The Latina/o Studies Program congratulates Kavitha Iyengar, one of the recipients of the American Culture Undergraduate Writing Awards awarded by the Undergraduate Committee of the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan.
Taking us beyond the contemporary, American Culture major and honors student Kavitha Iyengar delivered a history paper entitled "The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: Creating the Mexican-American Frontier." Kavitha assessed the shifting circumstances that Mexicans and Mexican Americans faced in New Mexico during the nineteenth century. Kavitha drew together a complimentary set of primary and secondary sources from 1850, 1870, and 1880 to think through the changing terms and meanings of U.S. citizenship. Her paper presented a fresh outlook she had on the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in both its English and Spanish translations. All of this suggests that Kavitha is poised to become a brilliant historian and Latina/o Studies scholar.
Congratulations to Kavitha and fellow recipient Carlina Duan! They represent the amazing talent of all the Department of American Culture's undergraduate students and the ongoing mission of the department to produce critically engaged scholarship.