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September 2006

Release Date: September 25, 2006

Fulbright Award Allows ASU History Prof to Study Mexican Revolution

John E. Klingemann, an assistant professor of history at Angelo State University, has been awarded a Garcia-Robles Fulbright Fellowship to research the Mexican Revolution and document how defeated revolutionaries reintegrated themselves into society and became active citizens.

A Latin American history scholar in his first year on the ASU faculty, Klingemann will divide his time between archives in the State of Chihuahua, State of Durango and Mexico City. Klingemann, who grew up in the Big Bend region as the son of a Mexican mother and a father of German descent, learned early of the Mexican Revolution through stories of his maternal grandfather who was a Villista. Once the combative phase of the revolution had concluded, his grandfather continued his military service as an officer in the Mexican Army until retiring in 1955.

Klingemann is one of two ASU faculty members to receive a Fulbright award this academic year. Dr. Steve Reames of management earned a Fulbright to study in Russia during 2006-07.

Klingemman's Fulbright-sponsored research will examine the 1876-1940 period to demonstrate how citizens got involved in the revolution, how they emerged from that revolution and how they reincorporated themselves into society.

"My grandfather was a Villista, who passed away before I was born, Klingemann said. I became interested in his life and in the history of the revolution. When I got to the university level I began to understand a lot more about historical processes. Then it just became a passion for me."

Klingemann, who had to ride a school bus 80 miles each way to attend Alpine High School from Terlingua, holds both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Sul Ross State University (SRSU). His current research will help him finish his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in Latin American and U.S. history.

In addition to his teaching experience at Sul Ross and the University of Arizona, Klingemann has served in a variety of curatorial and archival capacities with SRSU's Museum of the Big Bend and the Center for Big Bend Studies.

The Fulbright program, established in 1946, awarded approximately 800 scholarships to scholars and professionals for this academic year. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with the goal of building mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries. Recipients of the Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and demonstration of extraordinary leadership potential in their fields. This year 16 Garcia-Robles Fulbright Fellowships were awarded to scholars and researchers focusing on Mexico.

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