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New Doctoral Fellows, 2010-2011

LSA/NSF/ABF Doctoral Fellow (2010-2012)
Shaun Ossei-Owusu is pursuing his PhD in Africa Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley studying urban marginality.  He completed an MLA in African Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  In an attempt to bring together traditional criminology and critical race theory, Mr. Ossei-Owusu asks:  how do race, class and gender influence individual experiences and perceptions of crime as well as broader cultural assumptions about criminality and criminal justice institutions?  His dissertation probes individuals’ experiences of and orientations toward crime at the micro-level, understanding the relationship between crime and discrimination, as well as the consequences of maldistributed penalties, social burdens, and legal resources for US society.   He has published extensively on post-racism, the normalization of violence against women in hip hop, and discretion in criminal law and is the recipient of the Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellowship and a National Science Foundation grant.

LSA/NSF/ABF Doctoral Fellow (2010-2012)
Kimberly Welch is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Maryland. After completing her MA in American History at American University.  Ms. Welch’s research of local legal culture in Louisiana and Mississippi is based on lower court records of interactions between subordinated people in the Old South (slaves, free people of color, and women) and the law from 1820 - 1860.  Ms. Welch’s careful analysis of several thousand lower court records and manuscripts of lower court trials demonstrates the important ways that subordinated individuals often were the agents, not just the objects of law.  Her research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon fellowship for research in original sources.

ABF Doctoral Fellow
Destiny Peery, is a joint JD-PhD student in social psychology at Northwestern University.  Her dissertation research interrogates the question of how psychology and law interact to create, shape, and maintain the social category of race.  She examines the creation of categories of racial identity through law and the perpetuation of racial notions based on those categories over time, and she pays particularly close attention to how society treats people whose ambiguous racial backgrounds do not fit neatly into those categories.  She applies historical and comparative analyses in her work, which has already appeared in such first-tier publications as the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies and Psychological Science. Destiny is a 2004 alumna of the Summer Research Diversity Fellowship program.