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Chaz Yingling

Chaz Yingling in Seville, Spain

Chaz Yingling in Seville, Spain

How has a second year PhD student in history already published in English, in Spanish, in books, and in journals? Ask Chaz Yingling.

A Latin American and Caribbean, Atlantic World, and African Diaspora history scholar, Chaz came to USC as a 2011 Presidential Fellow.

Archival Research

This summer, Chaz undertook dissertation research in Seville, Spain with research grants from

Chaz's most recent article, "'Una página de la historia del Caribe que no tiene paralelo': Juan Bosch y el desarrollo de la nación dominicana en el exilio," appears in the Fall 2012 issue of Sociales (República Dominicana).

The Graduate School met up with Chaz to ask him a few questions on writing for publication and life at USC.

You have an impressive range of publications. How were you able to accomplish this so early in your career?

What has been critical to me is having mentors in my department who are willing to give their time and energy to critique the empirical weight and analytical value of what I have tried to put together.

Generally speaking, sometimes when students get feedback they don’t know where to start with it or perhaps are unwilling to adjust. But part of the process of refinement and professionalization is opening yourself up to criticism and sometimes actually failing to meet the mark on early attempts. How you respond to this is what can determine eventual achievement. You have to realize that nothing you ever do will be perfect or beyond further critique. You can hide your work on a hard drive forever or push on to adapt, revise, and contribute to your field in journals or elsewhere.

Higher education is becoming more and more interdisciplinary, something your work exemplifies. How has your multi-disciplinary background enhanced your methodology?

My background has allowed me to draw from a wider range of analytical tools, including insights offered by anthropology, literature, or political economy. For instance, in an essay I published with the Early American Studies, I applied the work of two sociologists working on racial formation in the mid-20thCentury United States to an early 19th Century Atlantic World cultural framework.

What drew you to the University of South Carolina?

The faculty here are open, welcoming, and exceptionally supportive. I really like my fellow graduate students and the sense of community at USC.  These factors have definitely contributed to my productivity and overall happiness.