Saxe Directs Rhodes Institute Fellows


This summer Prof. Robert Saxe is directing the research projects of three students through the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies.  The Institute, a program dedicated to furthering academic research on Memphis and the Mid-South, allows Rhodes students to spend eight weeks conducting in-depth research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

All three of Saxe’s students are drawing upon archival sources in the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.  History major Jonathan Schwartz is researching Clinton-era gun control policy, Lizzie Steen is studying how Clinton’s brownfields redevelopment policies played out in Memphis, and history major Daniel Williford is examining Clinton’s policies on Native Americans and higher education.  All three will submit and present their papers at the end of the Rhodes Institute.

This is the second consecutive year that Prof. Saxe has directed students working on projects in the Clinton Library.  Last year, Rhodes Institute Fellow Taylor Barnes continued her research from the Institute under Saxe’s direction through the College’s Honors program.  Her project focused on President Clinton’s Advisory Board on Race.