Carlos Kevin Blanton


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.


The Strange Career of Bilingual Education in Texas, 1936-1981

Despite controversies over current educational practices, Texas boasts a rich and vibrant bilingual tradition—and not just for Spanish-English instruction, but for Czech, German, Polish, and Dutch as well. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Texas educational policymakers embraced, ignored, rejected, outlawed, then once again embraced this tradition.
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