Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity announces 2011-12 fellows

This year's fellows include visiting faculty from Brown University, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, California State University-East Bay and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as eight Stanford graduate students.

The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) has chosen 12 fellows who will be in residence at Stanford during the 2011-12 academic year.

This year's cohort of fellows includes four visiting faculty members who have been named External Faculty Fellows, as well as eight Stanford graduate students who have been named Graduate Dissertation Fellows, Graduate Teaching and Research Fellows and CCSRE Graduate Fellows.

The purpose of the center's External Faculty Fellows Program is to bring outstanding scholars to Stanford to expand and develop research and scholarship in the areas of race, ethnicity and culture.

During their fellowship year, external faculty fellows conduct independent research, complete manuscripts and participate in the center's programs, including the Fellows Forum, in which fellows and graduate students discuss their current research and scholarship, and the Faculty Seminar Series, a monthly lunchtime speaker series for faculty and graduate students. They also hold informal meetings with undergraduates majoring in the center's interdisciplinary programs.

This year's Distinguished Faculty Fellow is:

Barrymore A. Bogues, professor of Africana studies, Brown University, who is writing a book, Singing Songs of Freedom: A Study of Freedom in African and African Diaspora Political Thought and Intellectual History.

This year's External Faculty Fellows are:

William J. Bauer Jr., associate professor of history, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, who is writing a book, Indigenizing California History.

Bridget Ford, associate professor of history, California State University-East Bay, who is writing a book, American Crossings: Forging Union in a Civil War Borderland.

Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, associate professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is writing a book, Dorothy West's Paradise: A Biography of Class and Color.

The center's Graduate Dissertation Fellows receive one year's support to complete their dissertations. They also participate in the Fellows Forum, Faculty Seminar Series and other CCSRE events.

This year's Graduate Dissertation Fellows are:

Steffi Dippold, English, whose dissertation is titled Plain as in Primitive: The Figure of the Native in Early American Literature.

Cynthia S. Levine, psychology, whose dissertation is titled, Who Can Improve? How a Target's Race Dictates Perceptions of Potential for Growth.

Elda María Román, English, whose dissertation is titled Symbolic Wages and Identity Taxes: Upward Mobility and Middle Class Status in Chicana/o and Black Cultural Production.

CCSRE's Graduate Teaching and Research Fellows, who are part of the center's interdisciplinary undergraduate program, receive financial support to write their dissertations. In addition, they serve as teaching assistants for the center's courses or teach their own independent courses.

This year's Graduate Teaching and Research Fellows are:

Jakeya Caruthers, School of Education, whose dissertation is titled Crisis Queen: Black Women and Embodied Citizenship in the Era of Austerity.

Patricia J. Seo, sociology, whose dissertation is titled From the Curb to the Center to Out in the Cold: Community Action and Reaction to Immigrant Day Workers.

Whitney M. Trump, English, whose dissertation is titled Always a Second Edition: The Racial Politics of Rewriting in 19th-Century American Literature.

The center's CCSRE Graduate Fellows receive a three-year award that allows them to spend their first years of graduate work at the center. The fellowships are designed for newly admitted doctoral students. The office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education provides funding for CCSRE Graduate Fellows.

This year's CCSRE Graduate Fellows are:

Teresa G. Jimenez, English.

Ashley A. Lagaron, political science.

They join continuing CCSRE graduate fellows Alyssa Fu, psychology; Destin Jenkins, history; and Luis E. Poza and Maribel Santiago, School of Education.