Nate Holdren received his PhD from the University of Minnesota where he studied with Barbara Welke and Tracey Deutsch. He is particularly interested in the study of law, gender, and capitalism. His book project, Unacceptable Risks, Acceptable Losses: Workplace Injury, Law, and Employment Discrimination in the United States, 1890-1935, argues that workmen's compensation legislation benefitted men more than women and led employers to practice employment discrimination against people with disabilities. Holdren has received research support from the Newberry Library, the Hagley Museum and Library, and the American Society for Legal History's William Nelson Cromwell Foundation. He been a fellow at the University of Wisconsin School of Law's J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History and the Business History Conference's Oxford Journals Doctoral Colloquium in Business History.
Stacey Vanderhurst recently completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she also earned a masters degree in anthropology and a certificate in population studies. Her research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner Gren Foundation, and the American Council for Learned Societies, and her work has been recognized by the Association for Feminist Anthropology's dissertation award and the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology's graduate student paper prize.
Vanderhurst will use her time as a Jerome Hall Fellow to develop a book proposal and manuscript from her dissertation, Sheltered Lives: God, Sex, and Mobility in Nigeria's Counter-Trafficking Programs. Often stopped at international border points and sent for rehabilitation against their will, many women targeted by campaigns against human trafficking do not see themselves as victims and dispute their need for intervention, while officials implicitly defend the practice as preemptive. This research uses 14 months of ethnographic fieldwork in a state-run shelter in Lagos to document ensuing debates between these women and their rescuers, ultimately framing them as a lens onto not only issues in human trafficking policy, but also the broader politics of emigration and the practices of statecraft in Africa.