The Women’s International Study Center is so proud to be partnering with Dr. Kimberly Gauderman Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellow.

Dr. Gauderman is an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico. She’ll be working on her project: Practicing Asylum: History and Civic Engagement (A Handbook for Academic Expert Witnesses on Latin American Gender, Sexual, and Gang-based Violence, LGBTQ Status, and Mother/Child Asylum Cases) while in residence.

“Practicing Asylum” is an interdisciplinary, scholarly, and practical guide to expert witness testimony. As the scale and severity of violence in Latin America, and Central America in particular, has grown in the last decade, scholars and lawyers have collaborated to defend the due process rights of women, children, and LGBTQ persons who have experienced domestic, sexual and gang violence in their home countries to claim protection through the US immigration system. This volume brings together contributions from experienced expert witnesses, asylum attorneys, and immigration rights advocates to provide direct, practical guidance for current and prospective expert witnesses and their attorney colleagues, thereby disseminating best practices and facilitating the expansion of academics ready and willing to provide expert testimony for asylum cases.


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The Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society program provides opportunities for faculty who teach and advise doctoral students to engage significant societal questions in their research, serve as ambassadors for humanities scholarship beyond the academy, and deepen their support for doctoral curricular innovation on their campuses. Scholars & Society Fellows pursue research projects while in residence at US-based cultural, media, government, policy, or community organizations, where they can create mutually beneficial partnerships in which they collaborate, interact, and learn about each other’s work, motivating questions, methods, and practices. In addition to supporting a year of research in residence, the awards also provide funding for fellows to develop on-campus and off-campus programming that draws on connections developed during the fellowship year and fosters greater understanding of the value of humanities scholarship and doctoral education beyond the academy. The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Link to UNM’s announcement about Dr. Kimberly Gauderman’s award.