Center Fellows

The Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society (CDMS) offers fellowships to Illinois faculty and graduate students. Fellowships provide release time for one semester, during which fellows will be in residence conducting research across the broad area of "multiracial democracy."

The Center particularly encourages projects that involve research on how Americans live and work together in a multiracial democracy. Additionally, the Center encourages projects that focus on a comparative analysis of multiracial relations within U.S. democracy, address policy issues, and projects that are interdisciplinary. All research projects are expected to have substantial focus on U.S. domestic racial life, including connections to communities in Illinois. The Center also supports projects that examine U.S. domestic racial life in a global context.

Both faculty and graduate students fellows are required to participate in the CDMS Fellows Seminar and present at a brown bag, symposium, or conference. The CDMS seminar is designed to discuss participants' research interests and emphasizes interdisciplinary commonalities and differences.

Fellowship application guidelines are typically announced in December and applications are due in February.

CDMS 2010-2011 Fellows


Cara Wong

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

"Do You See What I See?: Census Numbers, Perceptions of Racial Context & Politics"

This research project on the political effects of demographic diversity will address the following questions: (1) What is the effect of living in a multiracial country, and is it different from living in a diverse community? (2) Do Americans “see” an accurate picture of where they live, or are misperceptions guiding their racial attitudes? I will use data from whites, blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans to (1) broaden the research on racial context that has focused primarily on whites, and (2) compare the effects of perceptions and Census numbers on feelings of racial/ethnic threat and tolerance and policy references.



Anna Kurhajec

Department of History

"Dialogue, Community, and Power at the Intersection of Prison and University"

This research will develop a set of resources to enhance the quality of education, community-building, and knowledge exchange that takes place in the Education Justice Project (EJP), a University of Illinois prison education program. By their very nature, programs like EJP must engage and grapple with the complicated hierarchies of power that structure the university, the prison, and the societal context in which they both exist. This research will develop avenues for dialogue about these complex dynamics in order to build stronger, more effective intellectual communities at the University of Illinois.


















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