CV Highlights

Positions Held

  • A. M. Pate, Jr., Research Professorship in History, Texas Christian University, 2020-21
  • Associate Professor of History, TCU, 2017-Present
    • Assistant Professor of History, TCU, 2011-2017
  • Founding Chair, Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES), TCU, 2015-2020
  • Interim Director, Latinx Studies Program, TCU, Fall 2019
  • Faculty Director, TCU Justice Journey, 2011-2020
  • Administrative Fellow, AddRan College of Liberal Arts, 2016-17


  • 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

Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship, Chair in U.S. Studies, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, México, 2020-21

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; paperback, 2020).

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


Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Histories of Resistance and Struggle in Texas, co-edited with Todd Moye (in press; Austin: University of Texas Press, 2021).

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, 2015 and 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)
  • Oral History Field Research (HIST 30813 / HNRS 20503)
  • TCU Justice Journey
    • Black Freedom Struggle (HIST 30833 / POSC 31523 / CRES 30803)
    • Latinx Civil Rights Struggles (HIST 30823 / POSC 31543)
  • Readings in American History: Emerging Historiography II (HIST 70603)
  • Research Seminar in U.S. History (HIST 80603)


  • Co-Chair, Racial Equity Committee, Fort Worth Independent School District
  • Steering Committee, United Fort Worth
  • Organization of American Historians, Program Committee (2021), Committee on Committees
  • Board of Contributing Editors, LABOR
  • Editorial Board, U.S. Latina & Latino Oral History Journal

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