Jesús F. de la Teja is Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies, Regents’ Professor of History, and Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University-San Marcos. He has published extensively on Spanish, Mexican, and Republic-era Texas, most recently an edited volume with Timothy Matovina, Recollections of a Tejano Life: Antonio Menchaca in Texas History, and a volume of biographies, Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas, and is book review editor for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. He served as the inaugural Texas State Historian (2007-2009), and has been president of the Texas State Historical Association. Currently he serves on the board of directors of Humanities Texas and the San Jacinto Museum of History. He is a recipient of the Americanism Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution, a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and the Texas Catholic Historical Society, and a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas and the Texas Institute of Letters.