Department of History
The University of Houston
524 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3003
Dr. Nancy Beck Young
Faculty and Staff
Todd Romero received his BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his MA and Ph.D. from Boston College. He has presented his work at numerous conferences and his research has been supported by fellowships from the Newberry Library, the John Nicholas Brown Center for American Civilization, the Huntington Library, and the Massachusetts Historical Society as well as a research grant from the Phillips Fund for Native American Research at the American Philosophical Society.
Professor Romero teaches the first half of the American history survey as well as undergraduate and graduate courses on colonial American, Native American, Atlantic world, and public history. He was a 2011-2012 recipient of a University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award for his work on undergraduate Core Curriculum courses.
Romero is the author of Making War and Minting Christians: Masculinity, Religion, and Colonialism in Early New England (University of Massachusetts Press, 2011). He is currently working on two other book projects. The first work is a biographical study of the important Indian leader Metacom or King Philip, tentatively titled “King Philip’s New England” (under contract, Oxford University Press). The second work focuses on Indian children from New England to the Chesapeake and is provisionally titled “Colonizing Childhood: Native American Children in British North America.” All of these projects reflect Romero’s interest in religion, colonialism, gender, childhood, violence, labor, and race in early America.
Romero is also an active participant in the Center for Public History, where he is collaborating with Dr. Monica Perales on a number of projects as part of the "Gulf Coast Food Project: History, Culture, and Economy," including a speaker's series, "Food for Thought," and an oral history project, titled "La Louisiane en Tejas: Gulf Coast Foodways in Southeast Texas."
- Making War and Minting Christians: Masculinity, Religion, and Colonialism in Early New England (University of Massachusetts Press, May 2011).
- “Totherswamp’s Lament: Christian Indian Fathers and Sons in Early Massachusetts,” Journal of Family History, 33:1 (January 2008). [The article was part of the “Forum on Race and the Family in the United States: The Other(s)” published by the journal.]
- “Colonizing Childhood: Religion, Gender, and Indian Children in New England, 1620-1720” in James Marten, ed., Children in Colonial America (New York: New York University Press, 2007).
- “‘Ranging Foresters’ and 'Women-Like Men’: Physical Accomplishment, Spiritual Power, and Indian Masculinity in Early Seventeenth-Century New England,” Ethnohistory 53:02 (Spring 2006).