Aimi Hamraie, an alumnus of the Dissertation Proposal Development Program, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society and American Studies at Vanderbilt University who focuses on critical disability studies. They spoke with the SSRC to discuss their research on Universal Design and their project “Mapping Access” that assesses accessibility on Vanderbilt’s campus.
Crystal Fleming, an alumnus of the SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program and the Mellon-Mays Graduate Initiatives Program, published a new book How to Be Less Stupid About Race. Here, Fleming discusses her academic journey towards pursuing public scholarship through Twitter and her most recent publication.
Stuart Schrader, 2011 SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship recipient, traces the arc of US security assistance to Latin America from the late nineteenth century to the present, and finds deep continuities amid the policy changes. From gunboat diplomacy and direct occupation to training and support for militaries, police, and counterinsurgency, economic and geopolitical interests have predominated. At the same time, the legacy of former policies constrains new ones, and Latin American elites, once dependent on the United States, have grown more autonomous in pursuing their own political projects.
In this discussion, we focus particularly on digital resources and their relationship to pedagogy. We invited contributors to provide a brief response describing a digital project they created or use in the classroom. Chris Gratien, a 2012 International Dissertation Research Fellowship recipient, discusses podcasts as a resource in the classroom.