The 2008 Values and Environment Research Fellowship Competition

This fellowship was open to graduate students who were enrolled in the course “Values and the Environment: Theoretical Perspectives and Transformational Practice.” With the collaboration of mentors and faculty advisors, students developed and submitted applications for funds to be used in research related to the course, with the goal of the production of a publishable paper or dissertation chapter.   

Three proposals were funded with $4000 Summer Fellowships:

Kate Brown (Sociology), Advisor: Florence Faucher-King
“Russian Environmental Values”

John Morrell (English), Advisors: David Wood, Cecelia Tichi, Jonathan Gilligan
Research in the Field of Sociology of Scientific Knowledge and Analysis of Three fictional Representations of Climate Change: Roland Emmerich’s The Day After Tomorrow, Michael Crichton’s State of Fear, and Kim Stanley Robinson’s Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, and Sixty Days and Counting.

Jeff Shenton (Anthropology), Advisors: Norbert Ross, Beth Conklin
Manuscript publication, dissertation planning and data analysis from fieldwork on ecological knowledge conducted in Chiaas, Mexico.


Global Feminisms
The purpose of this project, which is being forwarded by Brooke Ackerly, is to develop an institutionalized expertise at Vanderbilt University in the trans-disciplinary field of Global Feminisms. The core of the project is a research group that has service research, curriculum development, and activism components. Click here for more information.


The Centrist Manifesto: Healing America's Divisions in Ten Vital Areas
The Center is providing support for part of the costs for research assistance and expenses for conducting interviews off campus in connection with the book project: The Centrist Manifesto: Healing America's Divisions in Ten Vital Areas by Michael Bess.


Survey of Ethics in Professional Life
In conjunction with the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions, the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, and the Owen Graduate School of Management, the Center is in the first stages of conducting a survey which will determine what sorts of ethical issues and dilemmas are faced by professionals in law, medicine, nursing, ministry, and business, in their everyday practices.  The Center is interested in developing this body of knowledge for use by professional schools as they prepare their students for life beyond the University.