Travel Grant Recipients 2017-2018

Jose Luis Nogales Baena

My trip to Mexico City was great. Thanks to the grant, I had the opportunity to do research in the National Library and enjoy this amazing city.  I also delivered a paper in the I Congreso Internacional de Literatura Mexicana Siglos XIX y XX in the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and, perhaps what was most emotional for me, I could participate in one of the round tables that took place in Mexico from May to July as a tribute to the writer Sergio Pitol, who passed away recently, in April 12, 2018.




Masha Vernik

I lived in Santa Rita, a Kichwa village in Ecuador, for 2 months, where I taught English at the elementary school, participated in community tourism, and worked on my host family’s chakra (a traditional, subsistence agroforestry farm), among other daily activities. I conducted research on how chakras are being impacted by cacao, the predominant cash crop, and the involvement of external organizations. Here is a picture of my host family who kindly opened their house and hearts to me. For more details check out my blog at! – Masha Vernik



Cecillia Weddell

I am working on a critical, bilingual edition of the Mexican woman-of-letters Rosario Castellanos’s newspaper writings. In January, a Latin American Studies Travel grant made it possible for me to visit Mexico City and make connections with scholars at UNAM and the national library and newspaper archive, former editors of Castellanos’s work, and her son; these connections are crucial to the completion of my edition. The January trip led me to a longer research stay in Mexico this summer and fall (under a Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship).



Ian Coss

The LASP travel grant supported fieldwork for my dissertation on Haitian radio broadcasting, which included two separate trips to Haiti in 2018. The first, in February, focused on Carnival celebrations in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, and how one of the country’s leading broadcasters uses a range of digital media platforms to convey the occasion to a national, and increasingly international audience. The second trip, to the northern city of Cap Haïtien, focused on more traditional techniques for broadcasting music on the airwaves. During this trip, I had the opportunity to observe the workings of Radio Venus, one of the city’s most popular stations, and also to meet regular listeners of the station to learn how the radio programming interacts with their daily lives.