History Alum inducted as Texas' first State Historian
Posted: June 19, 2007
He retains this designation for two years from the date of the ceremony on May 29, 2007. De la Teja is a professor and chair of the Department of History at Texas State University-San Marcos. He previously served as director of archives and records at the Texas General Land Office and he assisted novelist James A. Michener with research.
He has authored a catalog of books, journal and reference articles, reviews and scripts. De la Teja is a member of the East Texas History Association, the Western History Association, and the Texas Institute of Letters. He also serves as president of the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. de la Teja received his PhD in Latin American history in 1988. His dissertation, "Land and Society in 18th Century San Antonio de Bexar: A Community on New Spain's Northern Frontier," was written under the supervision of Dr. Nettie Lee Benson.
The UT History Department's program in Latin American history is consistently ranked number one in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report's annual college graduate program rankings.
One of the research resources for the program is The Latin American Collection unit of the University of Texas libraries. It is named in honor of Dr. Nettie Lee Benson, who was an authority on Mexican and Latin American history. She was the director of the collection from 1942-1975, adding more than 275,000 volumes to it during that time. The collection is known world-wide for its extensive materials dating back to the fifteenth century to the present.
Dr. J. F. de la Teja, Professor and Chair, History Department, Texas State University, San Marcos
University of Texas History Department's graduate program
Dr. de la Teja is also the current president of the Texas State Historical Association
About the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection