Associate Professor Diego von Vacano is one of seven faculty members at Texas A&M University who were named Arts & Humanities Fellows for 2017. Each fellowship includes a three-year grant of $15,000 to support a scholarly or creative project. Diego von Vacano, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, concentrates his research interests on political theory, political philosophy, the history of political thought, comparative political theory, and Hispanic/Latin American thought.
The Arts & Humanities Fellows Program is designed to stimulate interactions among scholarly and artistic faculty on our campus, across the nation and around the world while also recognizing extraordinary scholarship and creativity. This program creates a supportive environment for these faculty members so they may advance their work while they build, strengthen and sustain long-term relationships outside their chosen disciplines.
A peer-review panel selected each recipient based on merit and originality, professional qualifications, clarity, benefit to the public and the quality of the overall presentation. Fellowship applications were open to all Texas A&M faculty who engage in scholarship in the humanities or in creative work in the arts.
Additionally, Dr von Vacano has received a Presidential Fellowship to be an Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University for 2017-2018. Visiting Presidential Professors are appointed as part of the Initiative for Faculty Excellence and Diversity. Approximately 10 exceptional scholars and practitioners who contribute to inclusive excellence are appointed each year during the initiative.