ISLA Research Theme for AY 2020-2021: Race and Ethnicity in the United States

Author: Stephanie Hasse

Beginning with this academic year, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts will conduct yearly grant competitions that focus on particular research themes of timely importance to society. We are pleased to announce that the inaugural theme for AY 2020-2021 is Race and Ethnicity in the United States. The purpose of these grants is to support student and faculty research and creative projects that focus on race and ethnicity in American history, culture, and/or contemporary society. The global COVID pandemic, disturbing instances of police violence, political polarization, and protests across the country and around the world have brought discussions of racism and racial/ethnic inequality into the national conversation in a way not seen since the civil rights era. Our hope is this grant competition will encourage and facilitate engagement with questions raised by these events and the longer histories that inform them in order to enable a deeper understanding of our society and how we can make it more just. For complete details, see:

Originally published by Stephanie Hasse at on August 27, 2020. Republished at on September 7, 2020.