Dennis and Maradiegue Named Fenwick Fellows for 2005-06 Academic Year

Posted: June 21, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

University Librarian John Zenelis has announced that the Fenwick Fellows for this academic year are Rutledge Dennis, professor of sociology and anthropology, and Ann Hurdle Maradiegue, clinical instructor in the College of Nursing and Health Science.

The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to George Mason faculty members to pursue research projects that utilize the libraries’ resources and advance knowledge in the field. Each award recipient receives use of a research office in Fenwick Library, and $1,800 to support research efforts. Fellows give a university lecture on the results of their work during the following academic year.

Dennis will study how particular social structural forces either advance or hinder the intellectual development of minority group individuals. The question of “how” is a vital feature of the study, especially when the issues of class and gender are factored in. Analyses of the role of black intellectuals have constituted the core of Dennis’s research and scholarly agenda. He will initiate the first phase of this study by combing through the autobiographies of intellectuals. The last phase will entail interviewing 25 to 35 scholars and writers from local colleges and universities in the Washington, D.C., Richmond, and Northern Virginia areas for analysis and, possibly, case studies.

Maradiegue has worked for more than 10 years with at-risk Latino adolescents in the Fairfax community. She is interested in learning more about predictors of risk for this population. Her project will address the subject of Central American immigrant mothers living in the United States. It will explore family history, parental behavior, acculturation, and sociodemographic factors associated with risky sexual behavior among their teenage daughters.

The two Fenwick Fellows for 2005-06 were recommended by the Faculty Senate Budget and Resources Committee, as well as Mason librarians representing the Council of Librarians. Dennis’ and Maradiegue’s proposals were selected from those submitted by faculty last spring.

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