Nominating Committee Members
Emilio Zamora (Chair)
Emilio Zamora is a professor in the Department of History at The University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in Mexican American history, Texas history, oral history, and transnational (U.S./Mexico) working class history. His latest publications are Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas, Mexican Job Politics during World War II and Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation (co-edited with Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez). Zamora has served as the Vice Chair of the advisory board of the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC, Austin), and a member of the advisory board of the Hispanic Texas History Project, a statewide archival collection program with the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project based at the University of Houston. Zamora also serves as a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and as a Fellow of the Barbara White Stuart Centennial Professorship in Texas history at The University of Texas.
Sarita Armstrong Hixon of Armstrong and Houston, serves as a County Commissioner of Kenedy County. Proudly following in the footsteps of her mother, Ambassador Anne Armstrong, Ms. Hixon was appointed to fill her mother’s position as a County Commissioner and was re-elected to the office. For over 150 years, her family has owned The Armstrong Ranch—a working ranch in Kenedy County, where Ms. Hixon grew up and which she now co-manages. Ms. Hixon serves on the board of trustees of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission and the Houston Hospice. Ms. Hixon was appointed to the Texas Historical Commission in 2005 and served until 2011. She is a former Chairman of the San Jacinto Museum of History Association and currently serves on their advisory board. She also previously served on the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board, and on the board of trustees of the Friends of Communities in Schools in Houston. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she received her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Owen D. Cox, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas and was an associate attorney with the Houston law firm of Andrews & Kurth, LLP.
H. Scott Caven Jr. is a senior relationship manager and head of Atlantic Trust's Houston office, with more than 45 years of experience in the financial services industry. Scott's primary responsibilities include overseeing the firm's client service and new business efforts for the Texas region. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, he held a number of positions with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Dallas and Houston, including vice president and regional manager for Houston, south Texas and Mexico. Scott earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Texas School of Law. Previously, he served as chairman and as a member of the board of regents of the University of Texas System and also chairman of the board of directors of the University of Texas Investment Management Co. (UTIMCO), one of the largest university system endowment funds in the U.S.
Jessica Brannon-Wranosky is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Texas. Dr. Brannon-Wranosky specializes in women, gender and sexuality history and digital humanities applications. Her work has appeared in a number of regional and national academic journals, anthologies, and a variety of online digital publications and exhibits. Her most recent publications include Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson, A Centennial Examination coedited with Bruce A. Glasrud, (Texas A&M University Press, forthcoming 2017), and essays by her in Texas Women/American Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press, 2015)—a 2016 winner of the Liz Carpenter Award, Discovering Texas History (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014), and This Corner of Canaan: Essays on Texas in Honor of Randolph B. Campbell (University of North Texas Press, 2013). Dr. Brannon-Wranosky has received several awards for her research including TSHA’s John H. Jenkins Award in 2015 and the Texas Oral History Association’s Best Article Award in 2016. She is currently working on a book project that examines southern state legislatures’ regulation of sexuality, sexual violence, and women’s reproductive health from 1870-1975.
Dr. Heather Green Wooten is Executive Director of the Texas State Historical Association. A prominent Texas medical historian, Wooten previously served on the faculty of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB-Galveston) where she taught courses in medical history and medical ethics. She has authored or co-authored four books related to epidemics and medical care in Texas. Her first book, The Polio Years in Texas: Battling a Terrifying Unknown (2010) was a recipient of the TSHA Mary M. Hughes Research Fellowship, the T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award, and the Ottis Lock Endowment awarded by the East Texas Historical Association. Publications also include Old Red: Pioneering Medical Education in Texas (2012) for the TSHA Fred Rider Cotten Popular History Series; and Skilled Hands: Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston (2016), co-authored with William Henry Kellar. Wooten also serves as Project Director for the Handbook of Texas Medicine, the first online encyclopedia in the nation devoted to the history of medicine. She is an active member of regional and state historical organizations, including service on the TSHA Board of Directors and is a past president of the East Texas Historical Association. She was elected an ETHA Fellow in 2019. A native of West Texas, Wooten received her Ph.D. in the Medical Humanities from UTMB-Galveston in 2006. She currently resides in Kemah with her husband, Kevin and beloved Labrador, Lily.
Deborah Liles is an assistant professor and the W. K. Gordon Endowed Chair in Texas History at Tarleton State University. She is the coeditor of Women in Civil War Texas: Diversity and Dissidence in the Trans-Mississippi, winner of the Liz Carpenter Award for Best Book on the History of Women, and coeditor of African Americans in Central Texas History: From Slavery to Civil Rights. She resides in Weatherford, Texas.