Dr. Jesse Alemán, ALS professor and Director of Literature, has been named one of UT-Austin’s Latino Research Initiative research fellows. He will be in residency at UT-Austin for the 2018-2019 academic year, completing research in collections at the Benson Latin American Library, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and at the Harry Ransom Center for his book on US Latino/a writings about the American Civil War Alongside the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the Latino Research Initiative supports the interdisciplinary study of Mexican-origin and Latino populations in Texas and elsewhere. Research fellows deliver one public lecture and are not required to teach during the tenure of the funded award.
Dr. Alemán also saw the publication of his essay, “Narratives of Displacement in Places that Once Were Mexican,” in the recently released Cambridge History of Latina/o American Literature. The collection is a major reference book of Latina/o literary history from the colonial period to the contemporary moment, and Dr. Alemán’s chapter charts the formative, transitional impact of nineteenth-century displacement and dispossession in Mexican-American literary and cultural production in the aftermath of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. You can find more information about the Cambridge collection here.