Armando 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 the author of Tejano Legacy: Rancheros and Settlers in Texas, 1734-1900 (1998), and 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 Kevin Blanton earned his PhD from Rice University in 1999 and taught at Portland State University’s Chicano/Latino Studies program for two years before arriving to Texas A&M in the fall of 2001. He teaches introductory surveys of Texas history and the second half of U.S. history, as well as more specialized courses in Latinos in the U.S., U.S. Education history, Texas history, and the U.S. in the Great Depression and World War II. He teaches several graduate courses, including U.S. history from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era, the Great Depression to the Cold War, an introductory seminar in Comparative Borders, and a special topics seminar in Comparative Borders on Chicana/o History. In the last decade he has published research articles in several prestigious historical journals, including the “Journal of Southern History,” “Pacific Historical Review,” “Western Historical Quarterly,” and “Southwestern Historical Quarterly” as well as a monograph on the history of bilingual education in Texas. He has won book and article awards for his scholarship. His next book, to be completed in 2012 is a biography of the major Mexican American intellectual and civil rights activist George I. Sanchez.
Cynthia Bouton is a social and cultural historian focusing on early modern and Revolutionary Europe and the Atlantic. She studies the ways that inequities in access to basic subsistence needs—often linked to status/class, gender, race/ethnicity, patronage/political relations, and location—have influenced responses to suffering (both the threat of it and strategies to alleviate it). Her first book studied responses to a subsistence crisis in 1775 France, several articles explored the history of the politics of provisioning in France from the 17th to the 19th centuries, and her second book analyzed 19th- and 20th-century cultural and political engagements with an episode of social violence over food security. Her next book, “Subsistence, Society, and Culture in the Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century and Age of Revolution,” studies staple food production, marketplace interaction, entangled Atlantic trade networks, and government policies to understand adaptations to the “Atlanticization” of food regimes in the French, Spanish, and British Atlantic during the 18th century and revolutionary era.
Albert Broussard is the author of numerous books, including Black San Francisco: The Struggle for Racial Equality in the West, 1900-1954 (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1993), American History: The Early Years to 1877 with Donald A. Ritchie (Glencoe/McGraw Hill, 1997), African American Odyssey: The Stewarts, 1853-1963 (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998), and The American Vision with Joyce Appleby, Alan Brinkley, James M. McPherson, and Donald A. Ritchie (Glencoe/ McGraw Hill, 2002). His recent work includes considerations of African American civil rights dialogues in Hawai’i.
April Hatfield received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1997 and began teaching at Texas A&M the following year. Her work examines how borders and migration shaped individuals and institutions in the early modern Atlantic world. Her publications include several book chapters and articles and the monograph Atlantic Virginia: Intercolonial Relations in the Seventeenth Century (2004). Her current project “Creole Allegiances” follows a variety of individuals as they negotiated the borders of English and Spanish imperial spaces in the western Caribbean and southeastern North America.
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 particularly interested in how Latina/o religious identities and cultures have operated within discourses of power and how they have helped shape cultural, political, and faith-informed activism in twentieth century America. In 2010 he was awarded a “First Book Grant for Minority Scholars” from the Louisville Institute and is currently working on his manuscript titled, “Quiet Riots: Faith, Activism, and Identity Among Latina/o Mennonites, 1932-1982.”
Angela Pulley Hudson is a specialist in American Indian history, with a particular interest in southeastern Indian ethnohistory. Her broad areas of research are the ethnogeography of indigenous North Americans, the intersection of American Indian and African American experiences, and the role of American Indians in U.S. popular culture. Her recent book, Creek Paths and Federal Roads: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves and the Making of the American South (2010), investigates the delineation of borders and paths between and across the Indian nations of the interior South from the Revolution to Removal. Her current project explores the phenomenon of interethnic impersonation and gendered performance in antebellum America by tracing the life and career of two successful “Indian” stage performers. She earned her PhD in American Studies in 2007 from Yale University and joined the faculty at A&M the same year.
Walter Kamphoefner earned his Ph.D. at University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978, has taught at Texas A&M University since 1988, and was awarded two Senior Fulbright Lectureships in Germany. A specialist on German-American immigration and ethnicity, he has published three authored or co-edited books in German and English versions, and articles in four languages. Much of his research is informed by a transatlantic perspective on German immigration, on the political socialization of German immigrants in the Civil War era, and on the persistence of ethnic language and culture across the generations. In teaching the history of immigration and ethnicity, he takes his course right down to the present, with an emphasis on comparisons across time and between various groups, posing the question of what had changed and what has stayed the same about the American ethnic experience over the past two centuries, and exploring the similarities and differences in the experiences of racial versus ethnic minorities.
Jason Parker conducts research on US-“Third World” relations that engages both the formal and informal “diplomacy” embedded in the interactions of empires, nations, and peoples. He examines the ways in which state- and non-state actors in the United States engaged with their counterparts abroad within a complicated matrix of strategy, security, decolonization, and race during the long “American Century.” His first book looked at the actions of the US-based actors– the American government, African Americans, and Caribbean immigrants– in the push for independence in the British West Indies. His current project examines the US public-diplomacy campaigns to win the “hearts and minds” of the global South during the Cold War and how those campaigns inadvertently contributed to the formation of the Third World as a geopolitical concept and entity at the crossroads of empire, race/ethnicity, and nationalism.
Rebecca Hartkopf Schloss specializes in the French Atlantic Empire and has a particular interest in the construction of racial, economic, gender and national identities throughout the French Atlantic during the long-nineteenth century. Her recent book, Sweet Liberty: The Final Days of Slavery in Martinique (2009) focuses on how the movement of peoples, goods and ideas between Martinique and continental France helped shape ideas about French national identity and the physical boundaries of the French Empire from 1802 to 1848. Her current project, France at the Edges: Life in France’s Atlantic Port Cities, 1760-1830, explores connections among French Atlantic port cities in the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe during the so-called Age of Empire. She teaches courses in Atlantic World History, Modern French Empire, and the Caribbean.
Philip Smith received a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2007. His dissertation “Persistent Borderland: Freedom and Citizenship in Territorial Florida” looks at the Florida’s diverse Indian, African, and Caribbean heritage during the antebellum period, and it has expanded to also include the New South era. His research interests are the options for inclusion and exclusion for non-whites in the Florida Territory and later in what he calls Caribbean Florida. The options included degrees of citizenship for free blacks to rebellion by Indians and Africans during the antebellum years to limited assimilation or separation during the New South era. At the center of his research interests are the legacy of Spanish Florida and Indian resistance to removal. Though specific to Florida, aspects of Spanish and Caribbean colonial definitions of race and citizenship are common to broader Gulf Coast studies and the greater southeast.
Julia Erin Wood’s current work is a transnational history analyzing the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), its relationship with international liberation struggles, and the place of Cold War politics in defining domestic civil rights from 1960 through the early 1970s. While the civil rights movement has typically been historicized as a southern and/or national phenomenon, it can be more fully understood as a transnational movement. There were symbiotic relationships between freedom struggles in the United States and in decolonizing countries, with peoples and events around the world inspiring and affecting one another. Throughout the mid-twentieth century, a cross-continental dialogue of race and rights emerged, and the civil rights movement needs to be placed within this transnational context. Wood argues that SNCC demanded social change within and beyond the borders of the United States, and that a better understanding of SNCC furthers the internationalization of U.S. history, and a new retelling of the Black freedom struggle. More broadly, she is interested in transnational United States history, investigating the ways in which local, national, and international histories are intertwined. Wood’s work also focuses on African American history, Pan Africanism, and the relationships between diasporic peoples.
Larry Yarak is a historian of Africa. His first book investigated the pre-colonial political and social history of the Asante Kingdom, located in today’s Ghana, using European (principally Dutch) archival sources and Asante oral traditions. He is currently completing a manuscript on the recruitment of soldiers by the Dutch in the 19th century West Africa, the intersection of this activity with indigenous forms of servitude, and the experiences of the African soldiers in the Dutch East Indies. His current research project concerns the 19th century social history on the peoples of the Gold Coast littoral, with a focus on the town of Elmina.