José Angel Hernández
Director of Library and Technology Services
Hernández's connections to The University of Houston date back two decades (1998) when he first attended Graduate School in the Department of History and as a Graduate Fellow with the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS). In 2013 he returned to the UH as a CMAS Visiting Scholar and then accepted a position the following year as an Associate Professor of History. In 2017, CMAS awarded Hernández a Faculty Research Grant for his ongoing project, “Back to Mexico Movements during the Porfiriato."
Recently, Professor Hernández was awarded a Fulbright US Scholar award to research the Colonial Archives of Cebu City and Manila, Philippines for the Academic Year 2019. This is Hernández's third Fulbright Fellowship. His long-term project is titled "Comparative Colonizations on a Global Scale" and seeks to compare the varied experiences, effects, and expressions of Spanish Colonization in Asia with that of the Americas and the Carribean.
Professor Hernández's teaching interests include courses like "Philosophies of History" and "History of Histories: Capstone Course on Historiography."
HIST: 4336: History of Histories: Capstone Seminar on Historiography
HIST: 4340: Philosophies of History
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Professor Hernández’s research analyzes Mexico’s evolving immigration laws and policies during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with a particular focus on migrants and Mexican Americans that returned south to settle and colonize the northern frontier.
His first book, Mexican American Colonization During the Nineteenth Century: A History of the US-Mexico Borderlands (2012) was published by Cambridge University Press and given two book awards – the inaugural William M. LeoGrande Prize for the Best Book on U.S.-Latin American Relations in 2013 presented by “The School of Public Affairs” and “Center for Latin American and Latino Studies” at American University, and the 2013 Américo Paredes Book Award bestowed by the “Center for Mexican American Studies” at South Texas College.
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Mexican American Colonization During the Nineteenth Century: A History of the US-Mexico Borderlands, (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Articles and Book Chapters
“Overcoming Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Mexico: The 1883 Land and Colonization Law,” (In Progress).
“El México Perdido y Anelado: The Prose of Settler Colonialism Amidst the Diaspora,” In Writing/Righting History: Twenty Five Years of Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, Clara Lomas and Antonia Castañeda, Eds. (The University of Houston: Arte Público Press, 2020): Pgs. 185-224.
- “The Decree of 19 August 1848: First Repatriation Commissions and Postwar Settlements along the US-Mexico Borderlands,” 33 Md. J. Int'l L. 1 (2018). https://digitalcommons.law.umaryland.edu/mjil/vol33/iss1/3
Premio, Mejor Artículo en Ciencias Sociales, Mexico Section; LASA, 2019.
“Indios Bárbaros and the Making of Mexican Colonization Policy after Independence: From Conquest to Colonization,” Chapter in Transnational Indians in the North American West, “Connecting the Greater West Series,” Andrae M. Marak & Clarissa Confer, Eds. (Texas A&M University Press, 2015).
“Mexican Expulsions & Indian Removal during the Early Period of Global Mass Immigrations,” in World History Bulletin XXX, No. 2, Special Section: “Indigenous and World History,” Jared Poley, Editor, (Fall 2014): 30-34.
“Violence as Communication: The Revolt of La Ascensión, Chihuahua (1892),” Landscapes of Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal Devoted to the Study of Violence, Conflict, and Trauma Vol. 2; No. 1, Article 6, (2012).
“Contemporary Deportation Raids and Historical Memory: Mexican Expulsions in the Nineteenth Century,” Chapter in Memorias del Simposio Internacional México-Alemania 2010: Migración: Desafios y Posibilidades, (Guadalajara: Prometeo Editores, 2010): 23-47.
“From Conquest to Colonization: Indios and Colonization Policies after Mexican Independence,” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos 26: 2, (Summer 2010): 285-315.
“Contemporary Deportation Raids and Historical Memory: Mexican Expulsions in the Nineteenth Century,” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 52:2, (Fall 2010): 115-141. (Reprinted en Memorias del Simposio Internacional México-Alemania 2010: Migración: Desafios y Posibilidades, (Guadalajara: Prometeo Editores, 2010): 23-47.