Northern professor Dr. Patricia Trujillo, fondly referred to by students as ‘Dr. T’, was recently awarded the Frances C. Allen Fellowship at The Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. Established in 1887, The Newberry Library is one of the nation’s oldest independent research libraries in the humanities. Dr. Trujillo’s application was chosen out of 200 applicants for the competitive fellowship.
“I’m really looking forward to time well spent at the Newberry this summer,” said Dr. Trujillo, who will be in residence at the Newberry for the month of July.
During her time at the Newberry, Dr. Trujillo plans to work on an independent research project entitled Between Fact and Fiction: Locating Genizara Identity in Lorraine Lopez’s ‘The Gifted Galbadón Sisters’ and ‘Women's Tales from the New Mexico WPA: La Diabla a Pie.’ This work will be published as a chapter in the forthcoming University of Oklahoma Press anthology Genizaro Nation: Emergence, Sense of Place and Identity in New Mexico edited by Moises Gonzales.
"This is an important chapter that explores how New Mexican women writers are re-imagining the historic literary landscape of northern New Mexico," said Dr. Trujillo. “And having access to the archives and resources, as well as working alongside other humanities scholars at the Newberry, will be very inspiring.”
Northern’s Chair of Humanities, Social Sciences, Language and Letters, Lori Franklin, believes Dr. Trujillo’s fellowship at the Newberry will also be inspiring for students. “This kind of opportunity for our faculty is inspiring to students, and stimulates the intellectual spirit and environment of the department.”
Dr. Trujillo is an Associate Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies at Northern and also the Director of Equity and Diversity for the campus. She is also active in her field as the recently named Creative Writing Editor for Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (University of Arizona Press) and is on the Board of Advisors for NMWomen.org, part of the Santa Fe based New Mexico Community Foundation.