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Faculty Fellowships and Awards

Dr. Ivan Castro-Arellano headshot

USDA Kika De La Garza Science Fellowship

Ivan Castro-Arellano, Department of Biology


Reimbursable travel expenses to visit multiple federal agencies and a USDA research lab.

Period of Support: Summer 2012 (paid directly to faculty member)

Dr. Castro-Arellano's profile

Dr. Castro-Arellano's lab

Award announcement for Dr. Castro-Arellano

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USDA Kika De La Garza Education Fellowship

Nicole Wagner, Department of Agriculture

Reimbursable travel expenses to visit multiple federal agencies.

Period of Support: Summer 2015 (paid directly to faculty member)

Award announcement for Dr. Wagner

Dr. Mar Huertas holding plaque with two others

USDA Kika De La Garza Science Fellowship

Mar Huertas, Department of Biology

Reimbursable travel expenses to visit multiple federal agencies and a USDA research lab.

Period of Support: Summer 2018 (paid directly to faculty member)

Award group photo with Dr. Huertas

NEH Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Race and the Art of Tourist Promotion in Bahia, Brazil: Crafting an Urban Landscape, 1900-1964

PI: Anadelia A. Romo

Purpose: Dr. Romo’s research explores the tangled connections between race, representation, and tourism that have shaped the structure of modern racial inequality in Brazil. Examines the reinvention of a former sugar zone in Brazil’s Northeast and probes how the promotion of tourism forged and reinforced racial stereotypes in the aftermath of abolition. To do this, Dr. Romo turns to sources neglected by historians: illustrated tourist guides for Brazil’s colonial capital of Salvador, Bahia, written from the 1920s through the 1950s. Dr. Romo shows how the budding tourism industry of this era developed a distinctive iconography that placed Afro-Bahians as central to the city’s landscape, an apparently inclusive visual culture that worked well with Brazil’s promotion of itself as a racial democracy. Yet Dr. Romo argues that the intersection of tourism and a new visual landscape of the city shaped and consolidated pernicious stereotypes of blackness and exoticized visions of African culture that continue to dominate the visual culture of the city today.

Journal of Latin American Studies article

andean cosmopolitans book cover

NEH Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Andean Cosmopolitans: Indigenous Journeys to the Habsburg Royal Court

PI: Jose Carlos de la Puente

Purpose: To complete the first in-depth study about the travels of native Andeans to the Habsburg royal court in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Andean Cosmopolitans brings to the fore the indigenous leaders and legal agents who played an active part in gaining access to the Spanish system of justice for native Andeans. They influenced Crown policies at the highest level, turning stays at the court into a negotiation about the nature of the state in the New World. The story unfolds simultaneously in distant settings of the early modern Atlantic world. The focus is less on fixed ethnic and legal identifications, or on discontinuous places and regions, as it is on fluid identities, interconnections, and the interplay between local and global scenarios. Dr. De la Puente highlights the role played by native Andeans in the formation of a "legal Atlantic," an organic network of litigants, petitioners, attorneys, and ideas of law and justice bridging courtrooms in Spain and America.

NEH record

Book website

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NEH Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Blackbird Singing: Black America Remixes the Beatles

PI: Katie Kapurch 

Purpose: Grant will support the research and writing of a book, Blackbird Singing: Black America Remixes the Beatles, contracted with Penn State University Press in its American Music History series. The book offers a comprehensive view of black Americans’ musical engagements with the Beatles, which informs the story of popular music, especially mid-twentieth century rock ‘n’ roll, and, broadly, the study of American culture. 

Dr. Kapurch shows how black artists remix the Beatles while tapping into a tradition of African American arts that include music, as well as folklore and literature. In addition to iconic covers, the book analyzes Beatles-inspired songs, mashups, samplings, collaborations, accompanying visual media, including album art and music videos, and online discourse.

About Katie Kapurch 

Study of literature and rhetoric leads professor on long and winding road to the Beatles

Assistant professor discusses how Lil Nas X is pushing the boundaries of race in country music


Blac Rabbit: Turning on the Beatles Today

“Old Town Road”’s Pop Outlaws: Lil Nas X Remixes the Mac-and-Jack Hustle


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