The Dickson Emeritus Scholarships 2021-2022 Support Faculty Research in History, Literature and Psychology
Three UC Santa Cruz faculty members have been honored by Emeritus Professors for the 2021–22 academic year.
Karen yamashita, professor emeritus of literature; Dana frank, professor and researcher in history; and Thomas pettigrew, professor and researcher in psychology, have each received Edward A. Dickson Distinguished Chairs in recognition of their outstanding scholarship and teaching accomplishments.
The awards are presented annually and funded by an endowment from the estate of former UC Regent Edward A. Dickson. Faculty Chairs enable the university to retain the invaluable services of highly accomplished retired faculty members for the benefit of its students.
The author of 10 books, Yamashita received a California Book Award 2011 in the Fiction category for his novel I Hotel, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. I Hotel has also won the American Book Award, the Asian / Pacific American Librarians Association Award, and the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award.
Known for her intensely researched work that reflects her interest in communities whose histories are often unknown, Yamashita received the Chancellor’s Award for Diversity in 2009 and was co-chair with feminist studies professor Bettina Aptheker of the chair. UC Presidential for Critical Feminist and Ethnic Studies. . His latest book, Sansei and sensitivity, is a collection of short stories about growing up and living in Japanese America.
Yamashita will use the award for a project titled Incarceration of Americans of Japanese origin: the origins of the loyalty questionnaire.
She noted that during World War II in 1943, after 120,000 Japanese Americans were, by decree, imprisoned in internment camps, the problem arose as to who to release for military combat. and useful work outside. A questionnaire was given to each inmate in order to assess loyalty. While many of the questions seemed trivial, two questions in particular – 27 and 28, about willingness to serve in the U.S. military and renounce all allegiance to the Japanese emperor – were confusing and divisive among incarcerated communities. Answering these two questions created divisions within families and friends, resulting in hostile and traumatic divisions that still resonate today.
Yamashita’s project will research archival documents to trace the origins of this quiz as a backdrop and basis for her upcoming novel, “Questions 27 and 28”.
Dickson Prize will help emeritus history teacher Dana frank complete a book on the Great Depression and what can be learned from the United States in the 1930s that applies to our time. The book will delve into this story in order to explore the relationship between the survival of ordinary people, their protests, and the transformation of the state from below.
Frank noted that although she uses scientific research to write an accessible book designed for popular audiences and academic courses, this is not an outline of a textbook, but rather a collection of Nested, focused essays that offer thoughtful insights into key dynamics and stories.
One of the top academic experts on Honduras in the United States, Frank commented on the unstable situation in the region since the military coup of 2009 for media ranging from new York Time and Washington post at National public radio, and the Associated Press.
She constantly questioned U.S. foreign policy Honduras in order to prevent the administration from supporting, finance and perpetuate human rights violations. She testified in Congress on Honduras, as well as in the State of California Assembly on the Treatment of Refugees from Central America.
Frank is the author of six books, including Buy American: The Untold Story of Economic Nationalism; The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup; and A Local Girl Makes History: Exploring the Kitsch Monuments of Northern California.
Emeritus professor of psychology Thomas pettigrew will use its award for a project titled Racial change in the United States 1960-2020. As a professor and researcher in social psychology, he has published more than 450 books and articles which have been cited, according to Google Scholar, more than 51,000 times.
Pettigrew has been a Guggenheim Fellow, Senior Fulbright Scholar and Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies and the Research Institute for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity of the ‘Stanford University. He previously taught at Harvard University and the University of Amsterdam before joining UC Santa Cruz.
Pettigrew was president of the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association and received the highest awards from the ASA for research in race relations and social psychology. The Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences awarded him its Centennial Medal for his significant contributions to society, and the University of California awarded him the Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award. Pettigrew has also received seven Lifetime Achievement Awards from psychological and sociological organizations.
His latest book, Contextual social psychology: re-analysis of prejudices, voting and intergroup contact, which offers a new social approach psychological research, just published by the American Psychological Association Press.