AUSTIN, Texas — The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has selected David Glisch-Sánchez, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, as the 2013 recipient of the Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship. Glisch-Sánchez was awarded $20,000 to complete his dissertation research.
Since its establishment in 1995, the Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship has been awarded to students from The University of Texas at Austin to complete a dissertation on the human experience in crises resulting from natural or other major disasters or, in a broader sense, stress and adversity.
Glisch-Sánchez’s dissertation is titled, “ ‘Listen to what your jotería is saying’: Queer Latin@s Confronting Social Harm, Seeking Justice.” The dissertation is an exploration of the ways lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Latin@s have experienced social harm in the late 20th and early 21st centuries while striving to achieve a relative measure of safety in their daily lives. The crises and adversity that the research participants encounter stem from the social inequalities that continually construct, shape and influence the participants’ lives.
“Glisch-Sánchez’s research will give an innovative look at one of the most at-risk populations in Texas and continue the Moore Fellowship tradition of advancing public understanding of human adversity,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the foundation.
"I am deeply grateful to the Moore family for establishing this fellowship and honored that the Hogg Foundation has awarded me the Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Dissertation Fellowship,” said Glisch-Sánchez. “This recognition is an affirmation not only of my project, but more importantly of the lives and experiences of the Latina/o transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer participants. This fellowship will provide me the time and space needed to develop the project and aid in its completion, with the ultimate goal of deepening our understanding of human experiences in crises."
The dissertation seeks to understand how racism, heteropatriarchy, nationalism and capitalism act as sources of Latin@ LGBTQ experiences of social harm. It will also explore how these sources structure systems that condition the way many are able to testify to their pain and suffering and their desires for justice, safety and healing.
Glisch-Sánchez is specializing in race and ethnicity with a subspecialization in gender, sexuality and violence. He received his undergraduate degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and his master’s degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, with a specialization in social welfare and civil rights policy.
The Hogg Foundation advances recovery and wellness in Texas by funding mental health services, policy analysis, research and public education. The foundation was created in 1940 by the children of former Texas Gov. James S. Hogg and is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.