Armando C. Alonzo, a native of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, is a Borderlands historian with interest in the social and economic development of Texas and Northern Mexico from the 18th century to the present. His PhD is from Indiana University in U.S. History, and his Tejano Legacy: Rancheros and Settlers in South Texas, 1734-1900 (1998) concerned settlement and development in the trans-Nueces. Currently, he is working on a transnational history of Texas and Northern Mexico with emphasis on settlement patterns, community formation, and economic linkages. He is also studying the economic history of Nuevo Santander.
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 at Texas A&M in 2001. He teaches 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 also 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, as well as The Strange Career of Bilingual Education in Texas, 1836-1981 (2004). He has won book and article awards for his scholarship and currently serves on the executive board of the Texas State Historical Association.
Albert S. Broussard is an historian of the American West and African American history, and his most significant publications include Black San Francisco: The Struggle for Racial Equality in the West (1993), African American Odyssey: The Stewarts, 1853-1963 (1998), and Expectations of Equality: A History of Black Westerners (2012). His graduate students have written master’s theses and dissertations on such disparate topics as women’s suffrage in Texas, racial activism and community building in San Antonio, the United States army’s response to race riots in Los Angeles, and racial violence against African American women and children in Reconstruction Texas.
Felipe Hinojosa earned his PhD 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, “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 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.
Walter D. Kamphoefner earned his PhD 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. Several of his articles deal with Texas Germans, their interactions with other cultures in the area, and the similarities and differences between their experiences here and in other regions. 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.
Philip M. Smith received his PhD from Texas A&M University in 2007. His research interests center on antebellum Florida as a contested zone between the Caribbean, and what it represented in terms of black rebellion, freedom, or degrees of citizenship for free blacks, and the American South. At the center of his interests are the legacy of Spanish Florida and the Seminole resistance to removal. Though specific to Florida, aspects of Spanish government and Spanish definitions of race and citizenship are common to Gulf Coast studies, including Texas, and the greater Southwest.
Katherine Unterman received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2011. She also holds a Masters in Legal Studies from Stanford Law School. Her work examines borders from a legal standpoint, particularly focusing on jurisdictional disputes along the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders. She currently has an article under review about extradition in the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez borderlands region at the turn of the twentieth century. Her book, Uncle Sam’s Policemen: The Pursuit of Fugitives across Borders (Harvard University Press, 2015) contains numerous case studies involving accused criminals who fled across the U.S.-Mexico border.