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Faculty Research Networks

Supported in part by the Offices of the President and Provost, the goal of the Faculty Research Networks is to build a structure through which Stanford scholars from related, but often separate, fields can establish networks to pursue coordinated research and training. Scholars in the humanities and social sciences can collaboratively apply their theoretical knowledge to the systematic study of important social issues. The program promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the comparative study of complex problems found in such vital social institutions as schools, the workplace, and courts. In addition, this initiative provides an opportunity for participants to consider the interplay between theoretical scholarship and applied practice.

The Faculty Research Networks recruit scholars interested in working on a problem area for an extended period. Each of the Research Institute’s networks addresses a distinct set of social, moral, and intellectual problems, the explorations of which are important to the successful functioning of our democratic society.

Current Research Networks

• Race, Law, and Inequality

This network brings together legal scholars, ACLU staff, and faculty from a diverse range of fields including psychology, education, business, and ethnic studies to address issues of race, poverty, and inequality and efforts to create a more just society. This network is sponsored jointly by the Stanford Law School and CCSRE. The focus for 2008-09 was on the role of law in facilitating or impeding efforts to promote social change, including the Politics Accountability Project at the University of Chicago Law School and The Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2009-2010, the network will broaden its focus to include not only issues of racial disparity in the legal and prison systems, but in institutions of education and public health.

• Race Forward

In Fall 2008, the Program in African & African American Studies, together with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, launched a new, campus-wide initiative called “Race Forward.” This three year, interdisciplinary project involves scholarly fields of research and teaching that have not extensively engaged critical race studies and in which scholars of color have been underrepresented. Co-sponsored by a wide range of departments and programs, and generously supported by the President’s Fund, “Race Forward” creates innovative alliances to engage--on a rigorous, scholarly level--issues too often set aside as politically untouchable. Ultimately the goal of “Race Forward” is to incorporate scholarly approaches to race into curricula and research that, historically, have been considered unrelated to the study of race.

Race and Faith 2008-2009]

Race and the Environment 2009-2010

Race and Human Health 2010-2011

AAAS and the Research Institute at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (RICSRE) will collaborate with the School of Medicine Faculty Fellows Program to link this theme closely with the Challenge Initiative on Human Health. Race inflects nearly every modern medical concern, from HIV/ AIDS to genomic studies, from cross-cultural approaches to medical practice to the development of race-specific pharmaceuticals. This third initiative will focus primarily on developing leadership among graduate students and junior faculty by providing opportunities to examine how race impacts medicine.

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