CDMS 2009-2010 Fellows




David R. Roediger
Department of History

“One Symptom of Originality”: Race, Immigration and the Management of Labor in the United States

This history of race, immigration and the managements in the U.S. takes critical race studies into areas of history, including history of engineering, where it has little presence.  This study argues that from settlement and slavery forward the fostering of racial competition, often while simultaneously claiming surpassing knowledge of racialized workers and ability to improve “lower races,” have marked management practices.  Such practices and claims undergirded the phenomenal U.S. success of U.S. transnational mine engineering and coexisted with “rational” scientific management practices in shaping—and in meatpacking and other industries in Illinois and beyond, continuing to shape—industrial management.



Angela Wiley
Associate Professor
Department of Human and Community Development

“Promoting Wellness and Preventing Obesity in Mexican and Mexican American Families”
Childhood obesity is a growing problem for Mexican immigrants. Given expected population demographics of the US in the coming 50 years, the health and well-being of Mexican Americans and their children is an important consideration. Although rural communities have seen the highest growth in Latino immigrant populations, research and support has lagged behind. We do not know how to help reduce obesity among Mexican Americans using appropriately targeted, culturally sound, and effective techniques. I propose filling this gap analyzing a needs assessment conducted with rural Mexican Americans and conducting follow-up focus groups to explore acceptable and effective interventions. 



Edna Viruell-Fuentes

Assistant Professor

Latina/Latino Studies Program

“Immigration and Latino Health Complexities:  The Case of Chicago”

Researchers have proposed that the better-than-expected health outcomes observed among Latino immigrants vis-à-vis U.S.-born Latinos may be due to culturally specific health-protective characteristics that weaken with increased acculturation. This study examines and expands upon these sociocultural explantions by assessing the influence of social networks and discrimination on the Latino and immigrant health in Chicago. In so doing, it seeks to address concerns raised in the literature that these explanations are often “invoked without theoretically nuanced propositions concerning the interplay [between] culture, social structure, and wellbeing.” I propose to analyze cross-sectional survey data from the Chicago Community Adult Health Study to that end. 




Jioni Lewis

Educational Psychology & Counseling Psychology

“Exploring Racial and Gender Microaggressions on College Campuses”

The purpose of this research project is to explore experiences of racial and gender microaggressions on Black women at a predominantly White university. This project will use a mixed methodology to explore the complexities of the topic. First, two focus groups will be conducted to gather rich information about the phenomenon of racial and gender microaggressions. Findings from the focus groups will be used to inform the quantitative portion of the investigation. Specifically, I will administer a survey to a larger sample in order to explore potential factors that may impact the experience of racial and gender microaggressions for Black women, such as racial identity, gender identity, and coping strategies. 



Kerry Pimblott
Department of History

“Collaborative and Emancipatory Histories”

This project seeks to facilitate the development of pedagogical and instructional resources that will provide the foundation for service-learning initiatives on local African-American history at the University of Illinois. A service-learning model seeks to put students into dynamic and collaborative relationships with community members in an effort to meaningfully address social concerns identified by the latter. Service-learning initiatives in local African-American history will work to bridge the gap between community and campus in accordance with the “empowerment” mission of Black Studies and the land-grant mission of the University itself.





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