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February 15, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- John Richard Chavez, professor of history and director of Ethnic Studies at Southern Methodist University, has been named a 2000-2001 Fulbright Scholar.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Chavez is currently teaching U.S. history at the University of Granada in Spain. He also will give lectures at other universities in Spain and Italy while working on his research. He is currently working on a book that examines the comparative history of ethnic regions in the Atlantic. Chavez will remain in Spain until the end of June.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Grants are made to citizens of participating countries, primarily for university teaching, advanced research, graduate study, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Chavez received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and did his undergraduate work at California State University in Los Angeles. Before coming to SMU, he taught at several other institutions including the University of Michigan and Texas A&M University.

The focus of his research and teaching is Mexican-American History. He is the author of two books: The Lost Land: The Chicano Image of the Southwest and Eastside Landmark: A History of the East Los Angeles Community Union.

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