UArizona graduate students awarded $95,000 for border-engaged research

Jan. 15, 2021

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The U.S.-Mexico border wall at Nogales, AZ
Photo credit: Christian Ruvalcaba

Confluencenter launched the Fronteridades intitiative in 2019, with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This multi-program arts and humanities initiative aims to shift public narratives of the U.S.-Mexico border, drawing from the real human experiences of border residents. This year's cohort of Confluencenter Graduate Fellows supports Fronteridades in their commitment to deepening our understanding of the border through creative and community-engaged scholarship, led by UArizona graduate students.

Graduate student awardees represent diverse disciplines, including Geography, Journalism, Art, Music, Education, Anthropology, Spanish & Portuguese, Mexican American Studies, and Latin American Studies. Consequently, this research spans diverse methodologies, from ethnographic interview research to critical archive research, collaborative dance testimonies, and binational co-created music composition. Final products will include films, scholarly journal articles, gallery shows, conference presentations and a public website of personal stories.

Congratulations to our 2021 Mellon-Fronteridades Graduate Fellows! See the full list of awardees and project descriptions on our website.