TAMU-CC History Professor Receives Prestigious Summer Stipend to Research Newest Book

Published: April 11, 2016

TAMU-CC History Professor Receives Prestigious Summer Stipend to Research Newest Book

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Sandrine Sanos, Associate Professor of Modern European History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been selected to receive a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend.  

The stipend, valued at $6,000, will support Sanos for two months this summer, as she spends time in the archives in Normandy and Paris researching her next book, “The Horror of History: Violence, Exile, and Gender in Cold War France, 1954-1967.”

“I am honored to receive this support for my new book project amidst all the excellent proposals that are submitted every year,” said Sanos.

NEH, an independent federal agency created in 1965, funds cultural institutions like museums, archives, universities and individual scholars. NEH awards are highly selective and prestigious in the humanities. In the last five competitions, the Summer Stipends Program received an average of 930 applications per year. The program averages 81 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 9 percent.

Sanos’ current book builds upon her interests of how the aftermath of violence shapes cultures and societies. She believes it will interest those in political science and theory, sociology, history, literature, cultural and media studies.

“My project, about Cold War France, explores how new ways of thinking about political community emerged in France in those years from a number of anti-colonial and exiled writers, intellectuals and artists,” said Sanos. “They were haunted by the memory of World War II and argued against the use of violence, torture and internment camps.”

Sanos plans to use her research to craft undergraduate and graduate courses on comparative genocides, gender and politics, as well as representations of exile. She anticipates her book project to span four years.

“I began some of the research for this book during a teaching leave in spring 2014, thanks to the Joe B. Frantz Professorship,” she explained. “This summer stipend will allow me to do more crucial research on specific writers and media.”

Sanos thanks Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, Provost; her colleague in history, Dr. Laura K. Muñoz; and the University’s Office of Research, Commercialization and Outreach for their support.

A native of France, Sanos was educated in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, earning a Bachelor of Arts at Oxford University, a Master of Arts at London University and her Ph.D. at Rutgers University. She began teaching at the Island University in 2008, and currently teaches classes in Modern European History, the History of Gender and Sexuality, and the History of Ideas.

In addition to this new book project, Sanos is the author of two other books. “The Aesthetics of Hate,” published in 2012, examines how gender, race, and sexuality structured the thinking of French far-right and fascist intellectuals about identity and citizenship in the 1930s. Her second, “Simone de Beauvoir, Creating a Feminist Existence,” published in 2016, is a biography of the French feminist novelist and philosopher.