Three SMU history scholars receive 2013-14 book prizes

Three SMU history scholars recently won prestigious awards for books honed during their time at the University.

“These recognitions confirm that the Clements Department of History – through its graduate program and research institute ­– continues to lead the way in producing first-rate scholarship on Texas, the American Southwest, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands,” says Andrew Graybill, associate professor and director of SMU’s William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies.

Raul CoronadoRaúl Coronado’s book A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture (Harvard University Press, 2013) 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. Coronado completed his Ph.D. in modern thought and literature in 2004 at Stanford University. He was a William P. Clements Fellow in 2009-10 and is associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of California-Berkeley.

Jason MellardJason Mellard’s Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture (University of Texas Press, 2013) won the Texas State Historical Association’s 2013 Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for Best Book on Texas History. He completed his Ph.D. in American studies at the University of Texas-Austin in 2009 and was a 2010-11 Clements Fellow. He is currently the assistant director at the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Alicia DeweyPh.D. graduate Alicia Dewey won the Robert A. Calvert Book Prize for the best manuscript on the history of the American South, West or Southwest submitted in 2013 to Texas A&M University Press. Her book, Pesos and Dollars: Entrepreneurs in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1880-1940, is scheduled for publication in summer 2014. Dewey earned her Ph.D in history at SMU in 2007 and is currently an associate professor of history at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Established in fall 1996, the Clements Center in SMU’s Dedman College is internationally known as an incubator for research and writing and an organizer of public programming, all related to the American Southwest.

The center annually provides post-doctoral fellowships for scholars studying the American Southwest and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, allowing them to focus on additional research and to further develop manuscripts, leading to publication by prestigious presses in cooperation with the Center.

Fellowships to emerging and senior scholars have resulted in 38 books published by 17 major university presses. Nine more Clements Center Fellows have publications forthcoming.

Written by Devean Owens ’14

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Calendar Highlights: Feb. 15, 2011

Joshua Cooper RamoTate Series welcomes China expert: Author, journalist and strategic adviser Joshua Cooper Ramo will give the Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture in SMU’s 2010-11 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 in McFarlin Auditorium. Called “one of China’s leading foreign-born scholars” by The World Economic Forum, Ramo served as China analyst for NBC during the 2008 Olympic Games and as the youngest-ever Foreign Editor of TIME magazine. In his 2009 book, The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It, Ramo argues that instead of relying on traditional models and institutions, people and nations must adapt to an age of unprecedented global change with innovative solutions and creative problem-solving. Ramo will answer questions from the SMU community and local high school students during the Tate Lecture Series Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Admission to the Student Forum is free. For more information, call Program Services at 214-768-8283 (214-SMU-TATE).

Dance, dance, revolution: American studies scholar Jason Mellard, a postdoctoral Fellow of SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, will discuss the cultural politics of 1970s Texas in the next Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture. Mellard, the Summerlee Fellow for the Study of Texas History, will present “Bull Chic: Urban Cowboy, Saturday Night Fever, and Seventies Discourses of Region, Class and Gender” at noon Feb. 16 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Mellard examines the narratives of the two popular ’70s films as primers on an American sense of region, and the importance of place, in a moment in which the social mobility preached by both movies came under considerable strain. Bring your lunch. For more information, visit the Clements Center website.