Clements Center for Southwest Studies

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Established in fall 1996, SMU's Clements Center for Southwest Studies promotes research, publishing, teaching, and public programming in a variety of fields of inquiry related to the American Southwest.

Operating as usual


Celebrating another great cohort of fellows: Khalil Johnson, Jennifer Holland, Laura Hooton, Ruth Ann Elmore, Andy Graybill, Max Flomen, Neil

Standing Up for All Texans’ Stories 05/02/2024

The new Alliance for Texas History met last week for the first time with shout outs to former Clements fellows Gregg Cantrell, Uzma Quraishi, Joaquin Rivaya Martinez, and Sam Haynes.

Standing Up for All Texans’ Stories The new Alliance for Texas History calls for working everyone’s stories “into the fabric of Texas history.”

Photos from Clements Center for Southwest Studies's post 04/28/2024

A great weekend with great colleagues talking about Contested Commemorations and hosted by the Autry Museum. We visited Griffith Observatory, held a public panel at the museum, and saw a little baseball.


Congratulations to former Clements fellow Sam Haynes!

Center director Sam Haynes received UTA's Distinguished Record of Research Award from President Jennifer Cowley at Tuesday's spring faculty meeting. Congratulations, Dr. Haynes!

Contested Commemorations | Reckoning with Monuments and Memorials 04/22/2024

Come join us this Saturday at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles for “Contested Commemorations: Reckoning with Monuments and Memorials.” A great line up of presenters! For more information please see

Contested Commemorations | Reckoning with Monuments and Memorials Monuments and memorials—the statues, plaques, markers and place names that commemorate people and events—are how a country tells and teaches its story.

OAH | 2024 Conference on American History 04/08/2024

The Clements Center for Southwest Studies will be attending the OAH this week in New Orleans. Come say hello at the booth in the exhibition area!

OAH | 2024 Conference on American History Public Dialogue, Relevance, and Change:Being in Service to Communities and the Nation The 2024 OAH Conference on American History Thursday, April 11 to Sunday, April 14New Orleans Marriott The current cascade of crises—viral, racial, economic, political, constitutional and environmental—shape an...

Announcing the Clements Center Research Fellows 04/05/2024

The Clements Center for Southwest Studies is pleased to announce its fellowship cohort for 2024-25. To learn more about our incoming fellows and our fellowships, please see

Announcing the Clements Center Research Fellows Clements Center Research Fellowships provide senior or junior scholars with an essential element for producing successful books, and that is time.  We are pleased to announce our fellows for 2024-25. ANDREW BUSCH Clements Senior Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America PhD, History, University ...


You are invited to SMU's Honors Program Gartner Lecture series on April 11, 2024 at 6 pm in The Texana Room of SMU's SMU Fondren Library. Dina Gilio-Whitaker's lecture will be based on her book_As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock_ (Beacon, 2019). No registration necessary. For more info, email [email protected].


Clements Fellow Juliana Barr!

The Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico is pleased to announce the 2024 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture in Western History and Culture, which will take place Thursday, March 28, 2024, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in UNM Student Union Building, Ballroom C.

The lecture will be given by Dr. Juliana Barr, Associate Professor of History at Duke University. Barr’s research explores the dynamics of Native-European relations in North America, especially as they relate to questions of gender, political economy, and Native sovereignty. She is the author of Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands (2007), and co-editor of Contested Spaces of Early America (2014) and Why You Can’t Teach U.S. History without American Indians (2015). She is currently completing a book entitled La Dama Azul: Native Stories of Colonialism.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public with a reception to follow, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the SUB Navajo Lounge.

For more information about the 2024 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture, or other events sponsored by the Center for the Southwest, email us at [email protected].

Unite and Be Free: The Formation of a Multiracial Coalition Against Police Violence in Dallas 03/14/2024

Join our friends at UTDallas when they host Clements fellow Katherine Bynum on March 21. For more information see

Unite and Be Free: The Formation of a Multiracial Coalition Against Police Violence in Dallas Dr. Bynum's lecture focuses on Dallas history after 1973, specifically the multiracial coalition that sought accountability and reform in response to several police-involved shootings. The most high-profile case motivating this coalition was the July 24, 1973 murder of a child named Santos Rodriguez...


Our friends at UT-Arlington are having a one-day symposium on March 22. For more information or to register, see

Alliance for Texas History 03/05/2024

Check out the new Alliance for Texas History at

Alliance for Texas History We Support the Mission of the ATxH Click arrows for more Light Cummins Sonia Hernandez Frank de la Teja Rebecca Sharpless Gregg Cantrell Bobby Cervantes Brandice Nelson Walter Buenger Amanda Tovar Carlos Kevin Blanton Gary L. Pinkerton Deborah Liles Benjamin H. Johnson Leah LaGrone Scott Sosebee Vic...


Clements fellow Priscilla Solis Ybarra will give two talks in San Antonio this weekend.


The Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute and Native American Studies at SMU Research Cluster invite you to the next event in the DCII's 2023-2024 Big Challenge Series on Climate Resilience—a screening of the film "Inhabitants" followed by a conversation with Dr. Christopher Roos, SMU Anthropology.
"Inhabitants" follows five Native American Tribes across deserts, coastlines, forests, and prairies as they restore their traditional land management practices. For millennia Native Americans successfully stewarded and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have disrupted their ability to maintain traditional land management practices. From deserts, coastlines, forests, mountains, and prairies, Native communities are restoring their ancient relationship with the land. As the climate crisis escalates, these time-tested practices of North America's original inhabitants are becoming increasingly essential in a rapidly changing world.
There will be a short reception with food and drink at 6:00pm, followed by the film screening and conversation at 6:30pm.
Register Here:

Photos from UTA Center for Southwestern Studies's post 02/17/2024
Indigenous Borderlands: 01/23/2024

Join our friends at Texas State University's Center for the Study of the Southwest at a lecture featuring Erick Langer, and former fellows Cynthia Radding, and Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez. See

Indigenous Borderlands: Dr. Cynthia Radding | The University of North CarolinaDr. Erick D. Langer | Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Georgetown University Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez | Texas State University 

Fellowships 12/12/2023

Don't forget! Fellowship applications are due January 28, 2024!

Fellowships The William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies welcomes applications for its four residential research fellowships, which provide junior and senior scholars with an essential element for producing successful books: time. As Pauline Yu, former President of the American Council of Learned Societ...

Assistant Professor: History 11/30/2023

Our friends up in Denton have posted a job of interest to our Facebook colleagues. Please share!

Assistant Professor: History The Department of History at the University of North Texas invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of Texas and/ or Texas and Southwest borderlands to begin Fall 2024.Responsibilities will include pursuing a research agenda appropriate for an R1 institution, te...

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