For the third year in a row, based on the generosity of Cathy and Craig Glick, the School of Liberal Arts has been able to name four Glick fellows. These individuals, who have been approved for fourth year leave or a sabbatical, will receive support to allow them to complete their research. In the past, these grants have been invaluable as now eight Glick Fellows have traveled, written, and researched in ways that would have previously been impossible. The current class will undoubtedly find the grants as important in helping them complete their research. We also believe that these individuals represent the breath, depth and incredible mastery of the faculty of the School of Liberal Arts.
Young Glick Fellow
Guadalupe Garcia is an assistant professor in the Department of History. Having already completed her first book, which examined the impact of Spanish colonial policies on the uses of urban space, she is now beginning work on a second monograph, “A City by the Sea: The Eighteenth-Century World of Havana.” This project will explore early eighteenth-century neighborhoods in Havana through the city’s built environment and spatial layout. With the Glick Fellowship, she will be able to digitize and input into map-building software the images and notarial information from the archival repository in Cuba. In addition, she will be able to travel to the University of Texas, Arlington which houses a special Collection of Gulf Coast maps.
Senior Glick Fellows
J. Celeste Lay, of the Department of Political Science, has recently been awarded tenure and promotion. She will use the funds to complete the research for her second single authored book. Her first monograph, "A Midwestern Mosaic," looked at immigration and political socialization in rural America. Her new work, “Blamed for the Weather? Natural Disasters and Voting Behavior in US Elections,” examines the effects that natural disasters have on voters and elections. With her Glick Fellowship, she intends to travel to the Northwest Minnesota Historical Center which houses archival material on the 1997 Red River Flood. In addition, she will use the funds to present her findings to the Midwest Political Science Meeting.
Grant McCall, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, is conducting research on modern human originals and the context of early symbolic objects dating to the Middle Stone Age in the hyper-arid Central Namib region of Namibia. His previous work in the region uncovered one of the earliest known pieces of representational art in the form of a stone slab painted with a human figure. His Glick Fellowship will be used to facilitate further excavations, as well as the systematic recording and dating of rock paintings in order to understand the evolution of artistic practices and social systems in the region. This work will be done at a time that students from the University of Namibia and the University Centre for Studies in Namibia can participate in the project.
Allison Truitt, also an associate professor from the Department of Anthropology, has already completed one monograph, "Dreaming of Money in Ho Chi Minh City." In her new project, she explores the role of Vietnamese Americans within the change contours of citizenship in the Gulf South. She will examine how “staying Vietnamese” contributes to the group dynamic as well as helped defined the changing terrain of membership and belonging in the Gulf South. With her Glick Fellowship, she will be able to perform interviews and ethnographic research with Vietnamese American community groups and organizations as well as provide funds for recording and transcribing the interviews. She will also travel to the Asian American Scholars Studies Conference in San Francisco to present her findings.
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