Society of Scholars
The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another’s work. Each year, approximately eight faculty and three dissertation research fellowships support members of the Society of Scholars. Scholars in year-long residence at the University of Washington may be invited to participate as well. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their research in progress.
2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars
2019 - 2020 Society of Scholars Fellow
La TaSha Levy (she/her/hers)
Race Matters in the GOP
Race Matters in the GOP explores a dramatic shift in Black Republican politics from liberal to conservative in the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement. Using presidential archives and organizational records, I explore Black Republican strategies to advocate African American interests within a Republican framework as conservatives clamored for power within the GOP. I argue that the cultivation of Black political conservatives in the 1980s and beyond represented a radical break from a longstanding tradition of Black Republican advocacy for civil rights and racial equality.