Professor selected as a Visiting Fellow at University of Oxford program

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Jun 16, 2011

Robert Perkinson
Robert Perkinson
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa American Studies Associate Professor Robert Perkinson was recently awarded a research fellowship to participate as a Visiting Fellow at the Harris Manchester College Summer Research Institute at the University of Oxford.
Perkinson is among three university faculty members from Hawai‘i who were selected to take part in the week-long independent research program starting on July 4. The program is designed to allow visiting fellows the time and resources to complete an article, book or research paper in their field of study.  
Lilia Castle of Chaminade University and Steven C. Combs of Hawai‘i Pacific University are the other two recipients.  Access to the libraries and other resources of the University of Oxford is made available to Visiting Fellows.
The recipients were awarded the fellowships based on their exemplary contributions to research in their fields. Perkinson, the author of Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire, will conduct research for an article on social reform techniques in early prisons. He will also research U.S. foreign relations and colonialism with comparative sections on the British Empire for his next book.
Every July, approximately 50 Visiting Fellows gather in Oxford at the Summer Research Institute. Over the years, these distinguished academics have come from 25 participating universities representing seven countries.
Corporate sponsor Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA) supports the Hawaii program that is coordinated locally by Oxford University's Harris Manchester College Regents Dr. Lawrence K.W. Tseu, attorney William McCorriston and Dr. John Henry Felix.
“The Summer Research Institute allows us to acknowledge some of our best collegiate educators and researchers,” said Felix, President and CEO of HMAA. “Not only does the program bring an opportunity to the Visiting Fellows representing Hawaii, but their experiences are brought back to the classrooms, enriching the education of our students.”