Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mexican American Studies

Appointment: September 1, 2021—August 31, 2022

Location: Austin, TX
Closes: 6:00pm CST on Wednesday, December 31, 2020

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mexican American Studies. Supported by the Office of the President, this postdoctoral fellowship was established in memory of Professor Carlos Eduardo Castañeda (1896–1958), a UT Austin alumnus, librarian, and faculty member who was instrumental in the creation of the renown LLILAS Benson Latin American Collection. 


We encourage those in the early stages of their academic career to apply for this fellowship. Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree within the three years prior to the beginning of the fellowship year (Conferral January 2018 – December 2020). Current UT Austin faculty members and recent UT Austin doctoral recipients are not eligible. 


  • Reside in Austin area during academic year of appointment.
  • Actively participate in Latino Studies events and activities at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Engage with and/or make use of the archival materials at the LLILAS Benson Latin American Collection.
  • Acknowledge the support of Latino Studies and other University of Texas at Austin resources in any projects or publications that emerge from the fellowship year.

Stipend and Benefits

Each fellowship will provide a stipend of $48,000, shared office space, a moving allowance, research and travel funds, and health insurance benefits. The University of Texas at Austin is unable to pay salaries through home institution(s).


A complete application will consist of the following materials:

  • Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Proposal (not to exceed 10 double-spaced pages)
  • Writing Sample (not to exceed 25 double-spaced pages)
  • Academic Transcript (from the doctoral-granting institution with proof of degree conferral)
  • Two Letters of reference that speaks to the merits of the proposed project

The application deadline is 6pm CST, Wednesday, December 31, 2020.

All materials must be submitted electronically as PDF documents via the application link at the top of this page.

Questions regarding the Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship may be directed to Dr. John Morán González, Director of CMAS, at 512-471-5351 or

Past Fellows and Their Research: 

Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández, gathering of statistical evidence of Mexican state-sponsored genocide and the numeric dispersal of the Yaqui population as a part of early 20th century capitalist exchange between the U.S., Mexico and Cuba. (2010-2011)

Robb Hernandez, queer visual aesthetics of the Chicano avant-garde. (2011-2012)

Stacy I. Macías, historic and contemporary representations, alternative meanings, and radical political possibilities of queerly racialized or counter-Chicana and Latina femininities in literary, visual, material, and sub-cultural scenes. (2011-2012)

Monica Muñoz Martinez, state-sanctioned racial violence in the early twentieth century southwest Texas, particularly the efforts of women and families to reclaim political rights and rebuild their communities in the aftermath of lynching and the strategies utilized by Texas residents and Mexican immigrants to demand public reckoning with the long legacies of racial terror. (2012-2014)

Isabel Millán, children's media that challenges “childnormativity,” or the ways in which children's cultural productions replicate normalcy and its relationship to transborder children's cultural studies as a disciplinary bridge between studies of girlhood, children, Latinidad, and queer theory. (2013-2014)

Priscilla Leiva, stadiums both as sites for and sites of consumption to understand the ways in which the meaning of stadiums has shifted since the postwar era and how these shifts serve as critical windows into how cities and franchises managed racial, ethnic and gender difference over time. (2014-2015)

Marcel Brousseau, adaptation of Óscar Martínez’s migration account Los migrantes que no importan into a moralized cartography; climate control as a bordering technique. (2015-2017)

Belem López, how prior informal translation experience or language brokering experience affects a bilingual’s ability to access idiomatic meaning across and within language boundaries. (2015-2017) 

Wanda Alarcón, decolonial feminism, U.S. third world feminism, sound studies, popular music, and Chicana literature; in particular, 80s soundscapes in Chicana Literature. (2016-2017)

Rebeca L. Hey-Colón, the connections between the Caribbean diaspora, Chicanx communities, and broader Latinx Studies by analyzing the presence of water, in particular, the relationship between water, borders, bodies, and spirituality in Chicana and Caribbean Latina authors. (2017-2018)

Edna Ledesma, the spatial configuration of the 21st century American city, in particular the landscape of immigrant populations, micro-economies, and how inclusion within the design process can build more pluralistic places. (2018-2019)