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MSMU receives grant to expand gender and border studies

January 11, 2022

Mount Saint Mary’s University has been awarded a $148,889 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore “Women at the Los Angeles-Tijuana Border,” an initiative that will give students the opportunity to study and preserve the history and culture of women at the Los Angeles-Tijuana border.

The National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency, is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.
The National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency, is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.

Over the next three years, the University will develop a program that includes lectures, research trips to the U.S.-Mexico border region, and courses co-taught with faculty from Southern California and Baja area partner universities that will offer Mount students a unique platform to explore gender studies on the border. As part of the program, the University will also launch a new minor – “Gender and Border Studies” – that will include new multidisciplinary humanities courses and offer undergraduate humanities research, co-teaching and guest lecture opportunities.

“This is an important opportunity for the Mount to continue to expand our undergraduate research offerings while deepening our commitment to the humanities, the women’s college experience and the internationalization of the University,” said Lia Roberts, PhD, academic director of the Center for Global Initiatives and professor of political science at the Mount. Roberts will co-direct the project with Stephen Inrig, PhD, professor of history and political science.

Other Mount faculty members participating in the project include Robert Perrins, PhD, academic VP and provost; Emerald Archer, PhD, associate professor of political science and director of the Center for the Advancement of Women; and Therese Fassnacht, PhD, associate professor of music. The University external partners include faculty at universities in Southern California and Mexico, including Scripps College (California), CETYS Universidad in Mexicali, UABC in Tijuana, and UABC in Ensenada as well as the winemakers at DuoMa Winery in Baja.

The NEH, an independent federal agency, is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States, providing grants to top-rated proposals following a critique by a panel of independent, external reviewers. This year, NEH awarded $24.7 million in grants for 208 humanities projects across the country.

“These NEH grants will support educators and scholars in enriching our understanding of the past and enable cultural institutions from across the country to expand their offerings, resources, and public programming, both in person and online,” said NEH Acting Chair Adam Wolfson.

Since its creation in 1965, the agency has awarded more than $5.6 billion for humanities projects through more than 64,000 grants. 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.