Ph.D. Program Graduates
Jeff Lucas, “Twentieth Century Mexico through the eyes of Antonio Díaz Soto y Gama.” His dissertation director was Dr. Sam Brunk. His book, The Rightward Drift of Mexico’s Former Revolutionaries: The Case of Antonio Díaz Soto y Gama was published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2010.
Julia Maria Schiavone Camacho, “Traversing Boundaries: Chinese, Mexicans, and Chinese-Mexicans in the Formation of Gender, Race, and Nation in the Twentieth Century Borderlands.” Her dissertation director was Dr. Cheryl Martin. Her book, Chinese Mexicans: Transpacific Migration and the Search for a Homeland, 1910-1960, was published by the University of North Carolina Press, 2012. Dr. Schiavone-Camacho is presently an Assistant Professor at Antioch College.
Ann Gabbert, “Defining the Boundaries of Care: Local Responses to Global Concerns in El Paso Public Health Policy, 1881-1941.” Her dissertation director was Drs. Michael Topp and Paul Edison. Dr. Gabbert is the Associate Director for the Entering Student Program at the University of Texas – El Paso.
Nancy Nemeth-Jeserun, “The Third Life: Sixteen Holocaust Survivors in El Paso.” Her dissertation director was Dr. Sandra McGee-Deutsch. Dr. Nemeth-Jesurun was a Visiting Faculty in the Humanities and Jewish Studies Programs at UTEP. She is presently retired in El Paso.
Gary Kieffner, “Riding the Borderlands: The Negotiation of Social and Cultural Boundaries for Rio Grande Valley and Southwestern Motorcycling Groups, 1900 – 2000.” His dissertation director was Dr. Carl Jackson. Dr. Keifner is presently an Associate Professor, Fiji National University.
Chew-Smithart, Selfa. "Race, Gender, and Modernity: The Removal of Japanese and Japanese Mexicans from the Mexican Borderlands during World War II." Her dissertation director was Dr. Maceo Dailey. Dr. Chew is presently a Visiting Assistant Professor at UTEP. Her book, Uprooting Community: Japanese Mexicans, World War II and the U.S. - Mexico Borderlands, was published by the University of Arizona Press, 2015.
Winifred Dowling. "The Border Home Front: World War II along the U.S.-Mexico Border." Her dissertation director was Dr. Charles H. Martin. Dr. Dowling is presently retired in El Paso.
Gladys Hodges. "Production of Architectural Space in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1880-1930." Her dissertation director was Dr. Cheryl Martin. Dr. Hodges is presently retired.
John Paul Nuño. "A Borderlands People: Cultural Ethnogenesis, Identity Formation, and Racial Construction among the Black Seminoles of Florida, 1754-1842." His dissertation director was Dr. Jeffrey P. Shepherd. Dr. Nuno is an Associate Professor of History at California State University – Northridge.
Will Guzmán. "Border Physician: The Life of Lawrence A. Nixon." His dissertation director was Dr. Maceo Dailey. Dr. Guzman is the Director of the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center at New Jersey City University. His book, Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands: Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism, was published by University of Illinois Press, 2015.
Jorge Jimenez. “The Private Businesses of Porfirio Díaz and the Early Modernization of Mexico, 1876-1911.” His dissertation director was Dr. Sam Brunk.
Juan Manuel Mendoza Guerrero. “Hábitos alimenticios de los inmigrantes de El Paso, Texas, 1880-1960s: Identidad, Nacionalismo y Comunidad." His dissertation director was Dr. Sam Brunk. Dr. Mendoza is presently a professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, Mazatlan
James Starling. "Catholicism in the Borderlands during a Time of Transition, 1848-1914." His dissertation director was Dr. Cheryl Martin. He is presently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
Antonio Lopez, “In the Spirit of Liberation: The Rainbow Coalition of Chicago, 1968-84.” His dissertation director was Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva. Dr. Lopez is presently the Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, in Chicago, Illinois.
Nancy Aguirre, “Porfirista Exiles in the United States during the period of the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920.” Her dissertation director was Dr. Sam Brunk. She received UTEP Dissertation Award in March 2013. Dr. Aguirre is presently an Assistant Professor of History at The Citadel.
Yvette J. Saavedra, "Competing Visions: The Politics of Racial and Ethnic Identity Formation and Land Use in Pasadena, 1771-1923." Her dissertation director was Cheryl E. Martin. Dr. Saavedra is presently an Assistant Professor at California State University – San Bernardino. Her book is forthcoming with the University of Arizona Press.
Michael Bess, “Arteries of Desire: Technology, Gender, and Power in Mexico’s Road-Building Program and Automobile Culture, 1925-1952. His dissertation director was Dr. Sam Brunk. Dr. Bess is presently a faculty member at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Division de Historia, in Mexico City. His book, Routes of Compromise: Building Roads and Shaping the Nation in Mexico, 1917-1952, was published by the University of Nebraska Press, 2017
Cristobal Borges, “Unspoken Whiteness: Racial Politics, El Jibaro, and the Creation of a Modern Puerto Rico.” His dissertation director was Dr. Sandra McGee Deutsch. Dr. Borges an Assistant Professor at North Seattle Community College.
Irma Montelongo, “Illicit Inhabitants: Empire, Immigration, Race, and Sexuality on the U.S.-México Border, 1891-1965.” Her dissertation director was Dr. Ernesto Chávez. Dr. Montelongo is presently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Chicana/o Studies at UTEP.
Nancy Gonzalez, “Reinventing the Old West: Concordia Cemetery and the Power over Space, 1800 to 1895.” Her dissertation director was Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva.
David Romo, "Global Microhistory of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez: Axis and Allied Propaganda and Intelligence along the U.S. - Mexico Border, 1933-1945." His dissertation director was Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva. Dr. Romo held a Fulbright Fellowship and was a Scholar-In-Residence at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM.
Scott Comar, "A History of the Tigua Indians: A Borderlands Community." The director of his dissertation was Dr. Jeffrey Shepherd. Dr. Comar is presently teaching classes in the Department of History at UTEP.
Aaron Margolis, "La Otra Frontera: The Guatemalan Civil War and the Guatemalan-Mexican Border." The director of his dissertation was Dr. Sam Brunk. Dr. Margolis is an Assistant Professor of History at Kansas City Community College.
Alejandro Rodríguez-Mayoral, “Zapatistas: vida cotidiana durante la revolución mexicana.” The director of his dissertation was Dr. Sam Brunk.
Roland Rodriguez, "I was nothing but a lender of what I was ordered to supply…” Francisco Amangual, Trustee of the Presidio and Las Compañías Volantes in the Spanish Borderlands, 1701 – 1812. The director of his dissertation was Jeffrey Shepherd. His book is under contract with Texas A&M Press.
Pam Krch, "Cultural Sovereignty and Cultural Violence: Native American Artists and the Dorothy Dunn Studio." The director of her dissertation was Jeffrey P. Shepherd.
Timothy Nelson, "Blackdom: An African American Community in the Borderlands." The Co-directors for his dissertation were Dr. Maceo Dailey and Dr. Jeffrey P. Shepherd. Dr. Nelson is Racial Justice Coordinator for the YWCA in El Paso.
Heather Sinclair, "Birth City: Race and Violence in the History of Childbirth and Midwifery in the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez Borderlands, 1907-2013." Her dissertation co-directors were Dr. Sandy McGee-Deutsch and Dr. Ernesto Chávez. She presently teaches classes at UTEP and NMSU in the Department of Women and Gender Studies.
Juana Moriel Payne, “Drama a flor de piel: fiestas, capellanías y cofradías en San Joseph del Parral, Chihuahua, siglos XVII Y XVIII.” The director of her dissertation was Dr. Sam Brunk. Dr. Moriel teaches at a charter high school in Oakland, CA.
Susana E. Aquilina, “Art, Culture-Making, and Representation as Resistance in the Life Manuel Gregorio Acosta.” Her dissertation director was Dr. Ernesto Chávez. Dr. Aquilina is a History Teacher, Loretto Academy.
Lina-María Murillo, "Birth Control on the Border: Race, Religion, Gender, and Class in the Making of the Birth Control Movement in El Paso, Texas 1936-2009." Her dissertation director was Dr. Ernesto Chávez. Dr. Murillo is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and History at the University of Iowa.
Joanne Kropp, “Constructing a River, Building a Border: An Environmental History of Irrigation, Water Law, State Formation, and the Rio Grande Rectification Project in the El Paso - Juarez Valley.” Her dissertation director was Dr. Sam Brunk. Dr. Kropp presently works in the Entering Student Program and teaches classes at UTEP.
Frank De La O, "Containing Communism in West Texas, 1945-64.” His dissertation director was Dr. Ernesto Chavez. Dr. De La O is an Assistant Professor at Midland College.
Eloy J. Garcia, “La Hermandad de Sangre de Cristo: Church, Community, and Change in New Mexico: 1850-1912.” His dissertation director was Dr. Ignacio Martinez.
Dennis J. Aguirre, "Grito!: Cultural Nationalism and the Chicano/a Insurgency in New Mexico, 1968-1979." His dissertation director was Dr. Ernesto Chávez. Dr. Aguirre is an Assistant Professor of Mexican American Studies in the Hispanic Studies Department at the University of Northern Colorado.
Joanna Camacho Escobar, "Aqui Se Habla Espanol: Cultural Identity and Language in Puerto Rico." Her dissertation director was Dr. Sandy McGee Deutsch. Dr. Camacho Escobar is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University of Ohio.
Melanie L. Rodríguez, "Racial Injustice in Houston, Texas: The Chicano Mobilization against the Police Killing of Joe Campos Torres." Her dissertation director was Dr. Ernesto Chávez. Dr. Rodriguez is currently working as a consultant for the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Development at the Valle Verde Campus of the El Paso Community College.