Lucinda Grinnell, a University of New Mexico doctoral candidate in history, was awarded a 2012-13 American Fellowship by the American Association of University Women.
AAUW American Fellowships are given to highly qualified women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.
"I did not expect to win this award. I am honored to receive it because so many wonderful scholars apply for it and it is very competitive," Grinnell said. "The award will allow me to complete my dissertation in the coming year and will help me advance my career afterward."
Grinnell's dissertation, "Lesbianas Presente: Lesbian Activism, Transnational Alliances, and the State in Mexico City, 1968–1991" examines the emergence of lesbian movements between 1968 and 1991 in Mexico City within the context of the Cold War and the onset of economic neo-liberalism. She received her M.A. in Latin American Studies from UNM in 2006 and her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 2000.
"The funding we provide to the AAUW American Fellows affords them the ability to become leading thinkers in their fields. It's also a recognition of their great potential because they are receiving support from one of the nation's most respected women's organizations," said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW director of fellowships, grants and international programs.
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