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Dr. J. F. de la Teja

Dr. de la TejaOffice:  Brazos-214
Phone:  512.245.2142

Curriculum Vitae

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. He has published extensively on Spanish, Mexican, and Republic-era Texas, most recently Faces of Béxar: Early San Antonio and Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 2016) and Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: The Other Civil War Texas (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016). Formerly the book review editor for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly (1997-2014), he served as the inaugural Texas State Historian (2007-2009), and as president of the Texas State Historical Association (2007-2008). Currently he serves on the board of directors of Humanities Texas and on the advisory board of 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.

Courses Taught

Modern Mexico is the heir of ethnic and cultural influences as diverse as the Mesoamerican civilizations of the Olmecs and Maya, Classical Rome, and Reconquista Spain. It is impossible to comprehend Mexico today without understanding the precolumbian civilizations whose cultural influences endure, the Spanish colonial experience through which the country was incorporated into the world economy, and Mexico's early national experience which, among other things, shaped the nature of its relationship with the United States. This course will explore the variety of that experience through lectures, readings, and writings examining the ethnic, social, economic, political, and religious dimensions of Mexican history up to its war with the United States, a war which not only defined Mexico geographically but set off a new struggle for modernization.

A topics course designed to address specific themes in Texas history as chosen by the instructor. Past topics have included the republic period in Texas history and the historical, cultural, and social dimensions of the Texas Revolution.

This course examines selected topics in Mexican history from the Spanish conquest through the early post-independence period. The course has two objectives: 1) to introduce graduate students to both recent and classic historical literature, including an examination of recent historiographical trends; and 2) to have students prepare quality essays on a specific topic in Mexican historiography.

Texas history shares in the rich traditions of both the United States and Mexico. Important themes from both countries' histories, e.g. Indian frontiers, slavery, wars of independence, come together in a unique way not found anywhere else in the American experience. Texas, consequently, has a complex historiographical tradition with something for the student of every historical field and period. This course is intended to expose graduate students to the breadth of Texas historiography through discussion of selected readings and preparation of historiographical essays based on a field or period of interest to the student.