Past Schenen Scholars
The Schaenen Scholar is a scholar-teacher in early or mid-career from any academic discipline.
Cas Mudde 2010-2011
Cas Mudde (Ph.D. Leiden University 1998) is a comparative political scientist whose primary regional expertise is Eastern and Western Europe. The bulk of his academic work has been in the broad field of “extremism and democracy.” His book, Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe, was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2008 and won the Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research 2008 (awarded by the International Social Science Council). He further is the author of The Ideology of the Extreme Right (Manchester University Press, 2000), editor of Racist Extremism in Central and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2005), and co-editor ofWestern Democracies and the New Extreme Right Challenge(Routledge, 2004), Uncivil Society? Contentious Politics in Post-Communist Europe (Routledge, 2003), Democratie in verval? (Boom, 2002), and Extreem-rechts in Nederland (Sdu, 1998).
Dr. Mudde is a former Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and also held tenure-track appointments at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland (United Kingdom) and Central European University in Budapest (Hungary). From January till June 2006 he was Fulbright EU Scholar-in-Residence at the Department of Political Science and the Center for Comparative European Studies (CCES) of Rutgers University. In April-May 2007 he was Willy Brandt Guest Professor at the School for International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) of Malmö University (Sweden). In 2008-2009 he was Visiting Professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Oregon and in 2009-2010 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has also held short-term visiting positions at Universita Karlova (Czech Republic), Academia Istrapolitana Nova (Slovakia), University Jaume I (Spain), New York University and University of California Santa Barbara (US). In October 2010 he will be the Luigi Einaudi Chair in European and International Studies at the Institute for European Studies of Cornell University.
Julie Hollowell (Ph.D. Indiana University 2004) is a cultural anthropologist whose work spans anthropology, archaeology, ethics, art, cultural heritage law and policy, and museum studies to consider the broad implications of how people in the present value and use “the past.” Her interests focus on multiple claims on the material and intellectual past; the ethics of social science research, particularly archaeology and cultural heritage studies; and the repatriation of knowledge, materials, and research directives to source communities.
Dr. Hollowell holds an MS in Education and a Ph.D. in anthropology. She is known for her research on “subsistence digging,” the antiquities market, and archaeological ethics. Her chapter, “Moral Arguments on Subsistence Digging,” in The Ethics of Archaeology: Philosophical Perspectives on the Practices of Archaeology (edited by G. Scarre and C. Scarre, Cambridge University Press, 2006) shows how this work integrates ethics and archaeology. In 2003, she co-edited a major text in this field, Ethical Issues in Archaeology with Larry Zimmerman and Karen Vitelli. Her research often takes the form of “archaeological ethnography,” using ethnographic methods to explore the sociocultural meanings and implications that the past, both in its material forms and in memory, holds for living people. Her fieldwork is often multi-sited and moves between Native communities, public agencies, tourist sites, homes of private collectors, museum archives, and cosmopolitan art worlds. In an ethnographic project, she examined an archaeological field school that took place on the Musqueam Indian Reserve in Vancouver as a collaborative venture between the First Nation and the University of British Columbia. She co-edited a volume with Lena Mortensen on Ethnographies and Archaeologies: Iterations of the Past(University Press of Florida, 2009).
Alyssa Bernstein was awarded the first Nancy Schaenen Visiting Scholar Sabbatical Year Fellowship Award for Residency at the Prindle Institute for Ethics. While at DePauw, Bernstein wrote a book on contemporary philosophical conceptions of human rights, focusing on John Rawls’ Law of Peoples and its main competitors, of which the most influential is “the capabilities approach” introduced by Amartya Sen and further developed by Martha Nussbaum. In publication, Bernstein has addressed the following topics, among others: the philosophical justification of universal human rights; the moral basis of a just system of international law; the grounds and limits of state sovereignty; the justifiability of humanitarian military intervention; and the implications of globalization and state desegregation for the contractualist conception of universal human rights presented by John Rawls in his book, The Law of Peoples (1999).
Bernstein has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University. Prior to attending Harvard she spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Jerusalem studying Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. At Harvard she held a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, awarded by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and was a Graduate Fellow at the Harvard Center for Ethics. She studied ethics and meta-ethics (relativism and objectivity) with T.M. Scanlon, Hilary Putnam, and Christine Korsgaard, and political philosophy with Rawls. She worked with Rawls for a number of years as one of his research and teaching assistants as well as his dissertation advisee.