Dr. Linda García Merchant joins Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage as The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in US Latino Digital Humanities. García Merchant will support pedagogy, training, and projects in the Digital Humanities.
In 2019, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded to the University of Houston (UH) a grant to establish a first-of-its-kind US Latino Digital Humanities Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The program will give scholars expanded access to a vast collection of written materials produced by Latinos and archived by the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (“Recovery”) program and UH’s Arte Público Press, the nation’s largest publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by Hispanic authors from the United States.
García Merchant will build on her experience as co-founder of the national digital project, Chicana Por Mi Raza Digital Memory Collective (CPMR) and as an instructor of Digital Humanities.
García Merchant received her PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2020 in English. She has facilitated several recovery initiatives, such as the Somos Latinas Oral History Project and the Chicana Chicago Oral History Project. She is the author of the digital project Chicana Diasporic: A Nomadic Journey of the Activist Exiled.