Dr. Samuel Brunk
Professor of History
My research interests have included twentieth century Mexico, with special attention to the Mexican Revolution and political culture, and the somewhat deeper environmental history of the Borderlands. I have published a biography of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, Emiliano Zapata!: Revolution and Betrayal in Mexico (University of New Mexico Press, 1995), a co-edited volume (with Ben Fallaw), entitled Heroes and Hero Cults in Latin America (University of Texas Press, 2006), and a book on memories of Zapata and their political uses throughout the twentieth century, The Posthumous Career of Emiliano Zapata: Myth, Memory, and Mexico’s Twentieth Century (University of Texas Press, 2008). I have published articles in such journals as the Hispanic American Historical Review and the American Historical Review. My current research interest is in the broad environmental history of the Chihuahuan desert, particularly during the period between the U.S.-Mexican War and the Mexican Revolution.
I have received a Fulbright grant for research in Mexico, a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska, and an Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award from UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on modern Mexico, Latin America more broadly, Environmental History, and the Borderlands.
Liberal Arts 312