Notable Achievements

Every year, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry awards Sam Taylor Fellowships to full-time faculty members at United Methodist–affiliated colleges and universities in Texas. This year, eight Southwestern University faculty members won grants up to $2,000:

  • Associate Professor of French Aaron Prevots, “Esther Tellermann: Enigma, Prayer, Identity”
  • Associate Professor of Spanish María de los Ángeles Rodriguez Cadena, “Cultural Memory and Historical Fiction: Women of the Past on Television and Film by Four Contemporary Mexican Women Directors”
  • Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony, “The Social Welfare of Human Behavior in Doodle Polls”
  • Associate Professor of Psychology Bryan Neighbors, “Central Texas Treatment Center Aftercare Assessment”
  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth , “Minimalism and Restraint”
  • Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci, “Poverty: Understanding the Long-Term Effects of Poverty Using an Animal Model”
  • Assistant Professor of History Joseph Hower, “The Life and Career of Author–Activist Ralph de Toledano”
  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Valerie Renegar, “Contemporary Modes of Parenting: Disrupting the Representation of Stepmothers in Popular Culture”

Learn more about this prestigious grant here.

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Expertise

Contemporary Mexican and Latin American Literature and Culture, Cultural memory, Cultural complexes, Interdisciplinary approaches to historical fiction in literature, film and television, Mexican television and film female directors, Feminist Studies, Race and Ethnicity Studies, Nature and Culture, Environmental Humanities.

Ph. D. University of Michigan.

M.A. Ohio University. International Affairs, Latin American Studies concentration.

M.A. Ohio University. Spanish Language and Literature.            

B.A. University of Veracruz, Mexico. English Language and Literature.

  • Ph. D. University of Michigan.

    M.A. Ohio University. International Affairs, Latin American Studies concentration.

    M.A. Ohio University. Spanish Language and Literature.            

    B.A. University of Veracruz, Mexico. English Language and Literature.

  • Cultural memory. Cultural complexes. Interdisciplinary approaches to historical fiction in literature, film and television. Written and audiovisual composition of narratives. Mexican television and film female directors. Feminist Studies. Race and Ethnicity Studies. Nature and Culture. 

  • More recent publications

    Book

    La ficción histórica en la televisión iberoamericana 2000-2012. Construcciones del pasado colectivo en series, telenovelas y telefilms. María de los Ángeles Rodríguez Cadena, editor.  Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2016. 230 pp.

    Book chapters

    “Heroínas de la Revolución Mexicana y la construcción de la memoria cultural en el cuento histórico contemporáneo” in Representaciones en la cultura visual y las letras acerca de la Revolución Mexicana y la Guerra Cristera, Ute Seydel, Editor. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México/Bonilla Artigas, 2018, pp 243-267.

    “Memoria cultural y la construcción audiovisual del pasado: las heroínas de la Independencia de México en la serie televisiva Gritos de muerte y libertad ” in La ficción histórica en la televisión Iberoamericana 2000-2012. Ángeles Rodríguez Cadena, editor. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2016, pp 177-212.

    “Relajo and melodrama in the fictional portrayal of the Mexican Independence of 1810” in (Re) Collecting the past. History and Collective Memory in Latin American Narrative. Victoria Carpenter, editor. Bern: Peter Lang, 2010, pp 89-110.

    Articles in academic journals

    “El drama humano en la historia nacional. El pasado colectivo y la telenovela histórica mexicana”.  Matices Zeitschrift zu Lateinamerika, Spanien und Portugal. No. 83/ 3, 37-39. 2015 Köln, Germany.

     “El pasado nacional como narrativa de ficción o la Historia es una telenovela”. The  Journal of Mexican Studies. University of California Center for US-Mexican Studies and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Vol 30-1, Winter 2014, pp 180-211.

    “La novela Los pasos de López y el relajo literario en la independencia de México de 1810”. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. BHS, 85 (2008): 695-716

    “Contemporary (Hi)stories of Mexico: Fictional Re-creation of Collective Past on Television”.  Film and History. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies.  34.1 (2004): 49-55

  • More recent presentations

    Conference presentations

    “Cultural memory and the optical unconscious: women of the past in historical audiovisual texts by women directors in Latin America”. 42nd IIES International Academic conference. Social Sciences and the Humanities, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy, September 10-13, 2018.

    “Memoria cultural y una heroína de la Independencia de 1810: Gertrudis Bocanegra en la literatura y el cine”. XXI Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos, Quito, Ecuador, March 7-9, 2018.

    “La ficción histórica en la televisión mexicana y otra forma de ver el pasado: las heroínas de la Independencia en cámara lenta”. Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Conference at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, June 3-4, 2017.

    “Memoria cultural y la construcción audiovisual del pasado: las heroínas de la Independencia de México en la serie de televisión Gritos de muerte y libertad”.  Audiovisual Representations of the Past. The Construction of Historical Narrative and Identity through Cinema and Television in Mexico and Ibero-America. Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, University of Guadalajara, and IAMHIST (International Association of Media and History). Mexico City. March 24, 2017.

    “Heroínas  de la Revolución Mexicana y la construcción de la memoria cultural  en el cuento histórico contemporáneo Mamá Cuca, y Antonieta y sus dos cuentos”.  XVII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica, Mérida, México, March 9-11, 2016.

    “Cultural memory and the fictional portrayal of the Latin American past on television”.  International Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences Research, July 24-28, 2012. Paris, France.


In the News

  • Eight Southwestern Faculty Members Awarded Prestigious Grants from the 2019 Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund

    The competitive funding will allow SU faculty to pursue various research projects.