of the Nineteenth Amendment. Gates has received research grants and fellowships from the Virginia Historical Society, Duke University, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.

Paul C. Milazzo, University of Virginia. Legislating the Solution to Pollution: Congress and the Development of Federal Water Pollution Control Policy in the United States, 1945-1975. Milazzo’s research focuses on the history of water pollution control policy and advances a revised interpretation of American political development -- one that underscores the positive role the United States Congress played in reordering national priorities toward environmental protection legislation. Milazzo has received fellowships and grants from the University of Virginia, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, and the Organization of American Historians.

Sarah T. Phillips, Boston University. Acres Fit and Unfit: Environmental Liberalism and the American State. Phillips traces the connection between ideology and the changing landscape from 1925 to 1955, and highlights how the creation of a new environmental infrastructure established the contours of New Deal and postwar liberalism. Phillips’s work has appeared in Environmental History, and she has received travel grants from the Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Lyndon Johnson Presidential Libraries.

Susan Schantz, Brandeis University. Work, Citizenship and Welfare: The Institutionalization of the Work Ethic in Work Relief Policies from the New Deal to the Present. Schantz investigates how well work relief programs have succeeded or failed and, more specifically, examines the relationship between the work ethic and the American ideal of democratic citizenship with case studies of work relief programs from three periods of economic change: the New Deal, the Great Society, and the contemporary scene. Schantz has been awarded numerous teaching assistantships at Brandeis University and is the co-author of Best Practices Manual: Massachusetts and National Community Service Commission (1996).

Peter Siskind, University of Pennsylvania. Growing Pains: Political Economy and Place on the Northeast Corridor, 1950s-1970s. Siskind explores the complicated web of forces that produced significant aggregate economic growth as well as unintended consequences in the postwar decades --the deconcentration of population and employment away form central cities, uncoordinated suburban development, profound inequalities along lines of space, race and class. Siskind is a recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Benjamin Franklin Fellowship and a former freelance journalist. His work has appeared in magazines such as Lies of Our Times and In These Times, and he worked for several years at The Nation.

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