Dr. Samuel Brunk
Chair of Department of History
Dr. Sam Brunk researches twentieth century Mexico, with special attention to the Mexican Revolution, political culture, and environmental history. He has published a biography of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, Emiliano Zapata!: Revolution and Betrayal in Mexico (University of New Mexico Press, 1995), a coedited volume (with Ben Fallaw), entitled Heroes and Hero Cults in Latin America (University of Texas Press, 2006), and a book on memories of Zapata, The Posthumous Career of Emiliano Zapata: Myth, Memory, and Mexico’s Twentieth Century (University of Texas Press, 2008). He has also published articles in such journals as the Hispanic American Historical Review and the American Historical Review. His current research interest is the environmental history of the Chihuahuan desert. He has 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. Dr. Brunk teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on modern Mexico and Latin America, as well as the World History Survey.