Neil Foley is a Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Texas. He received his Ph.D. in American Culture in 1990 from the University of Michigan. Professor Foley's teaching fields include borderlands history, Mexican American history, Race and Ethnicity in the U.S., social and cultural history of the U.S.-Mexico border, Mexican immigration and civil rights politics of Mexican and African Americans in the 20th-century United States.
His first book, "The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture" (University of California Press, 1997), won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians, the Pacific Coast Branch Award of the American Historical Association, and numerous other awards. His most recent books are "Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity" (Harvard University Press, 2010); and "Latino USA: Mexicans and the Remaking of America" is forthcoming from Harvard University Press. Professor Foley is also the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowship and two Fulbright Fellowships to Berlin and Mexico City. Professor Foley is a Distinguished Lecturer of the Organization of American Historians and has lectured extensively in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.