Faculty Affiliate Nancy MacLean Taking Part in Two Major Grants

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Faculty Affiliate Dr. Nancy MacLean, the William H. Chafe Distinguished Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, is a participant in two recently-funded, multi-year grant projects to address the escalating attacks from the political right on education at all levels.

First, the Mellon Foundation has funded the creation of a sizable Center for the Defense of Academic Freedom, which will be housed in the American Association of University Professor’s (AAUP) Department of Research and Public Policy. MacLean will serve as a Fellow over the grant’s first two years.

Second, the Spencer Foundation awarded a Vision Grant to “Connecting Interdisciplinary Experts: A Strategic Network Alliance to Leverage Countermeasures to Misinformation in Education” to support a team that will work to combat manufactured crises, protect equitable K-12 education, encourage teachers to stay in the profession, and thereby help defend democracy writ large.

Dr. MacLean’s research focuses on race, gender, labor history and social movements in 20th-century U.S. history, with particular attention to the U.S. South.