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I come from a Mexican American working class background. I was a first-generation college student. When I entered my PhD program, I knew I would need research support beyond the 5 years of funding I was guaranteed. The ACLS Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellowship in Music Studies provided me the time off from teaching to complete my book first book, as well as to begin research on a second book project.


Cesar D. Favila F’22
ACLS Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellow in Music Studies

Assistant Professor of Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles

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