University of Houston Graduate Research Fellows at Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (Recovery) work closely with archival texts, such as periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, albums, correspondence, books, ephemera and other documents. In doing so, they gain valuable experience with archival collections and asset management. The US Latino Digital Humanities Program (USLDH) at Recovery provides training in digital tools and students contribute to digital humanities data and projects.
They have the opportunity to learn the following skills:
- Scanning of archival items
- Microfilm scanning
- Handling and preserving archival texts
- Inventory of primary documents
- Organizing collections
- Creating finding aids
- Curating exhibits
- Database research
- Primary document research
- Asset management
- Data management (with spreadsheets)
- Metadata creation
- Metadata translation
- Familiarity with Library of Congress Subject Headings
- E-book editing and translation (APP Digital)
- Digital archives (Omeka)
- Digital tools (mapping, timelines, digital collections, OpenRefine)
- Archival theory
- Digital humanities theory
- Academic conference presentations
- Academic conference posters
- Planning an academic conference
- Public writing (Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage blog)
- Project management
- Leading workshops/trainings
Partial funding for these positions comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Houston's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) Dean’s Office, Arte Público Press and the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Program.
To learn more about University of Houston Graduate Research Fellowships at Recovery, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet our 2022-2023 Research Fellows
Maribel Bello is a Ph. D. student in the Hispanic Studies Department. Her research interests include emotional migration, Mexican rural men’s oral histories, biodrama studies and emotional methodologies.
Iván Brave is a research and editorial assistant at Arte Público Press, as well as a Ph. D. student in the Hispanic Studies Department. His interests include identity, art and the humanities.
Yanina Hernández is a Ph. D. student in the Hispanic Studies Department. Her research interests include Spanish as a heritage language, Spanish language acquisition, sociolinguistics and the development of OER material for Spanish language courses.
Elías David Navarro is a Ph. D. student in the Hispanic Studies Department with a concentration in creative writing. His research interests include fractal literature and its possibilities for retelling stories that deal with contemporary themes, such as migration in the anthropocene and geological-approach writing (escrituras geológicas).
Perla Ortiz is a master’s student in the Hispanic Studies Department with a concentration in linguistics. They’re interested in translation, specifically in child brokering–how the children are able to maneuver through specialized terminology when translating for their parents.
Camilo Rodríguez is a Ph. D. student in the Department of Hispanic Studies with a concentration in creative writing. His research interests include the literature of the armed conflict and victim testimonies.
Alaíde Ventura Medina is a Ph. D. student in the Hispanic Studies Department with a concentration in creative writing. Her research interests include oral histories, as well as individual and collective memories.