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OU Professor Awarded National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

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OU Professor Awarded National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

Kathryn Schumaker, University of Oklahoma assistant professor in the Department of Classics and Letters in the OU College of Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of one of 30 fellowships from the National Academy of Education for early career scholars working in critical areas of education. The fellowship award of $70,000 is designated to assist with the fellow’s salary and research expenses for the fellowship period. The Academy, an honorary educational society, administers the fellowships with funding from the Spencer Foundation.

“The OU community congratulates Professor Schumaker for receiving this outstanding grant for her work to enhance educational opportunity for all Americans,” said OU President David L. Boren.

Schumaker plans to use the fellowship funds for her current book project, which is tentatively titled, “Civil Rights at the Schoolhouse Gate: Student Protest and the Struggle for Racial Reform.” She specializes in 20th century U.S. history and teaches courses on gender, race and social movements in OU’s Institute for American Constitutional Heritage. Her research interests include legal, African American and urban history of childhood and youth.

The Academy believes the fellowships enhance the future of education research by developing new talent in the many disciplines and fields represented by the scholars selected. These fellowships are the oldest source of support for education research, nationally and internationally, for recent recipients of the doctorate. Now in its 30th year, the fellowship program has nearly 800 alumni, including many of the strongest education researchers in the field today.

Established in 1996, the Academy has funded more than 700 postdoctoral fellows. This year, the Academy received 176 applications for 30 fellowships to begin during the 2016-2017 academic year. Applications are reviewed by Academy members judged on the applicant’s past research record, career trajectory and quality of the project described in the application. For more information about the National Academy of Education fellowship program, visit