WASHINGTON – Barbara Krauthamer. Jennifer Lee. Lisa Garcia Bedolla.
Thanks to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' program,New Scholarship in Race and Ethnicity,these three scholars,and their work,are a little more known today than the day before.
“I created this program to showcase the work of junior scholars,” said Philippa Strum,director of U.S. Studies at the Wilson Center. Strum finds junior scholars through recommendations from senior scholars and fellows at the center.
The format of the Wilson Center's program allows junior scholars to present their research and receive feedback from older,more experienced professors. The presenter gets to request professors for the panel,usually inviting professors whom they admire and respect.
Although other departments at the Wilson Center work with younger scholars,the U.S. studies division has the only formal,structured program,said Sharon McCarter,director of outreach and communications.
Garcia Bedolla,the latest to showcase her work,presented her research,“Studying Inequality: Race,Class,Gender and Sexuality,” Tuesday.
“It's a really good program,” said Garcia Bedolla,assistant professor of political science at the University of California Irvine. “Junior scholars are into the development of a national reputation and presenting at the Woodrow Wilson Center is very helpful.”
Joining Garcia Bedolla was Professor Rodney E. Hero from the University of Notre Dame and Professor Jennifer L. Hochschild of Harvard University. These senior scholars critiqued Bedolla's research,pointing out shortfalls and offering suggestions.
The audience included about 30 social science scholars who were able to ask questions and offer advice.
“It's just nice to present to people of different disciplines. We usually just get to do things like this in our own little circle,” said Garcia Bedolla.
Krauthamer,professor of history at New York University,was the first to present in the series,on Feb. 25. Her research,“The Meanings of Citizenship: African-American Emancipation and Indian Sovereignty in the Post-Civil War United States,” takes a look at slaves held by the Choctaw,Chickasaw,Creek,Cherokee and Seminole nations after the Civil War.
On April 12,Lee presented her research on America's changing color line,“Moving Beyond the Black-White Color Line: The Implications of Immigration,Intermarriage,and Multiracial Identification.”
The New Scholarship in Race and Ethnicity program will continue throughout the year. Whether the program will carry on after that depends on funding.
“I hope it will continue,” said Strum. “We,in this department,had to raise the money for this. So the question is,can we raise the money for next year.”
The program will continue June 14,with Edwina Barvosa-Carter's research, “Linking Multiple Identities to the Demands of Democratic Citizenship.”
According to the Wilson Center's Web site,it is a memorial to the only U.S. president ever to hold a doctorate,Woodrow Wilson. It is a place where scholars can present and exchange ideas on topics from Eastern European studies to history and public policy.
The center oversees 22 projects and programs,covering such topics as the Middle East and environmental change and security. Each program area sponsors conferences,forums and research and produces publications.