Tenth Decade Fund supports new scholarly projects
Maxwell School’s Tenth Decade Project will provide start-up funding for four
new scholarly endeavors beginning this fall. These new projects will join five original
projects funded at the time of the Tenth Decade Project’s inception.
in 2014 to mark the Maxwell School’s 90th anniversary and look ahead to its
centennial in 2024, the Tenth Decade Project provides seed funding for worthy
scholarly projects that have the potential to produce significant external research
funding and high-impact publications.
four newly funded projects, with the amount of their Tenth Decade grants, are:
Sovereignty, Order, and Conflict: Multidisciplinary Working Group” ($25,000). This
project, funded for three years, will act as a springboard for research on
challenges to sovereignty, order, and conflict, and incubate individual and
collaborative projects among both faculty and graduate students in that
category. Funding will provide for a seminar series, utilizing a mix of
internal and external speakers. Some examples of topics that the group will
consider include rebel governance, crime syndicates, global black spots, cyber
terrorism, illicit trade, ethno-political violence, civil war, post-conflict
reconstruction, and nationalism. The project director is Ryan Griffiths,
associate professor of political science.
“The Impact of State
Laws and Policies on the Developmental Disability Mortality Disadvantage:
Creating a Comprehensive Database to Allow for Multi-Level Analysis” ($33,420). This two-year
project intends to collect and consolidate currently scattered state-level data
on policies and services for adults with developmental disability. The
completed project will result in a comprehensive database of measures of
state-level laws, policies, and funding that may affect health and well-being
outcomes for adults with developmental disabilities, including mortality risk. In
an attempt to better understand the developmental disability mortality
disadvantage, it will also lead to a preliminary multi-level analysis of
comparative mortality trends for adults with and without developmental
disabilities. The completed dataset will be shared with other qualified
researchers. The principal investigator is Scott Landes, assistant professor of
sociology and a faculty associate of Syracuse University’s Aging Studies
“The United States and
the World Workshop Series” ($15,000). This three-year project includes workshops on the overall
theme of American internationalism in the 21st century. The workshops will
engage Syracuse University faculty, graduate students, University partners, and
leading scholars from around the world, with the goal of producing a research
agenda, network of partnering scholars and institutions, and research
publications. The project builds on two similar workshops, held in September 2017
and April 2019, focused, respectively, on Sino-American and U.S.–Iranian
relations, and on authoritarianism. The project director is Osamah Khalil,
associate professor of history.
Borders: An International Conference” ($16,000). This project will lead to
a conference, tentatively scheduled for October 2020, examining concepts of
citizenship that transcend disciplinary and national borders; the conference
will take place at the Syracuse University Center in Strasbourg, France. It is
meant to respond to rapidly shifting notions of citizenship, in the midst of
the so-called global refugee crisis and ensuing backlash against immigration.
Scholars at the conference will consider the history, politics, and laws of
citizenship within and across borders, as well as the national, social, and
cultural crises prompted by the movement of people; a resulting edited volume will
offer new directions in the scholarship on citizenship. The project director is
Carol Faulkner, professor of history.
it was created, the Tenth Decade Project has attracted nearly $850,000 in gifts
from 267 individual donors, including a lead gift from long-time Maxwell
supporters Gerry and Daphna Cramer. For information on giving to the fund,
visit Supporting Tenth Decade.