Co-Organizers


Co-Organizer: Sonia Hernández

Sonia Hernández, a native of the Rio Grande Valley, received the Ph.D in Latin American History from the University of Houston in 2006. Dr. Hernández specializes in the intersections of gender and labor in the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, Chicana/o history, and Modern Mexico; she worked as an assistant and associate professor of History at the University of Texas-Pan American before moving to College Station. She is currently an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University and the director of the Latino/a & Mexican American Studies program.  She has published in Spanish and English; her most recent book, Working Women into the Borderlands (Texas A&M University Press, 2014) received the Sara A. Whaley Book Prize (National Women’s Studies Association), the Liz Carpenter Award (Texas State Historical Association), the Jim Parish Award for Research (Webb Heritage Foundation), and was a finalist for the Weber-Clements prize awarded by SMU-Clement’s Center. A Spanish translation of this book was recently published as Mujeres, tabajo y región fronteriza (Tamaulipas: ITCA; Mexico City: INEHRM, 2017). Dr. Hernández is finishing up a book, “Women of Ill-Repute” Radical Labor Activism and Transnational Feminisms in the Mexican Borderlands  based on a transnational network of labor activists in great part sustained by the Mexicana Caritina Piña from the port of Tampico. Her recent article based on this new book, “Revisiting Mexican(a) Labor History through Feminismo Transfronterista: From Tampico to Texas and Beyond, 1910-1940” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Transnational Feminism Special Issue, vol. 36, no. 3 (2015) was awarded the Outstanding Article Award from the LASA (Latin American Studies Association) Latino/a Section. She is a founding member of Refusing To Forget and collaborated with this team on the award-winning museum exhibit “Life & Death on the Border, 1910-1920.” The project was also awarded the Autry Public History Prize in 2017 (Western History Association). She is currently a Fulbright Garcia-Robles fellow working on a new book, “Por un compatriota: Transnational Networks, State Violence, and the Case of Gregorio Cortez, 1900-1920.” soniah@tamu.edu


Co-Organizer: John González

From the border town of Brownsville, Texas, John Morán González attended Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude with an A.B. in English literature in 1988. At Stanford University, he earned an M.A. degree in 1991, and a Ph.D. in 1998, both in English and American literature. He teaches as a Professor in the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves as Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies and on the Advisory Board of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. He has published in journals such as American Literature, American Literary History, Aztlán, Western American Literature, and Nineteenth-Century Contexts. He is the author of two books: Border Renaissance: The Texas Centennial and the Emergence of Mexican-American Literature (2009), and The Troubled Union: Expansionist Imperatives in Post-Reconstruction American Novels (2010). He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o American Literature (2016). He is co-editor (with Laura Lomas) of The Cambridge History of Latina/o American Literature (2018). In addition, he is a founding member of Refusing to Forget, a public history project dedicated to critically memorializing state violence in the South Texas borderlands, 1910-1920. jmgonzal@utexas.edu