To write a book about the social and
political developments in Albania and the neighboring regions of Kosovo
and Macedonia since 1989 providing a profile of the fall of Albania's
communist regime, the rise of authoritarianism in the first post-Communist
government and the subsequent collapse of Albanian society.
To write a book and related articles on the international
community's peacekeeping efforts in Cambodia from the 1991 Paris Peace
Agreements through the 1998 national elections and identify those factors
necessary for the international community to more successfully support the
transition of states from authoritarianism to open societies.
To explore health care and other problems of women in prison
through a study of three facilities in Ohio.
To produce a comprehensive handbook on the variety of voting
systems in the U.S. with the purpose of educating the general public about
voting options and reforming the current political system.
Based on recent ethnic rioting in Bombay, this monograph
will seek to show how large-scale forces can violently transform local
structures and relationships, how stable identities can become volatile
and neighbors can turn into killers.
To research and develop practices that
encourage nonviolent expressions of masculinity and greater male
involvment in reproductive health among low-income adolescent males in Rio
de Janeiro and Chicago.
This book project, which examines ethnic conflicts in
Africa, aims to show that conflicts there erupt from disorders common to
all tyrannies unrestrained by legitimate institutions of law, rather than
from tribal antagonisms.
Bezanson, Gilbert Cranberg, & John Soloski
To explore the
structure, practices, and policies of publicly traded newspaper
corporations to determine how they reconcile the obligation to serve both
their stockholders and their readers.
Blumenson & Eva Nilsen
Through a series of articles, this
project explores the economic incentives that bias criminal justice
officials to favor drug law enforcement and incarceration over alternative
To research the nature and degree
of influence that the pharmaceutical industry's interactions with medical
students have on the practice of medicine.
To examine the forces which give rise to the participation
of child soldiers in armed conflict and determine what actions can abate
To produce a book and photography exhibition that raise
awareness about the daily lives and living conditions of female and child
sex workers in Sonagachi, Calcutta.
To write a book analyzing the practical effects of welfare
reform upon women in the workplace to bridge the gap between theories of
welfare and their application.
To establish a campaign to improve the
conditions of female HIV-positive prisoners in California by providing
case studies and offering legal education on the problems of medical
neglect and mistreatment.
Chesler, Senior Fellow
Chesler is advising OSI on global
reproductive rights issues and a range of other issues. Chesler, a former
fellow of the Twentieth Century Fund, is author of Woman of Valor:
Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America.
Thirty years after his original story of
East 100th Street, this photographic documentary will tell the story of
community uplift and the successes of a neighborhood once plagued by
To produce a photodocumentary on the expansion of a
violent "global underclass"--youths with criminal histories in the United
States who are deported back to their birth countries.
The campaign mounted by Article 19 in defense of Salman
Rushdie is chronicled to underline the fundamental importance of freedom
of expression as a cornerstone of democracy.
To produce a strategy document that educates
labor, community, and philanthropic organizations about effective ways to
revitalize civic and political participation among low-wage
Through an analysis of several
communities in Burma, Framing the Future: Burmese Voices Speak Out will
explore how the policies of the military dictatorship have circumscribed
A collaboration with photographers from the former
Yugoslavia, this book project and exhibitions aims to expose the war from
an insider's perspective.
This project proposed a set of strategies for
analyzing race as a variable in public health research and to understand
the implications of the meaning of race for interventions to halt the
spread of disease.
To exhibit the works of a photography group consisting of
residents at a Times Square Single Room Occupancy.
Greta Gilbertson & Audrey Singer
To understand the
social process of becoming a citizen and its relationship to immigrant
settlement through a case study of Latin American immigrants in New York
To provide an alternative civil society strategy for
strengthening the rule of law.
To develop a model that integrates legal strategies into
U.S. community organizations and to present a proposal for changes in
legal education that facilitates collaborations between lawyers and
To examine how citizens' media, such as grassroots community
newpapers and radio programs, can be employed as catalysts for other forms
of community empowerment.
To write a book that places Chinese birth control
policies in a cultural, political, and historical context.
To write a book and a series of papers on the
impact on children of witnessing domestic and community violence, in order
to inform the criminal justice response, legislative initiatives, child
protective services response, and mental health care policy for families
and communities affected by violence.
To write a book
about the social, military, and political events of the last 30 years in
El Salvador from the perspective of a key actor in those
To explore the debate surrounding sexual
language and its effects upon children and to assess the validity of the
widespread assumption that children are harmed by sexual
To conduct original research on volunteer hospice programs
in the United States and contribute to a broader assessment of voluntary
care of the dying.
To use information technology to better integrate the New
York public interest and pro bono legal community and to a broader
assessment of pro bono services and programs.
To write a book detailing how military and political
support of abusive governments enable worse violations of human rights,
using Iraq as a case study.
To examine the tranformation of the South African
communications sector from an apartheid institution into a democratic
institution accountable to the public.
To create a popular education program and resource guide for
expanding participation in civil society and democratizing institutions in
To research and write The New Abolitionist
Manifesto, a book calling for the abolition of whiteness as a social
category and the elimination of attendant privileges.
To write a book called The Poverty of Progressivism, a
historical account of American liberalism which examines ways to
revitalize American democracy.
To explore the implications of new forms of
abortion for expanded abortion access in the United States.
To compile and edit a collection of seventy-five oral
accounts of black women facing unplanned pregnancies to provide insight
into the decision-making factors effecting black women's
To examine the process of immigrant political
incorporation through analysis of civil disturbances in four United States
Through articles, essays, and
presentations, this project explores race and place-the geography of the
moral imagination under urban apartheid, based on personal experiences and
work that seeks to contribute to democratic renewal in inner city Chicago.
To publish material on the development of political
parties and the multi-party system in Poland from the end of Communism
through the 1997 elections.
His book, Redefining the Welfare State in America, 1980-1997,
provides the first comprehensive description and recent history of the
vast American public/private network linking every level of government,
social services, charities, and employee benefits.
To investigate the growth and influence of white supremacy
groups in prisons and offer specific recommendations for limiting their
scope and power.
For a book-length study on the power of hate speech in
literature and academic writing.
To write a book analyzing both the social conditions
that made it possible for over 700 Chicagoans to die during a one-week
heat wave in July 1995 and the conditions that made these deaths so easy
to overlook, dehumanize, and forget.
Kohl, Senior Fellow
Kohl helped OSI to develop a strategy
for grantmaking in the field of education. Kohl, a teacher for more than
30 years, has written more than 40 books, including A Life of Teaching,
Should We Burn Babar?, The Discipline of Hope: Learning from a Lifetime of
Teaching, his most recent, and the classic 36 Children.
To support research and legal strategies to reduce
unintended pregnancies among unmarried, low-income black and hispanic
To measure the electoral impact of independent expenditures
and issue advocacy campaigns on congressional elections.
To publish articles examining how child welfare policies harm
teenagers in foster care and presenting a new self-advocacy framework for
teens in foster care as a basis for reform.
For a two-volume study of the role of
millennial movements in the shaping of modern Western culture and to
launch a Center for Millennial Studies.
To examine the rise of skinhead and neo-Nazi movements in
the United States and the relationship of these movements to the rest of
To publish a monograph and offer a workshop to give
nonprofit literary magazines the necessary guidelines, cost-effective
tools, and fundraising techniques for establishing financial
His book, Prometheus Bedeviled: Science and the
Contradictions of Contemporary Culture, evaluates the extent to which
science, both as pure research and in its practical applications, can or
should be brought under greater control from democratic institutions.
To write a book exploring the political, cultural, and
systemic reasons for the spread of the AIDS epidemic in African-American
communities in order to help mobilize a national effort to prevent further
To write and design a book weaving photographs, letters,
diaries, interviews, and narratives to humanize the story of the
incarceration of drug addicted women.
This project established a process that encourages leaders
in the medical profession to become more visible and active on behalf of
drug policy reform based on health-oriented harm reduction policies.
To document, as a first hand activist, grassroots civil
society development in post-Communist Siberia.
To produce a comprehensive history on the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees, focusing on its role in international
refugee problems and global politics.
Using China and Russia as case studies, this book project seeks
to examine the effects of corruption upon the economic and political
development of countries moving from state socialism to market
To produce a book on the controversies of sex education in
the United States, with the purpose of making sense of the broader moral
concerns with which the country is faced.
To research and write a book about the struggle of Nigeria to
free itself from fourteen years of military rule.
To write magazine and newspaper articles and a book,
targeted at scholars and policymakers, which inform political analysis of
ethnic conflict and contribute to a peaceful resolution in Sri
To investigate corporate influence on the classroom and the
privatization of schools through a look at the current methods of
commercialism and the influence they have upon children and the public
& Christopher Uggen
To research and produce articles and a book
on the political consequences of laws restricting voting rights of felons
and ex-felons in the United States.
To explore the feasibility of a new women's health
advocacy model based on the success of the HIV Law Project's advocacy and
public policy work addressing underserved women's health needs.
To research and write a book about the 1994 genocide in
Rwanda, discussing its impact on the victims and perpetrators, the
governance of Rwanda, and continuing conflicts across Central
To analyze all studies on the medical use of marijuana for
the Institute of Medicine, which is conducting a review entitled Medical
Use of Marijuana: Assessment of the Science Base, to help insure that a
complete picture is presented to the scientific community and general
To examine the working market for illegal
drugs and its interaction with law enforcement, including the roles of
violence and corruption, and to devise market-based policies to reduce the
social costs involved.
Using the cigarette control experience, this project
designed a model of noncriminalized marijuana policy.
To write a book examining the search for justice in two
post-genocidal societies, Bosnia, and Rwanda.
This photo-documentary project will
explore the compound effects of poverty, AIDS, drug abuse, and welfare
reform via a case study of a woman and her two children.
This book, In the Name of Freedom: The Use of Students as
Secret Agents, will explore the relationship between the CIA and the
National Student Association during the Cold War.
To explore the use of the media in Poland's public debate on
women, their concept of citizenship, and the country's feminist movement,
culminating in the book Handmaidens and Heroines: The Hidden History of
Poland's Solidarity Movement.
To look at ethnic cleansing, genocide, tensions, the peace
process, and religious wars in Iran, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and Rwanda,
through a cycle of books, exhibitions, and installations.
To complete a book and write articles that attempt to
reshape the perspective of racial and ethnic organizations about the value
of the policy process by looking at the participation of civil rights
organization in policy making at the national level.
To compile the first comprehensive handbook on the
production of evidence for use in prosecuting serious human rights
To write a book for activists and academics on the
political, organizational, and cultural conditions which facilitate
within social change organizations.
To produce a book titled, Again and Again: Fifty Years of
Genocide and American Bystanderhood, which will discuss the continuous
reluctance of the U.S. to act against foreign genocide.
To provide newspaper publishers and
editors in the postcommunist countries of Eastern Europe with a handbook
on the technical skills necessary to establish successful
To analyze the ways in which organizing parents and teachers
at low-income public schools has translated into vastly improved
To produce a book that examines how the principle of public
access to government information can be maintained as governmental
responsibilities are transferred upward to supranational institutions, and
downward to private enterprises.
To write articles assessing and analyzing the role "the average
citizen" played in the commission of atrocities in Kosovo, Bosnia, Rwanda,
and other ethnic conflicts and the effectiveness of methods in each
country to assign individual guilt and promote reconciliation.
To write a book on the transition in Mongolia from
Communist domination and a command economy to a democracy and market
To publish a series of scholarly and
popular articles that analyze the political, economic, legal, and ethical
aspects of the issue of sovereign versus individual or community ownership
and control over genetic resources.
To study how deregulation affects the operations of public
housing authorities and the lives of their tenants and investigate the new
wave of public/private cooperation taking place in cities across the
To do an interdisciplinary analysis of single-sex public
education from the perspectives of equality and diversity, focusing
particularly on the education of girls and minority boys that clarifies
and informs the debate over single sex education.
Sargent, Program Development Fellow
Sargent launched OSI's
New York Community Fellowships Program and currently oversees the
To critique the processes by which the U.S. government and
human rights organizations respond to human rights emergencies in Latin
American countries during their transistions from dictatorship to
To study the social context of organ transplant
exchange in India, Brazil, the borderlands of Mexico, and the United
States, with a concern for potential human rights violations of vulnerable
Schmitt, Program Development Fellow
Formerly the policy
director in the office of Senator Bill Bradley, Schmitt works on campaign
finance reform and other issues of democratic governance.
To write a book documenting a year in the life of a new
public charter school in Oakland, California, and examining the impact of
such schools on the education of inner-city children.
To write a book capturing the contradictions of
revolutionary Iran and its Islamic Republic as it navigates between the
Islamic and the modern secular world.
To address, through a report, articles, and a book, the lack
of access to information technology among disenfranchised groups by
studying community technology centers which target youth.
To illuminate the problem of hunger in New York City
through an examination of various programs and interviews with people on
both the giving and receiving ends of soup kitchens.
To document and disseminate the experiences and ideas of
newly-naturalized and noncitizen immigrants in California's 46th
To explore the prospects of America's new political parties,
or the viability of a third party, through a study of the Reform, New,
Labor, and Green parties.
To address broader questions of conflict prevention,
international intervention, and concerns of regional and global security,
using the Balkans as a case study.
Silliman, Marlene Fried, & Loretta Ross
To write articles, a
book, and hold discussions to document the role of women of color in the
reproductive rights organizing thereby opening the dialogue for young
women of color to enter the movement.
To examine requirements for naturalization from historical,
comparative, and justice perspectives.
To produce a series of articles, a narrative, and a book
on the "farm killings" in South Africa, exploring whether there is a
connection between this new pattern of violence and the birth of democracy
in the country.
For a trade book offering a critique of how the ideals of
individualism denigrate the advancement of civil society.
To write a report and book investigating the trends,
dimensions, and problems of white poverty in the United States.
To conduct a field-based ethnographic study of youth in Croatia,
focusing on the cultural values and attitudes which are relevant for
building a democratic future.
To use the Internet in developing a digital print shop,
Chapbooks for Learning, to enable fast and inexpensive book printing for
students and others without access to publishers.
To provide a critical survey of the media
and corruption in Southeast Asia with the aim of provoking wider debate
among the public and journalists.
For a book entitled Democracy Reconsidered: The Limits of
Black Politics, which will explore the reasons why black politics after
1965 have not reduced black poverty.
Using Texas public schools as a case study, this project
seeks to enhance the discussion of access to high-quality education in a
To study the conflict between the legal protections
which provide a foundation for teachers' economic security and
professional independence and the major school reform initiatives which
require a recasting of these legal protections.
To strengthen and broaden community and
institutional access to Navajo traditional medicine in an effort to help
empower Navajo youth.
Walker, Jr. & Mark Sorenson
To produce a manual for training
Native American communities on the implementation of a dispute resolution
system accepted by Navajo Tribal Courts and consistent with tribal values
which addresses student justice and discipline.
Washburn & Eyal Press
To write a series of articles, ultimately
to be incorporated into a book, examining how the rapid privatization of
public services in welfare, criminal justice, environmental policy, and
health care is raising new barriers to the public accountability of
government in America.
To produce a report with recommendations on policy and
service delivery that analyzes the impact of market forces on the public
health system in New York City, emphasizing access to healthcare services
for low-income and immigrant communities.
To write articles and a book on the current role of
inner-city churches, especially black congregations, in community service,
examining the role of faith-based efforts to reduce poverty, diminish drug
abuse, and alleviate other social problems.
Willis, Senior Fellow
Most recently President and CEO of
Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul Minnesota, Willis has had a
career in both commercial and public television. He currently directs
OSI's Media Policy Program.
Woolhandler & David Himmelstein
To challenge the market
paradigm in medicine and the legitimacy of investor-ownership of care, in
order to help fuel activism towards universal coverage and non-market
alternatives for health care