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Faculty and Staff

José Angel Hernández
Associate Professor

Director of Library and Technology Services

Food 4 Thought Bookstore

Phone: (713) 743-3126
Office: 643 Agnes Arnold Hall

J.A. Hernández earned his PhD in History from The University of Chicago in 2008. He is also an alumnus of The University of Houston and The University of Texas at San Antonio. Before joining the Department of History at UH, he was an Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMASS) where he taught for six years.  Professor Hernández has also taught college courses at DePaul University and at The University of Chicago.  

His research has been supported by fellowships from The Center for Mexican American Studies at the UH, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Fulbright-Hayes Dissertation Fellowship, Lilly Teaching Fellowship, Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latina/o Studies at UMASS, and a Center for Public Policy & Administration Workshop Fellowship also at UMASS.

Professor Hernández was recently awarded a US Fulbright Scholar Award (2014-2015) to complete research on his next book.   


Professor Hernández's teaching interests include courses like Philosophies of History; The History of Mexico; History of Histories: Capstone Course on Historiography; Introduction to Latina/o History; Colonial Latin America; Mexican Expulsions in the US; Modern Latin America, 1492-Present; The Historians Craft: Introduction to the Study of History; Ethnicity, Race and Migration in Latin America, 1820-1930; The Mexican Revolution; Graduate Seminar on Introduction to History; and World History to 1500. 

Fall Courses Offered 

HIST: 4336: History of Histories: Capstone Seminar on Historiography

HIST: 4340: Philosophies of History

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Research Interests

Professor Hernández’s research analyzes Mexico’s evolving immigration 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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Selected Publications


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