Wakild receives NEH grant to study Mexican parks

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History professor Emily Wakild is passionate about Mexican parks. She has spent more than a decade researching and writing about the legacy of the Mexican Revolution in the early- to late-1900s, a period in which government planners created a system of national parks to achieve both social goals and environmental conservation.

Wakild, an assistant professor of history, sees lessons in those parks that can help modern planners balance environmental preservation with human needs. Mexican parks are “examples of a revolutionary government that tried to organize its social policies in tandem with its environmental policies,” she said.

Her work has earned her a $6,000 stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She will use the stipend to complete a book titled “An Unexpected Environment: National Park Creation, Resource Custodianship, and the Mexican Revolution.”

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