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American Bar Foundation Doctoral Fellows Chosen for 2015

May 4, 2015, Press releases

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CHICAGO, May 4, 2015 — The American Bar Foundation has awarded doctoral fellowships to three scholars who will be in residence at the ABF beginning in September 2015. The ABF, in collaboration with the Law and Society Association (LSA), aims to develop the next generation of scholars doing original and significant research on law, the legal profession, and legal institutions. Two fellowships are awarded under the Law and Social Science (LSS) Dissertation Fellowship and Mentoring Program, co-sponsored by LSA and the ABF. A third fellowship is awarded under the sole sponsorship of the ABF. Among a highly competitive application pool, Matthew Shaw and Amanda Hughett were selected as LSS Fellows and Andrea Miller was selected as an ABF Doctoral Fellow.

The LSS Fellowship, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a two-year program held in residence at the ABF’s Chicago office. It is open to third, fourth, and fifth year graduate students whose research interests include law and inequality as well as interdisciplinary and humanities students pursing empirically-based social science dissertations.

Matthew Shaw, LSS Doctoral Fellow, is a Ph.D. candidate in Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on educational inequity and explores issues such as affirmative action in higher education, school experiences of religious and LGBTQ youth, and educational services provided for students with disabilities.

Amanda Hughett, LSS Doctoral Fellow, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Duke University and studies how prison administrators, elected officials, lawyers, and judges responded to the U.S. prisoners’ rights movement in the 1970s.

The ABF Doctoral Fellowship is a one-year program open to Ph.D. candidates pursuing research in the general area of socio-legal studies, and diverse candidates are especially encouraged to seek this opportunity.

Andrea Miller, the ABF’s 2015 Doctoral Fellow, is a J.D./Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Her research examines the relationships between social-psychological processes, the law, and prejudice, discrimination, and inequality.

“I want to congratulate the newest group of doctoral fellows,” said Robert Nelson, ABF Director and member of both the LSS and ABF Fellowship selection committees. “The doctoral fellowship program has supported superb dissertation research and served to launch the careers of many young scholars in law and social science. It is one of the ABF’s unique contributions to the field.”

Past LSS and ABF Fellows have gone on to promising careers as tenured professors, legal professionals, and social science researchers. Qualified graduate students interested in applying for the 2016 LSS and ABF Fellowships can find more information about each fellowship and application requirements at the ABF website. The application period for both fellowships begins September 1, 2015.

The American Bar Foundation is the nation's leading research institute for the empirical study of law. An independent, nonprofit organization for more than 60 years, The American Bar Foundation’s mission is to serve the legal profession, the public, and the academy through empirical research, publications, and programs that advance justice and the understanding of law and its impact on society. The ABF’s primary funding is provided by the American Bar Endowment and The Fellows of The American Bar Foundation.

The Law and Society Association is an interdisciplinary scholarly organization committed to social scientific, interpretive, and historical analyses of law across multiple social contexts.

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress is 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense …” and is the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.


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