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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Cecilia Balli, 2002

Senior features reporter, Houston Chronicle

Cecilia Balli is the child of immigrants from Mexico

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Anthropology at Rice University

Cecilia is a senior features reporter at the Houston Chronicle and a writer-at-large at Texas Monthly. You can find her recent work for Texas Monthly here. Previously, she was an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Born in the United States to parents from Mexico, she grew up in Brownsville, Texas.

Cecilia received her PhD in anthropology at Rice University. Completing her undergraduate degree at Stanford University in American Studies and Spanish, her honors thesis received the golden medal for excellence in the humanities and creative arts.

After graduation, Cecilia served as a staff writer for the San Antonio Express-News and now is a contributor to Texas Monthly and Harper's magazines. She was a Ford Foundation fellow and a National Science Foundation fellow, and her research and writing focuses on culture and violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Her Letter from Juarez: Calderon's War appeared in a recent issue of Harpers.

Cecilia's current research is a book focusing on border enforcement policies and their meaning for local communities.

Work History
  • Houston Chronicle, Senior features reporter | July 2017
  • Freelance, Writer