Four faculty receive inaugural grants from Comparative Border Studies

Four ASU faculty members have won inaugural research grants from Comparative Border Studies (CBS), a research initiative within the School of Transborder Studies. The grant period is July 2012 to June 2013.

The recipients and their research topics are:

• Daniel Arreola, professor, School of Geographical Science & Urban Planning, “Picturing the Past through Popular Media: Photographic Postcard Views of Sonora Mexican Border Towns, 1900s-1950s.”

• Elizabeth Sumida Huaman, assistant professor, School of Social Transformation, “Reclaiming the Place of Learning: A Comparative Study of Multilevel Indigenous Schools in the Americas.”

• Luis Plascencia, assistant professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences, “Borders of Preemption: Medical Deportations in Arizona.”

• Susan Gray, associate professor, School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies, “Border Stories Lived and Written: Francis Assikinack, Andrew J. Blackbird, and Odawa History.”

The grant recipients will receive $5,000 each, and they are asked to participate in future Comparative Border Studies colloquia series as attendees and presenters.

"The grant funds will be used to support their research on topics that will extend our knowledge about United States’ southern and northern borders,” said Matthew J. Garcia, director of CBS and professor of transborder studies and history at ASU.

“The cutting-edge work of our grant recipients represents the very best scholarship on border studies now being produced by Arizona State University faculty. They will present their findings at the colloquia series in 2012-2013, and welcome the ASU community and public to attend.”

For more information on the grants and CBS, contact Cantú at (480) 727-7583 or