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Ver Steeg Fellowship

The Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellow award is designed "to support the research of a tenured Northwestern faculty member whose research and scholarship are so outstanding as to enhance the reputation of Northwestern, nationally and internationally."

The award was established and endowed by the late Clarence Ver Steeg and his wife, Dorothy.  Clarence Ver Steeg was a faculty member in the department of history from 1950 until 1992 and served as Dean of The Graduate School from 1975 to 1986. This is Northwestern University's first endowed award for excellence in research by a faculty member.

Each year the Provost identifies a broad academic field as the area from which nominations are solicited from school deans. The fellowship provides for a one-time research account of $40,000.

Congratulations to the 2019 Recipients

José Medina

José Medina

Walter Dill Scott Professor of Philosophy in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

José Medina is the Walter Dill Scott Professor of Philosophy. A leading philosopher of his generation, his work focuses on the intersections of critical race theory, gender theory, political philosophy, communication theory, and social epistemology. His books include The Epistemology of Resistance: Gender and Racial Oppression, Epistemic Injustice, and Resistant Imaginations (Oxford University Press; recipient of the 2013 North-American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award), and Speaking from Elsewhere (SUNY Press, 2006). His most recent co-edited volumes are The Handbook of Epistemic Injustice (Routledge, 2017) and Cosmopolitanism and Place (Indiana University Press, 2017). His current projects focus on how social perception and the social imagination contribute to the formation of vulnerabilities to different kinds of violence and oppression. These projects also explore the social movements and kinds of activism (including what he terms “epistemic activism”) that can be mobilized to resist racial and sexual violence and oppression in local and global contexts. Current book projects include Spectacles of Racial Violence and Epistemic Activism, and Theories of the Flesh: Latinx and Latin-American Feminisms, Transformation, and Resistance (with Andrea Pitts and Mariana Ortega; forthcoming with Oxford University Press).

Deborah Turkheimer

Deborah Turkheimer

Class of 1940 Research Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Deborah Tuerkheimer, the Class of 1940 Research Professor of Law, is one of the nation’s leading legal scholars, distinguished by her tremendous contributions to criminal law, evidence, and feminist theory.  An elected member of the prestigious American Law Institute, Professor Tuerkheimer is serving as a consultant on reforms to the Model Penal Code in the area of Sexual Assault and Related Offenses, and as an advisor to the Project on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus.  A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Professor Tuerkheimer publishes widely in leading law reviews and peer review journals.  Her groundbreaking first book, Flawed Convictions: “Shaken Baby Syndrome” and the Inertia of Justice (OUP 2014), explored the shifting science around diagnosing child abuse, and the ways in which a scientific consensus can impact, and distort, the legal process.