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Clements Center receives Summerlee Foundation grant

Supports post-doctoral fellowships in Texas history

October 2, 2008

The Summerlee Foundation has awarded a three-year grant to the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University to support post-doctoral residential fellowships in Texas History. 

The $164,220 grant, a renewal of previous grants from the foundation, will support three year-long fellowships between 2009 and 2012.  The 2009-10 fellow will be announced in spring 2009.

Previous grant holders, who have come to the Center to work on a book, include Gregg Cantrell who completed his biography Stephen F. Austin, Empresario of Texas (Yale University Press, 1999), at the Center, and James Miller, who finished his book South by Southwest: Planter Emigration and Identity in the Slave South (University Press of Virginia, 2002)  Recent holders of the Summerlee Fellowship in Texas History include Jacqueline Moore, Professor of History at Austin College, whose manuscript on "Cow Boys and Cattle Men: Nineteenth Century Masculinity and Class on the Texas Frontier" will be published by NYU Press, and Monica Perales, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Houston, for her manuscript on "Smeltertown: A Biography of a Mexican American Community, 1880-1973."

The current Summerlee Fellow is John W. Weber, who received his Ph.D. in history from the College of William and Mary in 2008 and currently is working on "The Shadow of the Revolution: South Texas, the Mexican Revolution, and the Evolution of Modern American Labor Relations."

The Summerlee Fellows work in a stimulating environment at the Clements Center "think tank," where they enjoy uninterrupted time for research and writing.  Each fellow is one of four awardees who come to complete books on Southwestern America and northern Mexico each year.

Most of the fellowship recipients have been historians, but recipients have also included specialists in anthropology, religious studies, and architecture.  Fellows have produced 21 books as a result of their time at the Center.

Related Links:
William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
The Summerlee Foundation
Clements Center Research Fellowships
Yale University Press
University Press of Virginia

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