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 and the Liz Carpenter Award from the Texas State Historical Association. Dr. Hernandez is currently working on a book-length monograph on the transnational connections between women from south Texas, Tampico, 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.
Sarah McNamara earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in Latina/o, women and gender, immigration and labor, and oral history. McNamara is at work on her first book, tentatively titled, “From Picket Lines to Picket Fences: Latinas and the Remaking of the Jim Crow South.” Her manuscript traces the transformation of Latina/o politics and culture between the Great Depression and the civil rights movement in Florida by examining the choices immigrant Cuban and later American-born Latinas made to achieve political representation and social justice for themselves and their community. McNamara’s work has received support from the American Historical Association, the Tulane Center for the Gulf South, the American Libraries Association, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.