Walter L. Buenger (Chair)
Walter Buenger, Ph.D., is TSHA’s Chief Historian, responsible for the Association’s scholarly mission and providing academic oversight to its programs. He is also the inaugural Summerlee Foundation Lone Star Chair in Texas History at The University of Texas at Austin. Beunger was elected a TSHA Fellow in 2000, and he served as TSHA President in 2009-2010. The author of numerous books and articles, Buenger was awarded the Coral H. Tullis Award in 2001 for his book, The Path to a Modern South: Texas between Reconstruction and the Great Depression. A native of West Texas, Buengerreceived his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1979. Soon afterward, he began teaching at Texas A&M University where he remained until 2017. While there, he gave courses in U.S. history, the history of the South, and Texas history, and served as chair of the history department. His own area of research focuses on comparative border studies, the South, and Texas since 1820. He is currently working on a project researching the relationship between history and memory in Texas after 1820.
Dr. Carlos Kevin Blanton is currently a Professor of History. He joined the Aggie community in 2001 from teaching at Portland State University and a PhD at Rice University. His authored books are The Strange Career of Bilingual Education in Texas, 1836–1981 (TAMU, 2004) and George I. Sánchez: The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration (Yale, 2014) and he has recently edited A Promising Problem: The New Chicana/o History (Texas, 2016). Blanton’s work has been honored with the Coral Horton Tullis Award for best book in Texas history (2005), the Bolton Cutter Award for best article in Borderlands history (2010) and the National Association of Chicana-Chicano Studies best book award (2016). He has also published in the Journal of Southern History, the Pacific Historical Review, the Western Historical Quarterly, the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the Teachers College Record, and in other history and interdisciplinary journals. In the spring of 2017 Blanton will serve as a Glasscock Center for Humanities Research Faculty Fellow as he works on his next book project, Between Black and White: The Chicana/o in the American Mind. He enjoys teaching 20th Century U.S, Texas, and Chicana/o history.
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.