CV Highlights

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Positions Held

  • Associate Professor of History, TCU – Texas Christian University, 2017-Present
    • Assistant Professor of History, TCU, 2011-2017
  • Founding Chair, Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES), TCU, 2015-Present
  • Project Director, Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project, 2014-Present
    • Recipient of NEH Collaborative Research Grant, 2015-18
  • Faculty Director, TCU Justice Journey (Civil Rights Bus Tour), 2011-Present
  • Core Faculty, African American and Africana Studies, Latina/o Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Urban Studies


  • Ph.D., Department of History, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2011
  • M.A., History, Duke University, 2007
  • B.A. with honors, Community Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2004

Research & Awards

Blue Texas Cover ImageBlue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Coalition in the Civil Rights Era, Justice, Power, and Politics (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

  • Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians
  • Ramirez Family Award, Texas Institute of Letters
  • Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize, Texas State Historical Association
  • National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco Non-Fiction Book Award

Other Publications (Click Here)

Summerlee Fellowship in Texas History, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 2013-2014, $45,500.


National Endowment for the Humanities, Collaborative Research Grant, $200,000, 2015-2018, for Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Oral Histories of the Multiracial Freedom Struggle in Texas, 1954 – Present (principal investigator).

Deans’ Research & Creativity Award, Texas Christian University (campus-wide), 2018.

Finalist, Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community, 2016.

Outstanding Faculty / Staff Award, TCU Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services, presented at IIS annual banquet, 2015 and 2012.

Internal TCU Grants: Instructional Development Grant, 2016-2017 (second author); Creativity and Innovation in Learning Grant, 2015-2016; Grant Submission Incentive Program, 2013; Institute for Urban Living and Innovation Small Grant, 2012-2013 and 2011-2012; Faculty Service-Learning Grant, 2012-2013; Research and Creative Activities Fund, 2012-2013; Junior Faculty Summer Research Program, 2012.


  • History of Multicultural America (HIST 10713)
  • The African American Experience (HIST 10703)
  • History of Working People in America (HIST 30603)
  • U.S. Urban History: Race, Space, and Community Activism (HIST 30803)
  • Graduate Readings in American History: Political Economy and the People (HIST 70603)
  • TCU Justice Journey (formerly the Civil Rights Bus Tour – HIST 40873)
  • Texas Communities Oral History Project class (HIST 30813)


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