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Current Faculty Seed Grant Recipients (Fall 2013)

Rita Chin

(Department of History)
On the Rise and Fall of Multiculturalism in Europe

My project examines the growing consensus – across the political spectrum – that European multiculturalism is a failure. It seeks to understand how this consensus came to pass by examining the language, assumptions, and ideologies that have facilitated the convergence of Right and Left on this issue. Among the most significant catalysts of this consensus, I argue, are European perceptions of Muslim gender relations: the conviction that Muslim women are victims of an oppressive patriarchy and that Muslim culture itself threatens sexual democracy has authorized many Europeans to conclude that Muslim immigrants are simply incompatible with liberal democratic society and values – and that multiculturalism simply cannot succeed.

Katri Ervamaa

(University of Michigan Residential College)
Música Mestiza: A musical laboratory exploring the idea of “mestizaje”

“Música Mestiza” is inspired by the utopian idea of mestizaje as envisioned by Peruvian folklorist and author José María Arguedas (1911-1969) whereby cultures can co-exist without one subjugating another. This project will create a laboratory that brings together two ensembles, each the quintessential representation of their musical culture: The String Quartet, long venerated in the western classical canon, and the Panpipe Ensemble, the embodiment of the Andean highland sound of indigenous Latin America.

Within this laboratory, composer Gabriela Lena Frank will drive the experimentation to develop a new repertoire that is virtuosic and idiomatically written, as well as forward-looking while retaining roots in traditions centuries old.

Yasamin Kusunoki

(Institute for Social Research)
Dynamic Patterns of Relationship Violence Among Young Women

Violence between intimate partners is a significant public health problem among adolescents and young adults. We propose new research to investigate the dynamic patterns of violence within young women’s intimate relationships. Newly available, unique data from the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) study make this research possible because they feature detailed weekly measures of relationships for a racially and socioeconomically diverse, population-representative random sample of young women. The aims are to: (1) identify the dynamic patterns of violence within young women’s intimate relationships, and (2) examine how these dynamic patterns of violence relate to other characteristics of the relationship.

Susan J. Pressler

(School of Nursing)
Vulnerable and Ignored: Symptoms and Quality of Life of Older Women with Heart Failure at Skilled Nursing Facilities

The objective is to determine the relationship between symptoms and health-related quality of life (HRQL) among older women with heart failure (HF). Older women with HF are more likely than men to be admitted to SNFs and HF patients admitted to SNFs have a 76% increased risk of death. We will measure six symptoms common in HF, HRQL, and 2 biomarkers during face-to-face interviews conducted by research assistants (RAs) who are graduate nursing students. Results will contribute to the study of women at U-M and provide data to support an NIH application.

Michael R. Woodford

(School of Social Work )
Centering Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Race in Research, Policy, and Programs to Support LGBTQ College Students through Intersectional Research

This project seeks to build intersectional understandings of the experiences of LGBTQ college students by centering gender identity, gender expression, and race in analyses that examine campus climate, multi-level protective factors and health and academic outcomes. To accomplish this, the project will advance innovative statistical techniques that examine the relationships among multiple forms of social identity categorization and the relationships between risk and protective factors and outcomes. Findings will be used to inform policy and program interventions to foster the wellbeing of diverse LGBTQ college students, as well as a future wide-scale national study of LGBTQ college students.