Chicano/Latino History

We understand Chicano/Latino history as the study of people of Latin American descent throughout the Americas.  While “Chicano” and “Latino” are constructs born out of social and political struggle in the United States, these categories for us represent people whose lives often cross national boundaries and cultural contexts, creating complex notions of identity, belonging, labor, politics, and place.  Latino experiences in the Americas are also inextricably bound to the human encounters that characterized the emergence of a new Atlantic World in the late 15th century.  We are scholars whose research focuses on the Spanish colonial period, the Latin American national period, modern Latin American history, and Latino history in the United States.  Chicano/Latino histories are not marginal fields.  They represent the growing emphasis on a diversity of people, place, and historical imagination within the academy, and complicate older historical narratives.  With several historians who specialize in Chicana/o history and others who examine the broader, global Latina/o experience, this cluster constitutes one of the few history department spaces that can offer such an ideal, comprehensive lens for studying the group fueling the present and future growth of Texas and the United States.  We welcome inquiries from prospective graduate students on this important topic of study. 

Undergraduate Courses

304, Mexican-American Frontier to 1848

305, Mexican-American History 1848-present

307, Latinos Communities in the U.S.

319, U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity

322, History of the Iberian World

326, History of the Caribbean to Emancipation

327, History of the Caribbean since Emancipation

341, Latin America to 1810

342, Latin America Since 1810

441, History of Mexico, 1821 to Present

481, Senior Seminars

 Graduate Courses

615, Colonial Latin America

617, Latin American National Period

633, The American West

678, Comparative Border Studies: Introduction

679.  Topics in Comparative Border Studies

Faculty Members

Armando C. Alonzo, a native of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, is a Borderlands historian who studies the 18th to the 20th century.  He is a 1991 Indiana University PhD and the author of Tejano Legacy:  Rancheros and Settlers in Texas, 1734-1900 (1998).  He has also authored scholarly articles on social, economic, and cultural aspects of Tejanos and border society.  His present projects include a transnational history of Texas and Northern Mexico, 1848-1942, and a study of Nuevo Santander.  His recent book chapters have been published in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, and Canada.     

Carlos K. Blanton earned his PhD from Rice University in 1999 and arrived at Texas A&M in 2001. He teaches undergraduate surveys of Texas history and U.S. history as well as specialized courses on Latinos and education history.  At the graduate level he teaches courses in U.S. history and Chicana/o History. Blanton has published articles in the Journal of Southern History, Pacific Historical Review, and Western Historical Quarterly and a monograph, The Strange Career of Bilingual Education in Texas, 1836–1981 (2004). His next book is a biography of the Mexican American intellectual and civil rights activist George I. Sanchez. 

Sonia Hernández, a native of the Rio Grande Valley, received the Ph.D from the University of Houston in 2006 and began teaching at Texas A&M University in the Fall of 2014. Dr. Hernandez specializes in the intersections of gender and labor in the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, Chicana/o history, and Modern Mexico.  She has published in Spanish and English; her most recent book, Working Women into the Borderlands (Texas A&M University Press, 2014) received the Sara A. Whaley Book Prize from the National Women's Studies Association. She has a forthcoming chapter on women's labor activism in Northern Mexico's garment industry and is currently working on a book-length monograph on the transnational connections between women from south Texas, Tampico, Buenos Aires, and Barcelona rooted in anarcho-syndicalist ideas that at times complemented, clashed, competed with, or reinforced ideas about women's rights.  

Felipe Hinojosa earned his Ph.D. from the University of Houston in 2009 and began teaching at Texas A&M University that same year. His teaching and research interests include Latina/o history, religion, comparative race and ethnicity, gender, and social movements. He is interested in how Latina/o religious identities have operated within discourses of power and how they have helped shape cultural, political, and faith-informed activism in twentieth century America.  He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Louisville Institute to work on his manuscript titled Quiet Riots: Faith, Activism, and Identity Among Latina/o Mennonites, 1932-1982.