Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS-Benson Research Fellows (Summer 2012)


David Romo

Ph.D. Candidate, Borderlands History, The University of Texas at El Paso

CMAS-Benson Fellowship Project Title: "A Global History of the Segundo Barrio: Microhistorical Investigation of South El Paso During World War II, 1936-1949"

Explores the history of militarization on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. The study integrates microhistorical and transnational methodologies that focus on a geographically small-scale analysis to shed light on much broader global developments.


Karen Roybal

Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignDepartment of Latina/Latino Studies

CMAS-Benson Fellowship Project Title: With a Pen in Her Hand: María Amparo Ruiz de Burton Challenges California Lawmakers"

The project juxtaposes Ruiz de Burton's use of the pen as her "weapon" with Américo Paredes' illustration of Gregorio Cortez's pistol, to challenge US accounts of borderlands History. By examining the Américo Paredes papers, the research reveals how, similar to Ruiz de Burton, he used his research on folk music and his literary work to similarly challenge cultural and historical accounts of Mexican borderlands history provided by Euro-Americans. 

She also worked on the chapter "Behind Every Successful Man is a Successful Woman: Jovita González Stakes a Claim in Tejas History" which acknowledges González's contribution to US/Mexico borderlands history, specifically her contribution to historical studies about US conquest and Mexico dispossession that plagues the violent US/Mexico borderlands in South Texas. 


Cuauhtémoc Thelonious Mexica

Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative Literature, University of Washington

CMAS-Benson Fellowship Project Title: "Some Go Up, Some Go South: The Borderlands Narratives of Cormac McCarthy and Eduardo Antonio Parra"

Project examines violence and social stability of borderlands narratives in both literature and film. With Américo Paredes and Gloria Andaldúa papers as the theoretical framework of border-making, the project examines the works of Cormac McCarthy and Eduardo Antonio Parra and how their texts circumvent and create nationalist discourses.