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.
Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship
The Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) Program is an interdisciplinary training program that helps graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate dissertation research proposals through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own.
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.
Elizabeth Sharrow, 2010 Dissertation Proposal Development Fellow, shares her story of using federal data in her research. The value of these collections is not just for researchers. Archival data provide a fundamental starting point for public conversation on the details of political conflict and compromise. They guard against revisionist interpretations of our political past. They implicate all Americans in the shared project of contesting and resisting a world devoid of political history.