Julie Williams, a Ph.D. candidate in English, with a concentration in American Literary Studies, has received the Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship.

Williams received a bachelor's in political science and a bachelor's in English from the University of Montana, and a master's in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work focuses on 19th and 20th century Western American literature, ecocriticism and atomic culture.

Academic research she will conduct in connection to the CRS Torres Fellowship focuses on the competing values and systems of power evident in interactions between local Latino, Native American and Anglo New Mexicans and the military and scientific institutions that participated in the development of Los Alamos. Her investigation will focus on how capitalism and empire work in the era of globalization and how atomic weapons and atomic energy influence both local and global politics and economies. She will conduct research at the Los Alamos Historical Society Archives to gain a greater understanding of the history of the Los Alamos community, its military and scientific institutions, and the role that atomic production has played in the literature and culture of New Mexico and the greater southwest.

The Hector Torres Fellowship, a $10,000-$15,000 stipend, was inaugurated by the University of New Mexico's Center for Regional Studies in memory of the English Department's slain colleague, Dr. Hector Torres.

The Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship supports graduate research and scholarship in the English Department directly related to the late Dr. Hector Torres' fields, as well as the mission of the Center for Regional Studies. Areas include Chicano/a literary and cultural studies; theory (i.e. Marxism; post-structuralism; deconstruction; psychoanalysis; and globalization); film studies; and scholarship related to the mission of the CRS, including history, archival research, literature and other interdisciplinary fields related to New Mexico, the US-Mexico borderlands and the greater Southwest.

Media contact: Carolyn Gonzales, 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu