Welcome to the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  Established in fall 1996, the Clements Center promotes research, publishing, teaching, and public programming in a variety of fields of inquiry related to Texas, the American Southwest, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.


The Clements Center is pleased to announce its research fellows for 2014-2015.

Call for papers! International Symposium on Violence in the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands

Congratulations to former Clements fellow Raúl Coronado whose book A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture won the Texas State Historical Association's Kate Broocks Bates Award for Best Historical Research and second prize from the Texas Institute of Letters Ramirez Prize for Best Scholarly Book.

Congratulations to former fellow Jason Mellard whose book Progressive CountryHow the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture won the Texas State Historical Association's 2013 Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for Best Book on Texas History.

SMU history PhD 2007 graduate Alicia Dewey wins the Calvert Book Prize. 

Congratulations to Lance R. Blyth, the winner of the Weber-Clements Prize for Best Non-fiction book on Southwestern America published in 2012!

Upcoming Events:

  • Noon Talks:
    Fall 2014 

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  • Evening Talk:
    Juliana Barr &  
    Ed Countryman
    Contested Spaces of
    Early America

    October 22, 2014
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  • Annual Symposium:
    Food Across Borders
    Co-sponsored with the
    Center for Comparative
    Border Studies at
    Arizona State University

  • Evening Talk
    Larry McMurtry 
    Dallas Museum of Art
    May 7, 2014
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