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Postdoctoral Fellows for 2010-2011

Sadia Saeed

Sadia SaeedSadia Saeed’s research explores intersections between law, religion, and politics in Pakistan through a focus on the historically shifting relationship between the Pakistani state, religious nationalism, and legal representations of the heterodox religious minority, the Ahmadiyya community. In particular, she considers the meanings that notions of statehood, religious rights, and Muslim citizenship have acquired through processes of nation-state formation.

As a Jerome Hall fellow, Saeed will work on her book manuscript provisionally titled Politics of Exclusion: Muslim Nationalism, State Formation and Legal Representations of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan.

Saeed received her BSc with honors in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan and an MA in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. Saeed is pursuing her PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan. At Michigan, she has taught courses in sociological theory.

Her research has appeared in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism and she has received the Charles and Louise Tilly Prize for the best graduate student paper at the Social Science History Association. She has been awarded the American Institute for Pakistan Studies Fellowship.

Camille Walsh

Camille WalshCamille Walsh specializes in 20th century U.S. legal history, the development of the right to education, and the concept of “taxpayer citizenship.” Her research and teaching interests include 19th and 20th century U.S. legal history, tax law and policy, education law and history, African American history and the long civil rights movement, women’s history, and race, gender, and poverty.

Walsh received her BA from New York University, her JD from Harvard Law School, and her MA and PhD in US history from the University of Oregon. She has received fellowships from the Spencer Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, the University Club of Portland, and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

As a Jerome Hall Fellow, Walsh will work on her manuscript, Guardians of Inequality: Class, Race and the Struggle over Education in U.S. Courts, 1899-1974, which examines the intersection of class and race segregation in litigation over public schools in the 20th century and the failure of courts to respond to demands for educational equality rooted in both economic and racial discrimination.

Guardians of Inequality adds to existing scholarship by tracing the emergence of an identity as “taxpaying citizens” both by those protesting educational segregation and inequality and, later, by those defending unequal and segregated school systems.