WILLIAMSTOWN -- Sara Dubow, associate professor of history at Williams College, has been awarded a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop research projects that focus on the legal history of reproductive and sexual politics.
New Directions Fellowships are intended to allow "established scholar-teachers to pursue formal substantive and methodological training in addition to the Ph.D.," according to the Mellon Foundation.
The foundation has awarded $188,200 to Williams College to support Dubow's two long-term book projects, one tentatively titled "From Conscience Clauses to Conscience Wars: The History and Politics of Refusal, 1973-2012," and another tentatively titled "'At the Heart of Liberty': A History of Gender, Sexuality, and the Fourteenth Amendment."
With the grant, Dubow will have the opportunity to travel to archives and libraries, and to take classes in constitutional and administrative law at Yale Law School, where she will be a visiting researcher for 2013-2014.
Her first project will explore the historical development of conscience clauses, which allow health care providers with moral or religious objections not to perform abortions or in some cases not to provide contraceptives, and their more recent transformation into "conscience wars" within the national discourse of reproductive health.
Dubow's second project, "At the Heart of Liberty," will explore how gender difference and equality have been debated and imagined in a series of Fourteenth Amendment cases.