Miller Center Of Public Affairs Awards Fellowships To Nine Scholars
5, 2000 -- The
University of Virginias 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.
"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.
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 Centers
most tangible contributions to American society."
This year the
fellowships will be funded by the Miller Center Foundation fellowship
endowment and the Miller Centers 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 centers ultimate
goal is to create a self-sustaining fellowship endowment of $4 million.
The 2000 Miller
Center Fellowship recipients and their areas of research are:
Bass, Columbia University. JFK and Israel: The Kennedy Administration
and the Origins of the US-Israel Alliance. Basss 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.
Dunn, University of Virginia. Judges, Lawyers, and Experts:
Law versus Politics in Missouri vs. Jenkins. Dunns
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.
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
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
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. Milazzos 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.
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. Phillipss
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.
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).
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 Pennsylvanias 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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