Notre Dame Research announces Kobayashi Travel Fund awardees

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Six University of Notre Dame faculty members have been awarded grants from the Francis M. Kobayashi Travel Fund (KTF) program. The KTF was created to provide funding for the initiation of new research by subsidizing travel expenses incurred in the acquisition, analysis and development of data, and/or the consulting of primary materials, collections, or other research resources at off-campus sites.

12Associate Vice President Hildegund Müller

In describing the importance of this program, Hildegund Müller, Associate Vice President for Research and Associate Professor of Classics, said, “Travel funding is an essential part of the research support provided by Notre Dame Research. Through funded travel, faculty members are able to consult relevant source materials and visit off-campus locations for their research and scholarship, or expose themselves to stimulating influences for their creative endeavors. Since travel opportunities sometimes present themselves at short notice, Notre Dame Research will open a second round of applications for this grant competition in December.”

The grant awardees for this round are:

  • Mike Amezcua, assistant professor of history, for travel to Boston, Massachusetts for research titled: “Rehabbing the Jungle: Jane Jacobs, Race, and Buildings in the Back of the Yards Neighborhood, 1957-1961.” 
  • James Collins, department chair and professor of film, television, and theatre, for travel to Florence, Italy for his project called: “Tracing the History of Self-Imaging in the Vasari Corridor.”
  • Anne García-Romero, Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Assistant Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre, for travel to New York, New York for research called: “Pedagogy of the Page: New York Theater Studies Research Trip.”
  • Anthony M. Juan, Jr., professor of film, television, and theatre, for travel to Manila, Philippines for his project titled: “RD3RD (Richard the Third): Enabling the Beast, Devising Death.”
  • Elyse Speaks, associate professional specialist of art, art history, and design, for travel to New York, New York for research titled: “Everyday Labors.”
  • Erika Summers-Effler, associate professor of sociology, for travel to Albany, Georgia for her project called: “When Mobilization is not Enough: Confusion and Diffusion in the Albany Movement.”

The second round of the KTF program will open on Monday, December 4, 2017. For more information, including how to apply for the next competition, please visit or contact Hildegund Müller

Notre Dame Research’s Internal Grants Program supports faculty researchers and programs with the goal of advancing the University’s research enterprise. For more information on research funding opportunities, including the Internal Grants Program, please see


Brandi Klingerman / Communications Specialist 

Notre Dame Research / University of Notre Dame / 574.631.8183 / @UNDResearch

About Notre Dame Research:

The University of Notre Dame is a private research and teaching university inspired by its Catholic mission. Located in South Bend, Indiana, its researchers are advancing human understanding through research, scholarship, education, and creative endeavor in order to be a repository for knowledge and a powerful means for doing good in the world. For more information, please see or @UNDResearch.