Robert Train Receives Mayers Fellowship for "Inventing Spanish in Multilingual California"

roberttrain.pngRobert Train (Modern Languages & Literatures) has recently been awarded a 2014-15 Mayers Fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.

This highly competitive and prestigious grant award will allow Train to conduct research on his book project entitled Inventing Spanish in Multilingual California, 1769-1849: Global and local practices of language and education using the Huntington's rare books and archival documents.

Combining a theoretically-grounded perspective with archival sources, Train's project offers an interdisciplinary lens through which to deepen our historical understanding of language and education in early multilingual California.


Focused on Spanish and Mexican Alta California, Inventing Spanish in Multilingual California is also a history of the present as it sheds a critical light on the subsequent construction of Spanish language, Spanish speakers, and Spanish language education in California after statehood in 1850.


Train wishes to publically thank the members of the SSU Faculty Writing Group, directed by Kathy Charmaz, for their thoughtful and incisive feedback that helped make his fellowship proposal successful.

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