History Alumnus Honored by American Historical Association
Posted: February 16, 2012
Andrés Tijerina with Anthony Grafton. Photo by Marc Monaghan.
The American Historical Association honored an alumnus of the History Department at its annual meeting this January. Andrés Tijerina received the Individual Equity Award, which was created in 1996 to recognize historians who have promoted the “recruitment and retention of students and new faculty from racial and ethnic groups under-represented within the historical profession.”
As a “professor of history and mentor to Tejano students,” the award notes, Dr. Tijerina “has worked diligently to enhance diversity within the historical profession.”
Dr. Tijerina received his Ph.D. in History at UT in 1977, and has been a professor at Austin Community College since 1997. “I've been told I'm the first Mexican American to receive a Ph.D. in American History at UT,” said Professor Tijerina,”though I've never confirmed that.” Decades later, Tijerina continues to maintain ties with UT History and to contribute crucial expertise to the study and teaching of Borderlands and Tejano history.
He is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, a series editor for Texas A&M University Press, and the author of numerous books and articles on Tejano history. He has participated twice in UT’s Onda Latina Collection project, which consists of over 200 digitally preserved audio programs including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns from the radio series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982. Those interviews are available here and here.
Tijerina is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Tejano Monument, a 33-foot bronze sculpture that will be placed on the grounds of the Texas Capitol. The monument, "an enduring legacy that both acknowledges and pays tribute to the contributions by Tejanos as permanent testimony of the Spanish-Mexican heritage that has influenced and is inherent in present-day Texas culture," according to the Tejano Monument's web site. (See: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/history/news/4563)
Professor Tijerina will be an invited scholar at the upcoming UT Pan Am Festival of International Books and Arts. You can see his presentation in the "The Spanish Texas Studies Project" session on Colonial Spanish Texas Speaker Series on March 27. More information at the UTPA Festiba web site.
See the AHA Awards article here:
Photo of Andrés Tijerina and Anthony Grafton, courtesy of Marc Monaghan. (c) Marc Monaghan Photography, http://www.marcmonaghan.com/