Three fellowships valued at $5,000 each were awarded for 2017-18. 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.
Olga Dror is 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.
María Irene Moyna is 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) and Forms of Address in the Spanish of the Americas (with Susana Rivera-Mills). 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.