Carol A. Stabile, director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, has been awarded a prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for 2014. A professor in the UO School of Journalism and Communication and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Dr. Stabile was selected for her book project, “Pink Channels: Women and the Broadcast Blacklist.”
Based on archival research on women working in television in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Stabile’s book “examines the forms of employment progressive women were seeking in the new industry, as well as the opposition they faced from anti-communist men and women opposed to viewpoints they considered un-American.” Stabile said in her abstract that “the book analyzes unpublished archival materials, published works, and copious secondary sources—print media articles, blacklisting publications, FBI records, and transcripts of the House Un-American Activities Committee’s hearings—in order to document the roles these women had hoped to play in the new industry as well as the content they dreamed of contributing to a medium they recognized would play a central role in U.S. culture in the second half of the twentieth century.”
The ACLS announced that a total of 65 fellowships were awarded to faculty of all ranks and independent scholars to support research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. “ACLS received over 1,000 applications for the fellowship this cycle, making the program once again the most competitive from among ACLS’s portfolio,” the organization said.
“ACLS employs a rigorous multi-stage peer-review process to ensure that humanities scholars select those fellows deemed to represent the very best in their fields,” said Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs at ACLS. “This year’s fellows, chosen for their potential to create new knowledge that will improve our understanding of the world and its diverse cultures and societies, represent over 50 colleges and universities, and a vast array of humanities disciplines, including music, philosophy, art history, and sociology.”
The fellowships provide salary replacement for scholars who are embarking on six to 12 months of full-time research and writing. The program is funded by ACLS’s endowment, which has received contributions from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council’s college and university Associates, past fellows and individual friends of ACLS.
Carol Stabile is in her final of six years as director of the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society. She is the author of Feminism and the Technological Fix, editor of Turning the Century: Essays in Media and Cultural Studies, coeditor of Prime Time Animation: Television Animation and American Culture, and author of White Victims, Black Villains: Gender, Race, and Crime News in US Culture.