April 9, 2018 at 12:10 pm

History Ph.D. Student Secures Multiple Grants for Research on Grenada

Heather Salazar, portrait

Heather Salazar

Heather Salazar, doctoral student in the History Department, recently secured a number of research grants both from Ohio University and beyond: an OHIO Original Work Grant, an ABC-Clio Research Award, and a United States Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Research Grant.

Salazar plans to use the funds, totaling $4,250, to advance research on her dissertation, titled “Grenada: From British Colony to American Playground.” Her dissertation explores how the small island of Grenada played a critical role in U.S. Cold War efforts. Salazar is particularly interested in the U.S. invasion of the island in 1983 as well as broader policy trends across the Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan administrations.

Salazar applied for these grants to fund specific research visits to a number of repositories. She will visit the Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, where she will explore documents related to the Carter administration’s responses to the revolution led by Maurice Bishop. Salazar will also spend time at the Marine Corps University History Division in Quantico, Va., and Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlise, Pa., to better understand the military aspects of the 1983 invasion. Furthermore, she will visit the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif, to access 45 boxes of material not previously available to researchers—all relating to Grenada and the U.S. invasion of the island.

Salazar is writing her dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Contemporary History Institute (CHI). Salazar completed doctoral research fields in U.S. military history, U.S. political history, and modern Latina American history.

For more on the History Department’s graduate program, visit the department website.


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