Ph.D. Student Webpage
This page contains information relevant to the Ph.D. Students in Borderlands History at UTEP. The goal of this page is to highlight the students, their work, and their accomplishments. Students are very active in the profession, with a great track record of publications, conference presentations, and grant writing. We have students from all over the U.S. and Mexico, with many claiming the borderlands as their home.
Below you will find information in individual students, their research agendas, and their accomplishments in the classroom. We hope that this site will demonstrate the commitment and professionalism that is indicative of students in the Ph.D. Program in Borderlands History.
PhD Dissertations in Progress
Mayra L. Avila, "La Pena Negra: Women Recall the Bracero Program, 1942-1964.” The co-directors of her dissertation are Dr. Jeffrey P. Shepherd and Dr. Larisa Veloz.
Sheron Caton, “The Life and Myth of Teresa Urrea.” The director of her dissertation is Dr. Sam Brunk.
Eva Marie Nohemi Orozco, "Sinarquista Women in Mexico during the 1940s and 1950s: Hidden Hands in the Construction of Mexican Nationalist Sentiment." The director of her dissertation is Dr. Sandy McGee Deutsch.
Maria Schrock, "An Environmental History of the Rio Conchos." The director of her dissertation is Dr. Sam Brunk.
Carolina Monsivais, “Skirting the Law: Female Smugglers, Liquor Sellers, and Policing through Prohibition along the Rio Grande.” The director of her dissertation is Dr. Sam Brunk.
Aaron Waggoner, “The New Wine: Spirit, Transformation, and Gender in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1960s-1990s.” The director of his dissertation is Dr. Sam Brunk.
Gene Morales, “San Antonio and the 1968 HemisFair.” The director of his dissertation is Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva.
Aurelio Saldana, “Officially “Othered”: Educating the “Mexican” in the Southwestern United States, 1900-1960s.” The director of his dissertation is Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva.
David Robles, "Chicano Revolt and Political Response: Grassroots Change in the South Texas Town of Pharr after the 1971 Riot." The director of his dissertation is Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva.
Maria Vallejo, “On the Rio Grande: A Struggle for Land and Citizenship in the Llano Grande, 1749-1930.” The director of her dissertation is Jeffrey P. Shepherd
Andrea Severson, "Unlaced: the Dress Reform Movement of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century." The director of her dissertation is Dr. Michael Topp.
Miguel Juarez, "From Concordia to Lincoln Center: An Urban Environmental History of Highway Building in El Paso, Texas." The director of his dissertation is Dr. Paul Edison
Jaime Ruiz, "Modernity and Revolution: Hydraulic and Sanitary Infrastructure in Chihuahua City during the Porfiriato, 1892-1911." The director of his dissertation is Dr. Sam Brunk.