Digital Scholarship Curriculum Design/Redesign Staff Support Grant

The LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Curriculum Design/Redesign Staff Support Grant provides UT faculty & graduate student instructors dedicated staff support by LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship staff and a grant of up to $250 to cover expenses incurred in the design/redesign of a Latin American, U.S. Latinx, and/or African Diaspora Studies course scheduled for Summer 2021-Spring 2022 as a digital scholarship course. 

Call for Spring 2022 course proposals will open in January 2021.


Astrid Runggaldier is the Assistant Director for the Mesoamerica Center and Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Art History Department. She oversees programming of educational, scholarly, and public activities for the Mesoamerica Center at UT Austin and Casa Herrera in Antigua, Guatemala. Dr. Runggaldier is a Mesoamericanist interested in particular in Maya culture and in anthropological approaches to architecture, households, and built environments in the context of the ancient civilizations of the Americas. The LLILAS Benson DS Office will partner with Dr. Runggaldier to redesign her undergraduate course, “Art and Archaeology of Ancient Peru,” planned for Spring 2020.

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Alexandrea “Lexi” Perez Allison is a PhD candidate in the Department of English as well as a graduate portfolio student in the Department of Mexican American & Latina/o Studies. Her work focuses on contemporary U.S. Latina literature and its relationship with materiality, objects, and ephemera. She plans to take the “Digital Humanities + Latinx Studies: Doing Work that Matters” HILT course to learn how to incorporate digital pedagogy into her planned Fall 2019 Mexican-American & Latino Studies course “La Chicana.”