Mini Grant Awards Fall 2017

Effects of Parental Incarceration on Family and Child Wellbeing: Informing Best Practices Through an Investigation of Caregiver Experiences

Incarceration rates in the United States have reached unprecedented proportions. Over two million people are incarcerated in prison, jail, on probation, or on parole. This is nearly a 500% increase over the last forty years (i.e., 1976-2016).

Over one million inmates are parents of children under 18 years of age. In other words, one in twenty-eight minors in the United States has a caregiver in jail or prison. The effects of parental incarceration are devastating and vary by developmental stage. Infants may not form an attachment bond with their parent, and as a result, develop behavioral problems. Disruption of the parent-child relationship is associated with an inability to form or maintain interpersonal relationships and cognitive impairment (i.e., attention, memory, logic and reasoning, auditory processing) in young children. Internalizing (i.e., anxiety, depression) and externalizing (i.e., conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder) problems lead to poor academic achievement in school-age children. Parental incarceration also increases the likelihood of being arrested as an adult.

The purpose of this workshop is to better understand the experiences of families with an incarcerated caregiver, and in doing so, suggest future directions for research and policy.

Team Members Affiliation(s)
Joshua Page Department of Sociology
Damir S. Utržan Pediatrics (Medical School)
Caitlin Curry Department of Sociology
Julie Matonich Children of Incarcerated Caregivers
Barbara Frey Human Rights Program (Law School)
Perry Moriearty Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic (Law School)

Blackness and Disability Studies: Interrogating Anti-Black Racism and Disablement

This collaborative reading group and symposium explores new directions in Black disability justice. Beginning as a reading group in early 2018, our dialog will culminate in a symposium in April 2018, inviting national disability scholars and activists to converse about Black disability activism, resistance, and power.

According to the Ruderman Foundation, over half of people killed by police have a disability. Disabled people of color are seen as doubly “unruly” and threatening. Recent examples of disabled Black people being shot for not following police instructions include Charleena Lyles, shot by police in Seattle in 2017; Keith Lamont Scott, shot in Charlotte, Virginia, in 2016; Mario Woods, shot in San Francisco, California in 2015, and many more. Black disabled activists have responded to this crisis in policing with a call to acknowledge the role of ableism in state violence. The workshop Blackness and Disability Studies gathers activists and scholars working on responses to state violence against Black disabled people to converse with Critical Disability Studies Collaborative members and interested stakeholders across the University.

Team Members Affiliation(s)
Aren Aizura Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Jigna Desai Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Jennifer Pierce Department of American Studies
Patrick McNamera Department of History
Jay Wilson  Disability Resource Center
Angela Carter Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Nancy Herther Disability Studies
Haley Kimmet Disability Resource Center
David Perry CLA Advising

Narrative/Medicine: Personal Narrative Analysis Across the Liberal Arts and Medical Practice

This two-day Narrative/Medicine Workshop in August, 2018 will be the culmination of a longer-running research collaborative that explores the emerging field of narrative medicine, with a focus on illness narratives in particular. The summer workshop will involve local, national, and international participants who all work with personal narrative analysis from the various perspectives represented in our group – from history, the social sciences, literature, law, narrative medicine, and psychoanalysis.

Team Members Affiliations
Mary Jo Maynes Department of History
Leslie Morris Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch
Susanna Blumenthal Law and History (Law School)
Alejandro Baer Department of Sociology
Steven Borowsky Park Nicollet
Kyle Cedermark Prairie Care
Shelley Cross Mayo Clinic 
John Davidson Mayo Clinic
Andrew Elfenbein Department of English
Jan Estep Department of Art
Ofelia Ferrán Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Shirley Garner Department of English
Jennifer Gunn History of Medicine (College of Science and Engineering)
David Homans Park Nicollet
Rebecca Krinke Landscape Architecture (College of Design)
Richard D. Lentz Park Nicollet and Psychiatry (Medical School)
Gloria Burgess Levin Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute
Scott McRae Park Nicollet
Krista Nelson Family Circle Counseling
EmmaLee Pallai Community-University Health Care Center
Jennifer Pierce Department of American Studies
Laurence Savett Medical School
Svetlana Simovic Psychiatry (Medical School) and Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
Madelon Sprengnether Department of English
Karen-Sue Taussig Department of Anthropology
Dominique Tobbell History of Medicine (College of Science and Engineering)
Barbara Welke History and Law (Law School)