TAMU-CC Liberal Arts Professors Travel to Research Rare Books, Collections

Published: June 13, 2016

TAMU-CC Liberal Arts Professors Travel to Research Rare Books, Collections

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Several professors in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are traveling this spring and summer to study rare books or unique collections and receive scholarly feedback.

Dr. Kelly Bezio, Assistant Professor of English, will travel to Pennsylvania to visit the First Book Institute to study how American authors covered communicable diseases. The First Book Institute is a selective institute that provides feedback to junior scholars on their academic monographs. She hopes to get an assessment on the book she’s writing on American literature. The Institute provided funding to a select group of eight researchers, selected from about 80 applicants.

Dr. Jen Brown, Assistant Professor of History, will travel to Washington, D.C., to visit the National Archives, Smithsonian and Library of Congress for her book, "From Darwin to Disney," which is about the history of animals and anthropomorphism in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her research investigates why American culture and the conservation movement came to appreciate animals in their own right.

Dr. Jason Farr, Assistant Professor of English, traveled to Chicago’s Newberry Library to view out of print 18th century novels and other rare archival materials for his book project, “Novel Bodies: Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature.” He received travel funding from the Newberry Library’s Charles Montgomery Gray Fellowship, and has been supported by the University’s Wagenschein Endowment.

Dr. Susan Garza, Professor of English, will travel to the Valley along the Texas-Mexico border for research related to the border fence for a project that uses visual documents such as pictures and pamphlets to study the representation of the experiences at the border. Her project also examines similar documents related to Southern plantations and concentration camps.

Dr. Sandrine Sanos, Associate Professor of Modern European History, is currently in France thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. She is there to research her third book, “The Horror of History: Violence, Exile, and Gender in Cold War France, 1954-1967.” Read more on her research here.

Dr. Claudia Rueda, Assistant Professor of History, will travel to the U.S. National Archives and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. She is exploring the effectiveness of the U.S. Information Agency and Information Service’s attempts to reach out to young people during the Cold War. This research seeks to understand how the U.S. government sought to win the hearts and minds of young Latin Americans and how those youth responded.

“Seeing these books and collections in person is essential to the kind of research our professors are pursuing,” said Dr. Mark Hartlaub, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “These trips are wonderful opportunities for our faculty to connect with research data that is not ordinarily or easily accessible.  I expect this type of travel and research to grow as we continue to encourage faculty to develop such subject matter expertise.”