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Hart named to Jones Professorship at Texas State

Posted by Mark Hendricks
University News Service
June 12, 2008


Paul Hart has been selected to serve as the Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Southwestern Studies at Texas State University-San Marcos.

As Jones Professor of Southwestern Studies, Hart will team-teach courses in Southwestern Studies with the director of Texas State’s Center for the Study of the Southwest, and work on the Center’s publications. He will also help organize and present symposia and assist with other regional projects.

Hart’s research interests are modern Mexican and Mexican-American history. As the Jones professor, he will be researching and writing a book on the immigrant history of the Southwest.

Hart holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate in Latin American history from the University of California, San Diego. He joined the Texas State faculty in 2000.

He has served as an instructor at the University of Houston, Palomar College and San Diego State University, and as an assistant professor at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities in Latin American history in Texas State’s undergraduate and master’s history programs, Hart has presented papers and published articles and a recent book, Bitter Harvest: The Social Transformation of Morelos, Mexico, and the Origins of the Zapatista Revolution, which won the Harvey L. Johnson Book Award from the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies in 2007.

The Jones Professorship is funded by the Houston Endowment in support of a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.