October 2, 2006
History professor Lisbeth Haas awarded grants
By Scott Rappaport
Associate professor of history Lisbeth Haas has been
awarded two research grants for this coming academic year. She
received $3,000 from a University of Houston-based grant program
titled Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Project,"
to facilitate research on her book-in-progress titled "Indigenous
Histories of Colonial and Mexican California." Haas will use
the funds to travel to an archive in Bologna, Italy, to study
a 19th-century manuscript and then to southern California to
work with native Luiseños and a linguist on their interpretation
of the manuscript.
She also received a $1,500 seed grant from UC MEXUS to work
on a project titled Across Borders: Transnational Economies
and Regional Histories in the Americas. Haas will examine
the 20th-century histories of regions of the United States and
Mexico deeply affected by globalization. Her work will focus
on places such as Independence, Galax, Hillsville, and Friis
in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia that had
highly populated towns with factories that specialized in textiles,
furniture, and mining for much of the 20th century.