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Graduate Research Fellows Program—Request for Applications

Fellows MiniConThe UVA Power, Violence and Inequality Collective (PVI) brings together scholars, students, and others in the University community and beyond to advance research, mentorship, and teaching focused on violence rooted in power and inequality, and to foster collaboration in those areas across disciplines, methods, and university units.

An integral element of our mission is to support graduate training and research from across the disciplines on the topic of power-based violence, broadly understood. Therefore, we invite applications for our second cohort of Graduate Research Fellows. Fellows will receive funding to support their research during the 2017–18 academic year and will participate as a cohort in the activities of the PVI. Ph.D. students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the Curry School are eligible to apply. We anticipate awarding approximately 7–10 fellowships of $2,000 each.

Proposed research must involve some aspect of power-based violence, broadly understood. We are particularly interested in studies that reflect one of the PVI’s four areas of thematic focus,  listed below. Beyond those constraints, we encourage diverse and creative proposals. Fellowships could fund a discrete component of a larger research project.

PVI Graduate Fellows will be expected to:

  • Participate in PVI activities during 2017–18, including research colloquia and public lectures.
  • Present their research at a PVI research symposium to be held in the spring.
  • Submit a one-paragraph report at the end of the year detailing how the funds were used.

Proposals should include:

  • A brief (no more than 2 page) narrative of the research project, that identifies and explains the importance of the question to be addressed, describes the approach(es) to be used, and articulates the connection between the research and the PVI’s mission and focal themes.
  • A budget. Fellowship funds may be used for any research-related expenses, but may not be used for paying a stipend to the awardees themselves.
  • Applicant’s CV.
  • Statement of support from dissertation advisor (a short paragraph expressing support for the project and indicating that the applicant is making good progress in their program is sufficient).

A multi-disciplinary panel will evaluate proposals on the importance of the questions they raise; the suitability of the approach they take; and their relevance to the mission of the PVI.

Proposals must be submitted by email as a single PDF attachment to, by 5 p.m. on September 29, 2017. Awards will be announced in October and funds will be available immediately thereafter.

More information about the PVI is available on our website, at, including information about past fellows here. Inquiries about the PVI and the fellowship program may be directed to Nicholas Winter or to

This program is possible through the generous support of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Curry School of Education, and the School of Nursing.

PVI Thematic Foci

Institutions: The Educational System, The Criminal Justice System, The Military

This theme focuses broadly on the role of formal social and political institutions in fostering, shaping and preventing power-based violence. To do so it would focus in particular on three central institutions in contemporary society: the university and other educational systems, where future citizens are made; the criminal justice system, where societal rules are explicitly enforced; and the military, where citizens become the soldiers who defend societal rules.

Intersections among Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Class

This theme focuses on analyzing how gender, race and ethnicity, class and other forms of power-based difference interact in complex ways, sometimes even at cross purposes with one another, to make some people more vulnerable to power-based violence and others more likely to be perpetrators or bystanders, and how to redress these inequities.

Communicating Violence

This theme addresses the relationship among public discourses on power, violence and inequality. That is, how do people and groups—including individuals, teachers, artists, corporations and the media—communicate about violence, and how does this reinforce or challenge power and inequality; and how and when does communication about power and inequality make or obfuscate the links people and groups have with violence?

Violence in Global Perspective

This theme situates power-based violence research and teaching in transnational flows of people, capital, trade and ideas.

Robert Vitalis

Robert Vitalis – Lunch Talk: White World Order, Black Power Politics: Race in the Making of American International Relations

Robert VitalisWed, October 18
12:30pm – 2:00pm
New Cabell Hall, Room 236

Robert Vitalis has taught political science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1999. The London Guardian named his America’s Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier, a book of the year in 2006. His last book, White World Order, Black Power Politics (Cornell University Press, 2015) moved away from the Middle East to explore the unwritten history of racism and imperialism in American disciplinary international relations and the recovery of its critical “Howard School” tradition. He is on sabbatical in 2017-2018 while working on a new book, Oilcraft: Folkways of Imperialism and Antiimperialism in the Twenty First Century, forthcoming from Stanford University Press.

Preston Reynolds

Preston Reynolds – Eugenics at UVA and Its Impact on Race and Gender Inequity

Preston ReynoldsWednesday, September 27
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Minor Hall 125

Eugenics permeated the culture of the University of Virginia for over 100 years through the research, writings, and teaching of some of its most prominent leaders. Eugenics laid the intellectual foundation for discrimination with regard to race, gender, nationality, intellectual ability, and socio-economic status. The impact of the eugenics metaphor was felt in every aspect of life, and in every corner of the Commonwealth, in part, through the work of UVA faculty, and their collaboration with nationally renowned eugenicists. This lecture will explore the history of eugenics at UVA, reflect on the damage the eugenics paradigm had on diversity and health disparities, and outline areas of future research.

Watch the lecture here, or check out our library of videos on Facebook:

Eugenics at the University of Virginia & Its Impact on Race an…

Preston Reynolds, MD, PhD at the University of Virginia Department of Medicine"Eugenics at the University of Virginia & Its Impact on Race and Gender Inequity"

Posted by Power Violence and Inequality on Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Preston Reynolds, MD, PhD, is nationally recognized as a scholar, physician, educator, and activist leader. She teaches and conducts research on professionalism, global health and human rights, health disparities, and the history of race discrimination in health care and health professions education in the US. Professor Reynolds currently serves as faculty in the Carter G. Woodson Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Health Disparities, and Associate Chair for Professionalism and Diversity in the Department of Medicine.

See also these articles about the renaming of UVa buildings formerly named for prominent eugenicists:

PVI Mini Conference

PVI Fellows Mini-Conference

PVI Mini ConferenceFriday, May 5, 2017
236 New Cabell Hall

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 Welcome
PVI co-Directors, Denise Walsh and Nicholas Winter

9:15-9:30 Opening Remarks
Professor Charlotte Patterson, Psychology and Women, Gender & Sexuality

9:30-11:00 PVI Fellows Panel
Communicating Power, Violence & Inequality
Annie Galvin, Kara Fitzgibbon, Dannah Dennis, Kelli Shermeyer Discussant: Camilla Fojas, Associate Professor of Media Studies

11-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:45 PVI Fellows Panel
Education, Power, Violence & Inequality
Kimalee Dickerson, Brooke Dinsmore, Jennifer Poole, Andrew Frankel
Discussant: Rachel Wahl, Assistant Professor, Curry School

12:45-1:45 Panel
Ethics: Eugenics and its Legacy at UVA Today*
Daniel Cavanaugh, Health Sciences Library
Caitlyn Dreisbach, RN Clinician
Kathryn Laughon, Associate Professor of Nursing

Research on power, violence and inequality raises ethical dilemmas for scholars, including how to tackle these issues in institutions of higher learning. Panelists will discuss how and why it is important to address the role of the University of Virginia in the eugenics movement and why scholars need to study its contemporary legacies, one of which is racial bias.

*Lunch will be served.

Megan Stewart

Megan Stewart–Lunch Research Talk “Civil War, Women and Social Development”

Megan StewartWed, April 26
12:00pm – 1:30pm
142 Nau Hall

What is the effect of women’s participation in civil wars? In contemporary domestic conflicts, insurgent groups approach women and women’s issues in vastly different ways: some rebel organizations allow women to hold only secondary, support positions within the insurgency, others insurgencies fully integrate women into all positions, including combat roles, while some insurgencies exclude women altogether. In this paper, we argue that how rebel groups approach women and choose to integrate them, or not, into the conflict has serious implications for civil war dynamics as well as social development both during and after fighting subsides. This effect, however, is mitigated by the roles women hold within an insurgency, the level of social services insurgents provide, and whether a conflict is ongoing. We test our argument using a combined dataset on insurgent social services and women in combat, and we find preliminary evidence in support of our claim. These results underscore the importance of insurgent social service institutions, as well as the importance of women in conflict settings.


Kathleen Blee: Ten Fallacies about Racist Extremists

Wednesday, April 19

Challenges and Opportunities in the Study of Racial Extremism
Research Lunch: 12-1:30
Location: Nau 142

Ten Fallacies about Racist Extremists
Public Talk: 3:30-5pm
Location: Clark Hall 107
Reception to follow

Kathleen Blee is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Assoc. Dean for Graduate Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She has published widely on the far-right, organized racism, and activist movements.  Her most recent books are Understanding Racist Activism: Theory, Methods, and Research (Routledge 2017).Democracy in the Making: How Activist Groups Form (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement University of California Press, 2002).


Dorthy Roberts

Dorothy Roberts: A Diversity Discussion: The Problem with Race-Based Medicine

Dorthy RobertsFriday, February 17

Co-sponsored by the  School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and the Power, Violence & Inequality Collective in the College of Arts & Sciences

11:30 – Lunch
12:00 – Keynote
12:40 – Q&A
1:00 – Book Signing
Pinn Hall Auditorium
Pre-registration required

Dorothy Roberts is the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology at University of Pennsylvania, with joint appointments in the Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology and the Law School, where she is the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. She is also Founding Director of the Penn Program on Race, Science & Society. An internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, Roberts has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of race and gender in legal issues and has been a leader in transforming thinking on reproductive health, child welfare, and bioethics. She is author of Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Random House/Pantheon, 1997; Twentieth Anniversary Edition, Vintage 2017), Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books/Civitas, 2002), and Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century (New Press, 2011) and more than 100 articles and book chapters, as well as co-editor of six books on constitutional law and gender. She serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and her work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard Program on Ethics & the Professions, and Stanford Center for the Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. Recent recognitions of her work include the Society of Family Planning 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award and American Psychiatric Association 2015 Solomon Carter Fuller Award.

Photo by Chris Crisman


Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Princeton University

Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorExternal Speaker

Wednesday, March 29

Talks Sponsored by the Power, Violence & Inequality Collective
Research Lunch Talk: 12-1:30
Title: “You Can’t Fix a Broken Foundation: Black Women’s Housing in the 1970s”
Place: Gibson 142
Public Talk: 3:30-5:00

Title: “Black Lives Matter in the Trump Era”
Place: Minor Hall 125
Reception to follow


Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, published by Haymarket Books in January 2016. The book surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistent structural inequality, including mass incarceration, housing discrimination, police violence, and unemployment. Taylor is the recipient of the 2016 Cultural Freedom Especially Notable Book Award from the Lannan Foundation.

Taylor’s interests are broadly in the fields of race and public policy, Black politics and racial inequality in the United States.  She is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.  Taylor’s writing has been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, The New Republic, AlJazeera America, Jacobin, In These Times, New Politics, The International Socialist Review and other publications. She is currently writing a book titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis in the 1970s, under contract with the University of North Carolina Press in their Justice, Power and Politics series.  Taylor received her PhD in African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013 and is currently an Assistant Professor in African American Studies at Princeton University.

Global History of Black Girlhood Conference

Global History of Black Girlhood Conference, Keynote Panel

Global History of  Black Girlhood ConferenceExternal Speaker

March 17, 2017
Friday, 6:30-8:00 PM
Minor Hall Room 125

Global Black Girl Politics: Activists Reflect on Youth, Justice, and Girlhoods

Janaé E Bonsu, National Public Policy Chair of BYP100.

Beverley Palesa Ditsie, Filmmaker, Activist, Co-Founder of Gay and Lesbian Organisation of the Witwatersrand (GLOW), South Africa

Denise Oliver-Velez, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies, SUNY- New Palz, U.S.A.; former member of Young Lords Party and Black Panther Party

Phindile Kunene, Curriculum Developer, Tshisimani Center for Activist Education, South Africa; former member of Young Communist League of South Africa and South African Student CongressChair, Claudrena Harold, Associate Professor of African-American History, University of Virginia

Reception to follow