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Raśl Ramos

Raúl A. Ramos received his A.B. in History and Latin American Studies from Princeton University in 1989 and his Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 1999. He joined the History faculty at the University of Houston in 2002 from his position as an assistant professor in History and Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Ramos was a Fellow at the William Clements Center and for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University from 2000-2001.

In 2008 he published, “Beyond the Alamo: Forging Mexican Ethnicity in San Antonio, 1821-1861,” with University of North Carolina Press. The book won the 2009 T.R. Fehrenbach award from the Texas Historical Commission. He frequently speaks on expanding our views of Texas and Borderlands history. His current research spans the frontier from 19th-century Florida to early 20th-century Los Angeles; examining the ways communities reconstruct their past while looking to the future. The central project looks at American celebrations of the centennial of Mexican Independence in 1910 to explore the development of race through historical narratives.

Professor Ramos’ research involves the intersection of a wide variety of historical sub-fields. At the University of Houston, he teaches Chicano/a History to 1910, History of the American West, Texas to 1865 and Borderlands History. His courses concentrate on historical processes such as conquest, colonization, social formations, migrations and cultural change. He is currently Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History since 2012.