Seven fellowships valued at $5,000 each were awarded for 2018-19. These fellowships are designed to address a need for funding for research that could not be accomplished otherwise in order to complete a book project, major article or series of articles, or other research project that makes an impact in the field. Money can be used for any travel, conference, archival/fieldwork, or other normally reimbursable expenses. Fellow participate in the Faculty Colloquium Series, which will function as a working group for these works-in-progress. Projects are chosen on the basis or their intellectual rigor, scholarly creativity, and potential to make a significant impact in the candidate’s career and field. Faculty in affiliated departments are eligible to apply.
Academic Year 2018-2019
Leonardo Cardoso is Assistant Professor and Crawley Faculty Fellow in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University. His book, Sound-Politics in São Paulo (Oxford University Press, 2019), provides an ethnographic account of noise control debates in the most populous city in the Americas. He has published in Current Anthropology, Journal of Latin American Studies, the Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Studies, Sounding Out!, and the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. He is the guest editor of an upcoming special issue on sound, law, and governance in the Sound Studies journal. Cardoso was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation at ParisTech (the birthplace of actor-network theory). He was awarded the Program in Latin American Studies Fellowship at Princeton University and the Max Planck Institute Research Fellowship in Berlin. His second book, State Acoustics in Brazil, examines governance, sound, and citizenship in Brazil between the 1930s and the 2010s.
Olga Dror is an Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M University. She published three books on Vietnamese religions. Later she focused on various aspects of the war in Vietnam and translated and studied an account of the massacre committed by the Communist forces in Hue during the Tet Offensives in 1968. She has published in the Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Social History, Journal of Cold War Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, The New York Times, and other venues. Her most recent book, Making Two Vietnams: War and Youth Identities, 1965-1975, is forthcoming in 2018 from Cambridge University Press. Her next project is about the formation of Ho Chi Minh’s cult.
Dinah Hannaford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies. She is the author of Marriage Without Borders: Transnational Spouses in Neoliberal Senegal (2017, University of Pennsylvania Press) and articles in journals such as African Studies Review and Global Networks. Dr. Hannaford is working on a new book manuscript entitled Aid and the Help: Domestic Work and International Development, which examines international development through the prism of relationships between expat aid workers and their domestic employees. The project involves ethnographic research in Dakar, Senegal with both aid workers and their nannies, maids, drivers and security guards, as well as archival research on domestic service in Senegal in both Senegal and in France.
Born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, Felipe Hinojosa is Associate Professor of History and affiliate faculty in Latina/o and Mexican American Studies. He is the author of Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical Culture (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) as well as a number of articles on Latina/o history, social movements, and religion in America. In 2017, he was awarded a research fellowship from the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference from Emory University. Atlanta, GA. His current research project, Apostles of Change: Radical Politics and the Making of Latina/o Religion, investigates how a few and relatively unknown church occupations—by groups such as the Young Lords and Católicos Por La Raza—inspired a Latina/o religious renaissance, both cultural and political, in the 1970s and 1980s. The book starts in 1969 with the occupation of the McCormick Theological Seminary by a rainbow coalition of Puerto Rican Young Lords, Black Panthers, and the white activist group the Young Patriots in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. This occupation kicked off a national movement of Latina/o radical groups occupying churches and disrupting church services in Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and New York City. On their own, these cases were dramatic instances that faded almost as immediately as they rose. Each occupation lasted no more than 14 to 20 days before church officials sought legal help to force the activists out of their churches. But a closer look reveals the important legacy of these occupations in shaping Latina/o religious politics and culture and in building a progressive religious infrastructure that gave rise to the Sanctuary movement in the 1980s.
Jessica Howell is Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University. She completed a PhD in English at University of California, Davis, and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Humanities and Health, King’s College London. Her first monograph, Exploring Victorian Travel Literature: Disease, Race and Climate, was published in 2014 by Edinburgh UP, and her forthcoming book is titled Malaria and Victorian Fictions of Empire (Cambridge UP, 2018). Dr. Howell teaches courses in Victorian literature, literature and medicine, the Health Humanities, and women’s travel writing. She also has led a Summer Scholars program on “Epidemics in Literature/ Literature as Epidemic.” Dr. Howell convenes the Health Humanities Seminar at the Glasscock Center and the T3 group on “Global Health and the Humanities.”
María Irene Moyna is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies. She is the author of a single-author book, Compound Words in Spanish: Theory and History, and two co-edited collections, Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Linguistic Heritage (with Alejandra Balestra and Glenn Martínez, Arte Público Press, 2008) and Forms of Address in the Spanish of the Americas (with Susana Rivera-Mills, John Benjamins, 2016). She has published over 20 articles in refereed journals and edited collections. During her Glasscock Fellowship, Dr. Moyna will be working on her project Tex Mix: A History of Language Mixing in Mexican American Music from Texas. She will focus on Spanish-English mixing in songs by Texas Mexican American songwriters of the twentieth century. This study is timely because, while artistic Spanish-English mixing has been described in contemporary urban styles such as bachata and rap, there is very little research on its earlier manifestations in the Texas borderlands. Dr. Moyna hopes to ascertain the specific form and functions code mixing has taken over the history of Texas bilingual music. This will require creating a large database of songs for analysis, to establish language preferences, crossover, code-mixing structure, and differences by artist, period, location, and style. The songs will be searched in streaming services, commercially available recordings, and scholarly archives and museums scattered throughout Texas (e.g., the Cushing Library, TAMUK’s South Texas Archives, UTSA’s Special Collections, UT’s Benson Collection, and the Texas Music Museum). The overall goal is to identify 200-300 bilingual songs for transcription, classification, and analysis. The results will be written up into (at least) one article, and the song lyrics will be made available to the archives. At a later stage, Dr. Moyna intends to use these songs to create culturally-rich teaching materials for Spanish language educators across the state.
Born in Chile and raised in Vermont and central Mexico, Dr. Plankey-Videla’s research and teaching is informed by a global perspective on inequality and agency. Her research seeks to understand how structural inequality affects the opportunities and barriers for women workers in Latin America and Latino/a immigrants in the U.S. Her early work links power shifts in the global economy with organizational changes within firms, explaining how these changes lead to labor resistance during a period of economic crisis. More recently, Dr. Plankey-Videla’s work with the Latino immigrant community in Texas has lead to research on the racialization of day laborers and the effects of deportation threat on families and communities.
CHCI-ACLS Visiting Fellow
Dr. Gruesser is a Senior Research Scholar in English at Sam Houston State University. He is working on an ACLS-funded project, Man on the Firing Line: The Literary Life of Sutton E. Griggs, 1872-1933.
Man on the Firing Line challenges current notions about the audience for, and the content, production, and dissemination of, politically engaged US black fiction. The project contributes to the critical reassessment not only of Sutton Griggs, but also of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American and US literary, print, and religious culture. This grant will support research in key places connected to Griggs, including Dallas, Nashville, Memphis, Philadelphia, and Chicago.