The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announced that Maggie Dickinson, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Andrea Morrell, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, are among the 2019 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellows. This is the first year of this program, which supports research projects from humanities and social science faculty who teach at two-year colleges. The program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The fellowships this year will support 26 scholars as they conduct research on a wide range of topics, and bring their findings back to their classrooms and communities. Professor Dickinson’s research project, Repairing Inequality?: Disaster Relief, Deservingness, and the Growing Wealth Gap in the United States, asks how disaster aid could be remade in order to reduce, rather than exacerbate, social inequalities. Professor Morrell’s project, Prison Town: Race, Work, and Making the Carceral State in Elmira, New York, examines the carceral state in an upstate New York prison town, and shows how people live across the divides as a result.
“I could not be more proud of our two ACLS Fellows. Andrea Morrell’s work on the economic and cultural impact of prisons in an upstate New York community, and Maggie Dickinson’s exploration of how publicly funded relief efforts affect structural inequality, beautifully exemplify the kind of engaged scholarship which is so central to Guttman’s institutional mission. They are truly teacher-scholars whose work suffuses the classroom as well as their disciplinary fields. It’s tremendously heartening to see their accomplishments recognized by ACLS,” noted Howard M. Wach, Guttman Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
This is the first of three annual competitions funded by this grant. Fellows receive a $40,000 stipend over 18 months and will participate in a convening to meet, share their work, and discuss broader issues in the humanities in the community college sector.
More information about the Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellows recipients and their projects is available on the website.