Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Graduate Students Awarded Continuing Fellowships

Tue, April 22, 2014
Graduate Students Awarded Continuing Fellowships

Adriana Pacheco and Joshua Frank won two of this year’s a UT Graduate School Named Continuing Fellowships, offered by the College of Liberal Arts for dissertation completion. Winning this award speaks very highly of the student’s record of accomplishments as a graduate student at the University. The fact that our department was awarded two awards in a very competitive College of Liberal Arts  environment signals the high-quality of our graduate students overall, and the exceptional research mentoring enjoyed by all.
In her dissertation, The Rhetoric of Charity and commodification of poverty in 19th-Century Catholic Literature in Mexico: The Construction of a New Feminine Subjectivity, Adriana Pacheco argues that in Mexican 19th century Catholic discourse, the rhetoric of charity constituted one of the most powerful epistemological discourses in the construction of feminine subjectivity, gender division. The same discourse also commodified poverty, setting ambiguous and contradictory values that influenced Mexican women’s life until modern times.  Pacheco furthers the understanding of the power of religion in the public sphere in a period when shaping feminine subjectivities was fundamental. She analyzes the rhetoric of charity, a discourse that helped turn poverty into a commodity and was intimately related to the phenomenon of the "feminization of religion".
In Joshua Frank’s dissertation, Processing Recomplementation Structures in bilingual Spanish, he examines how distinct bilingual populations acquire and process language via reading-time and eye-tracking measures. A major contribution of his research is the examination of the processing strategies of heritage Spanish speakers. Because these bilinguals have characteristics of both native speaker and second language learner populations, he is able to consider the role of age and experience-related factors. Furthermore, as an advocate for the study and preservation of heritage and community languages, Joshua highlights how researching this population contributes to such disparate fields as linguistic theory, acquisition and performance research, as well as classroom instruction and design.
We want to congratulate their dissertation directors, Naomi Lindstrom and Jacqueline Toribio as well.

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