DOI

10.17077/etd.77rc-46bj

Document Type

Dissertation

Date of Degree

Summer 2019

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Barnhardt, Cassie L.

First Committee Member

Locke, Leslie

Second Committee Member

Ogren, Christine

Third Committee Member

Dietrich, Bryce

Fourth Committee Member

Barker, Maria T.

Abstract

Using a structural topic model text analysis approach in a mixed methods framework, these studies seek to better understand the language, rhetoric, and rationales amici curiae employ to defend or deride affirmative action in cases before the Supreme Court. Through a better understanding of the content and framing of these briefs, the next time an affirmative action case is before the court a larger, more articulate, and more united network of advocates from the higher education sector and beyond will be better position to have their voices heard.

Keywords

Affirmative Action, Amici, Brief, Fisher

Pages

x, 239 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-168).

Copyright

Copyright © 2019 Ryan Lewis Young

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