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The Consumer Movement Archives (CMA) Research Award recipients received $3000, which provided funds to travel to Manhattan, Kansas to conduct scholarly research using CMA materials.



 Mallory SoRelle, CMA Winner

Mallory SoRelle, MPP
PhD Candidate
Department of Government, Cornell University


"My project explores why, amidst heightened consumer anger and at an opportune moment for reform, consumer advocates have failed to spark sustained political consumer mobilization on issues of consumer finance. This project, which employs a multi-methods research design, draws heavily on archival research conducted at the CMA.  Specifically, I used the CMA collections to 1) aid in the creation of an original dataset of consumer mobilization efforts over time, 2) explore the strategies employed by advocacy groups in their attempts to directly mobilize consumers around financial issues over time, and 3) gain a deeper understanding of advocacy groups’ campaigns for financial reform since the 1980s. The AFFIL, NCLC, Brooks (Thomas), and Morse papers were of particular interest."



 Abigail Selzer King, 2014 Consumer Movement Archives Award Winner



Abigail Selzer King, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Technical Communication & Rhetoric
Department of English, Texas Tech University


"During my time at the CMA archives I examined the materials from the Americans for Fairness in Lending. I focused on the organizational processes through which they developed advocacy campaign materials as well as the final versions of the campaign materials themselves which included folders, press releases, videos, images, and informational brochures. My research interests in these materials come from an argumentation perspective to ask--how did the AFFIL use evidentiary strategies to support their arguments against predatory lending? I anticipate arguing in my work that that better understanding how these evidentiary relationships are constructed can contribute to more effective advocacy communication."