Pomona College Professor of Politics Awarded $195,000 Mellon Foundation Grant
Heather Williams, associate professor of politics at Pomona College, has been awarded the prestigious $195,000 New Directions Fellowship, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant.
With her Mellon Fellowship, Williams will study how villages manage land and water resources in the Lake Titicaca region, divided between Peru and Bolivia. Williams will also examine how individuals, kin networks and municipalities respond to scarcity, and she aims to understand how—and under what circumstances—people are able to sustainably regulate water and land resources. Williams will obtain training in environmental and watershed science to aid in her project.
Williams’ areas of expertise include social movements, global politics of food and agriculture, Latin American politics, and U.S.-Mexican immigration. She is also the coordinator of the Latin American Studies Program at the College.
Mellon New Directions Fellowships, which are given to a maximum of 10 scholars each year, assist faculty members in the humanities and social sciences acquire training outside their own disciplines—permitting excellent scholars to work on problems that interest them most and encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research. Grant winners are given the equivalent of one academic year’s salary; two summers of additional support; and, tuition and other costs associated with the fellows’ training programs.
Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.