Announcements, Appointments

ALS Professor Named Mellon Distinguished Scholar

Jesse Alemán, ALS Professor and Interim Dean of Graduate Studies, has been named the 2023-2024 Mellon Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worcester, MA. He will be the senior fellow in residence at the AAS, where he will participate in the social and academic program of the Society while conducting research in the library’s archives of nineteenth-century US print cultures.

Alemán has been serving as the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies since January 2023 semester. He will be stepping down from the position on July 31, 2023, when he will take sabbatical to begin his residency at the Society.

“UNM is proud of Dr. Alemán’s accomplishments, and his residency at the AAS will provide him an unparalleled opportunity to advance his scholarship,” said James Holloway, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.  “His service to graduate studies has been admirable, and he has my deep thanks.”

Established in 1812, the American Antiquarian Society houses one of the oldest, largest, and most renown collection of manuscripts, books, newspapers, and other ephemera printed in the US before the twentieth century.

Alemán plans to the use the year and the library’s resources to put the final touches on a book that analyzes Latino and Latina writings about the US Civil War. “Covid disrupted the book’s progress. Libraries and archives closed, and the pandemic shut down much of the world. So, I’m grateful for the opportunity to get back to the research and writing this book about early Latinx writers during the Civil War era.”