Miksch part of William T. Grant Foundation grant

Karen MikschKaren Miksch (associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning) is part of a new William T. Grant Foundation funded team looking at how amicus briefs (friend of the court briefs) use research.  The group will be looking at the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin affirmative action case and the use of research by nearly 100 amicus briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.

The work will also be informed by the court’s recent decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action–in particular, as Justice Sotomayor discusses and cites to social science evidence extensively in her dissenting opinion. More information about the award is available at http://www.wtgrantfoundation.org/news/grant_announcements/spring-2014-research-grants-and-distinguished-fellows.  Congratulations to Karen on her grant award and her new faculty position in OLPD!