Professor Max Krochmal
I am Associate Professor of History and founding Director of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. My research and teaching center on African American and Chicano/a-Latino/a civil rights and labor histories–and their present-day ramifications. A native of Reno, Nevada, I attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and received my M.A. and Ph.D. at Duke University.
My book, Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era, tells the story of the decades-long struggle for democracy in Texas, when African American, Mexican American, and white labor, civil rights, and political activists gradually came together to empower the state’s marginalized minorities–and created a blueprint for ongoing organizing in the present. Blue Texas has won multiple prizes, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians and the Ramirez Family Award for Most Significant Scholarly Book from the Texas Institute of Letters. It was also supported by the Summerlee Fellowship in Texas History at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies.
I am also the founder and director of the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project, a statewide collaborative research initiative and digital humanities website that received a Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.