Center Of Public Affairs Awards Fellowships To 11 Outstanding Scholars
7, 2001-- The University of Virginias Miller
Center of Public Affairs has selected 11 leading doctoral candidates
from around the United States to receive its 2001 Miller Center
Fellowships in contemporary politics, policy and political history.
fellow will receive a one-year $15,000 grant to support his or her
writing and research in American political development. Fellows
are encouraged, although not required, to spend time in residence
at the Miller Center.
center received 90 applications this year from scholars in a variety
of fields, including history, political science, economics, American
studies, international relations and sociology. The Miller Center
judged the applications on their scholarly quality and their potential
to shed new light on important public-policy issues.
Miller Center Fellowships will assist these graduate students in
completing their work at a critical juncture in their scholarship
and will also encourage talented young scholars to conduct work
that informs the public and decision-makers," said U.Va. historian
Brian Balogh, who co-directs the program with presidential scholar
Sidney M. Milkis.
fellowship program culminates each spring with a conference at the
Miller Center that brings together the fellows and leading scholars,
editors, journalists and policy-makers to discuss the students
work. The conference for current Miller Center Fellows is Saturday
May 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Miller Center. It is open
to the public.
year, the Miller Center also awarded a special fellowship to University
of Virginia student George Xuezhi Guo, in memory of Tony Leng, a
longtime scholar at the Miller Center and pioneer in the field of
Asian-American studies, who died last year. The Tony Leng Fellowship
supports a scholar whose work significantly contributes to scholarship
on Asian studies or Asian-American policy issues.
Miller Center Foundation Fellowship Endowment and the Miller Centers
operating budget funds this year's foundation. In future years,
the Miller Center Foundation hopes to support the full cost of the
fellowship program through a self-sustaining endowment, for which
it is actively fundraising.
2001 Miller Center Fellowship recipients (and their research) are:
H. Crespino, Stanford University. Massive Accommodation:
White Mississippians and the End of Jim Crow, 1948-1970. Crespino
examines the impact of racial desegregation on political culture
in the South by providing a case study of both resistance and accommodation
to civil rights reform in Mississipis white community. He
shows how key policy makers and wealthy elites accommodated racial
change by accepting token forms of desegregation that preserved
racial and economic privilege, forestalled further civil-rights
reform, and created a new form of conservatism that has dramatically
affected modern politics.
has received grants and awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation, and the Mississippi Economic Council.
He formerly taught high school in Indianola, Miss.
Eichner, University of North Carolina. Reinstating Family:
Rethinking the Relationship Between the Family and the State.
Eichner explains the apparent lack of legal protections and other
services available to families, despite American societys
professed support of the family ideal. She argues for a new view
of the family-state relationship that rejects assumptions about
the relationships among individuals and the role of the state that
currently dominates various areas of U.S. law.
graduate of the Yale Law School, Eichner has practiced law in Raleigh,
N.C., specializing in litigation of civil rights, labor law, and
employment-related matters. Her work has appeared in a number of
Fein, Brandeis University. Public Works: The Politics of
Highway Construction in New York State, 1890-1956. Fein
studies the relationships of local, state, and federal governments;
the economy; and the larger political culture of the United States
in the context of developing the nation's transportation infrastructure.
Fein offers insight and historical perspective into how the federal
government handles problems that are national in scope but local
has received the Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Grant from
the New York State Archives as well as a Crown Fellowship from Brandeis
Xuezhi Guo, University of Virginia. The Guanxi (Interpersonal
Relations) of Chinese Communist Elite: Theory and Practice.
Guo explains the role of guanxi, or interpersonal relations,
in modern Chinese politics. In this work, Guo challenges the conventional
Western interpretation of the nature of Chinese politics and critiques,
as oversimplified, the conventional view of Chinese politics as
factional and bureaucratic.
is author of a forthcoming book, Shaping Elite Politics in China:
A Historical and Cultural Perspective.
R. Krebs, Columbia University. A School for the Nation?
Military Institutions and the Boundaries of Nationality. Arguing
that a countrys military is not just an instrument for the
application of force but an institution to influence the character
of the surrounding society, Krebs work examines how the militarys
participation policies shape the nature and fate of minorities
struggles for citizenship rights.
was an assistant editor at Foreign Affairs, and his work
has appeared in International Organization, Security Studies,
and the Journal of Strategic Studies. He is also
the author of Dueling Visions: U.S. Strategy Toward Eastern Europe
Under Eisenhower (Texas A & M University Press, 2001). His
current research has received support from the John M. Olin Institute
for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, the United States Institute
of Peace, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, the Eisenhower
World Affairs Institute, and Columbia University.
L. Malloy, Stanford University. Henry L. Stimson and the
American Foreign Policy Tradition. Malloy looks at the career
of legendary Republican statesman Henry L. Stimson, who served under
President's Taft, Hoover and Roosevelt, and his powerful role in
shaping Americas transformation from an isolated and internationally
inexperienced nation to a world superpower.
has received awards and honors from the Center for International
Security Cooperation, the A.W. Mellon Foundation, and the Herbert
Hoover Presidential Library.
McGuinn, University of Virginia. The Institutionalization
of Federal Education Policy, 1965 2000. McGuinns
work focuses on the federal governments role in public education
and argues that development and public acceptance of an equity argument
for federal intervention in education in the 1960s led to creation
of new educational institutions at the national level. McGuinn explains
how these new institutions, combined with established governing
institutions and new political incentives, fueled a flurry of federal
is a past recipient of the Bradley and Olin Fellowships and is currently
a fellow at the Center for Governmental Studies at the University
E. Mellow, University of Texas at Austin. Rising Partisanship:
A Study of the Regional Dimensions of Party Conflict in the Post-War
House of Representatives. Mellow examines the resurgence of
political-party conflict since the 1970s. Mellow argues that the
rise of partisan politics results from regional restructuring of
the New Deal party system that shifted the geographic bases of both
Democrats and Republicans.
has received grants and awards from the Everett C. Dirksen Congressional
Research Award and the Carl Albert Center. Her work has been published
in The Annals of the American Academy in Political and Social
Science, Georgetown Public Policy Review, and Catholic Education.
J. Morris, University of Virginia. Charity, Therapy and Poverty:
Private Social Service in the Area of Public Welfare. Morriss
studies how nonprofit private welfare organizations dramatically
changed how society helps the poor in the post-WWII era of public
welfare. Specifically, he explains how private charity revived itself
by moving from its traditional dispensation of outright assistance
to providing therapy as a way of giving. The voluntary sectors
embrace of counseling, Morris argues, paved the way for a social-services
approach to poverty by the public sector in the early 1960s.
is a past recipient of fellowships from the Aspen Institute, University
of Minnesota, and University of Virginia for his studies in social
Pugh OMara, University of Pennsylvania. Cities of Knowledge:
Cold War Politics and the Roots of the Information Age Metropolis,
1945-1975. OMara explores how increased federal spending
on higher education and scientific research, spurred by Cold War
politics, transformed major U.S. metropolitan areas by encouraging
high-technology, high-skill employment sectors.
has worked in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and
the White House, where she helped create and implement several policy
programs, including the Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities
Initiative, and welfare reform.
Thomas, University of California at Los Angeles. The Good
Negroes: African-American Athletes and the Cultural Cold War, 1945-1968.
Thomas examines the U.S. Athletic Goodwill Tours program of the
Cold War era that sent athletes, coaches, and sports teams overseas
to promote the American democratic way of life and counteract images
of America as a nation torn by racial strife. Thomas challenges
the assumption that integrated sports had an overwhelmingly beneficial
impact on civil rights and argues that the politics of symbolism
the Goodwill Tours employed were designed legitimize racial inequalities
during that era.
has received a number of awards and honors from the Center for Black
Studies at UCLA, the Institute of American Cultures, and the National
Black Graduate Student Association. Since 1997, Thomas has served
as president of the Boys-to-Men Club of Los Angeles.
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