I am a historian, a public educator, and the chief executive officer of the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, a community located 20 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley. A former high school teacher and university professor, my professional identity has been forged by nurturing and working through purposeful collaborations with community-based organizations and other pertinent partners. My partnership with the UT grand challenge Planet Texas 2050, for example, aims to shed light on the history of disasters in South Texas so the community can mitigate the damage and pain of future disasters. I have an undergraduate degree in English, a master’s degree in history, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in history, anthropology, curriculum & instruction, and educational administration from UT Austin. I have authored or co-authored three books and more than 70 articles.
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