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Texas A&M Announces Six Arts And Humanities Fellows For 2023

Each faculty member will receive a $15,000 grant over three years to support academic research or creative work.
By Texas A&M University Research Communications and Public Relations July 25, 2023

2023 Arts And Humanities Fellows Texas A&M University


Texas A&M University has selected six faculty members as Arts and Humanities Fellows for 2023, the Division of Research announced today.

Each fellow will receive a three-year grant totaling $15,000 to support research in the humanities or creative work in the arts. 

“Our Arts and Humanities Fellowships encourage our faculty to generate knowledge in the humanities or to pursue excellence in the performing or fine arts,” said Dr. Jack G. Baldauf, vice president for research. “These fields are essential to shaping our understanding of our world and preparing the leaders of the future. We look forward to the scholarship and creative work these faculty members will produce.”

Each year, a new class of Arts and Humanities Fellows is chosen by a peer-review committee from project-based applications. Selections are based on merit and originality, professional qualifications, clarity, benefit to the public and the quality of the overall proposal.

Application to the program is open annually to Texas A&M faculty who are eligible to serve as principal investigators and who engage in scholarship in the humanities or creative work in the arts. At least one year must lapse between completion of a previous fellowship and application for a new one. Proposals in the social fields are eligible if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches.

“We are pleased by the high quality of applications this year and look forward to receiving proposals for the 2024 fellowships,” said Dr. Gerianne Alexander, associate vice president for research and director of the fellowship program. “We encourage all eligible faculty to apply for these fellowships.”

The following faculty members were named to the fellowship program’s Class of 2023:

  • Dr. Emily Brady, professor, Department of Philosophy and Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, will develop and defend a new theory for situating aesthetic meanings and values in response to environmental changes in the atmosphere and geosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere.
  • Dr. Jonathan Brunstedt, assistant professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, will produce a book that examines the U.S.-Vietnam and Soviet-Afghan wars and their possible role in hastening the USSR’s collapse and fueling the revival of an American exceptionalism.
  • Dr. Leonardo Cardoso, associate professor, Department of Performance Studies, School of Performance, Visualization and Fine Arts, will examine environmental risk in contemporary Brazil using sound and hearing as analytical channels to study relationships between the modern state, the private sector and local communities. 
  • Dr. ArCasia James-Gallaway, assistant professor, Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, School of Education and Human Development, will examine school desegregation in 1970s Waco, Texas, and its effects on Black students’ everyday lives. 
  • Dr. Sumin Lee, assistant professor, Department of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, will produce a book that explores how governments adopt different forms of accountability for conflict-related sexual violence.  
  • Dr. Shelley Wachsmann, professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, will publish the final excavation report of 1994-96 INA/CMS Joint Expedition to Tantura Lagoon, Israel, where an expedition revealed seven shipwrecks. 

Since its launch in 2015, the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program has provided funding for projects by 65 Texas A&M faculty members.

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