2014-15 Predoctoral Fellow
Blanca Rincon was El Instituto’s 2014-15 Pre-Doctoral Fellow. While at UConn she completed her PhD in Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her focus was in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, with a specialization in Evaluation. Her graduate minor was in Latina/o Studies. The title of her disseration was “Creating a Climate for Success: Does Critical Mass Matter for Undergraduate Latino STEM Retention?” In August 2015 she joins UConn’s Neag School of Education as Assistant Professor.
2013-14 Predoctoral Fellow
Melissa Huerta was El Instituto’s 2013-14 Pre-Doctoral Fellow. While at UConn she completed her PhD in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation examined the role of Latina feminism and Latinidad in the development, evolution, and practice of Teatro Luna; Chicago’s only all-Latina theatre ensemble. Melissa hails from Milwaukee, WI and completed her B.A. at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and her M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature at Marquette University.
In August 2014 Melissa joined Dennison University’s Department of Modern Languages as Assistant Professor.
About the Program
The Pre-doctoral In-Residence Fellowship Program ran in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years with the purpose of advancing diversity in higher education. This program supported scholars from other universities while they completed their dissertation or post-MFA study for the term of an academic year. Fellows had access to outstanding resources, faculty expertise, mentoring and other professional development opportunities. The Asian American Studies Institute, Institute for African American Studies, El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, and the Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Program each hosted one fellow in-residence in 2013-14 and El Instituto and Asian and Asian American Studies each hosted one fellow in-residence in 2014-15 for a total of six fellowships awarded. The faculty in the host institutes held joint-appointments in three different schools at the University: The Neag School of Education, School of Fine Arts, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and all fellows were appointed jointly between an institute and one of these Schools and College.