As part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, the Houston Endowment funded the Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Southwestern Studies. The Jones Professor of Southwestern Studies team-teaches the Southwestern Studies courses with the faculty of the Center for the Study of the Southwest, helps organize and present symposia, and assists the Center with other regional projects related to the professor's discipline.
Dr. Geneva Gano received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California-Los Angeles in 2007 and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Bill Lane Center for the American West from 2007 to 2008. Before joining the Department of English at Texas State University in 2015, Dr. Gano also taught at Indiana University and Antioch College. She is the author of numerous scholarly journal articles, chapters, book reviews, and papers presented at national and international meetings. Among her works in progress is a book, U.S. Modernism at Continent’s End: Carmel, Provincetown, Santa Fe.
During her three-year appointment, Dr. Gano will convene a symposium on the influences of the Mexican Revolution on the development of U.S. modernism across the arts and a lecture series on women writers in the greater Southwest. In conjunction with The Wittliff Collections, Dr. Gano will help to establish further research on Chicana author Sandra Cisneros’ relationship to San Antonio and Texas. She is also developing a study-in-America program that will take graduate and undergraduate students to Santa Fe and Taos to further their studies in the history and culture of New Mexico.