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Paloma Martinez-Cruz receives Dissinger faculty scholarship

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During the May 27 faculty meeting, the winner of this year’s Clarence F. Dissinger Award for Faculty Scholarship was awarded to Paloma Martinez-Cruz, assistant professor of Spanish. The award recognizes Martinez-Cruz for her newly titled manuscript, “From East L.A. to Anahuac: Women and Knowledge in Mesoamerica,” published by the University of Arizona Press and due in October. Her book has received glowing reviews. One reviewer wrote, “This manuscript’s significance cannot be overstated because it stands as an innovative contribution to multiple disciplines: … women’s studies, history, sociology, anthropology, medicine, Native American studies and so forth. This is a model interdisciplinary project that elegantly engages and challenges dominant social structures and their allied research paradigms. The author’s literary style is excellent and captivating, clear, self-ironic and piercing.”