History - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Dr. Laura K. Muñoz

Joe B. Frantz Associate Professor of History 

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 E-mail: laura.munoz@tamucc.edu

Dr. Peter Moore

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AREA OF SPECIALIZATION
 Chicana/o-Latina/o History
 U.S. Women's History
 Oral History
 History of Education
 Arizona History

EDUCATION
 Ph.D., History, Arizona State University
 B.A., English, University of Texas at Austin

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:

As a social historian, I strive to teach history in ways that illuminate the diverse experiences of the American people.  Each of us possesses a unique history and together our stories contribute to a shared past.  For me, this means teaching students how to conceptualize our experiences as dialogues of difference, where diverse sets of historical realities are bound together through interactions across time and place. 

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Muñoz previously coordinated the history M.A. program and has trained nearly 200 students in oral history techniques and practice since joining the faculty in 2006. With her undergraduates, she established the digital oral history collection, “Texas Women Speaking,” which features the lives of 36 women of color and is held at TAMU-CC’s Mary and Jeff Bell Library. 

Muñoz earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas, where she was a newspaper editor of Tejas, and she completed her doctorate at Arizona State University under the guidance of Drs. Vicki L. Ruiz, Gayle Gullett, and Asunción Lavrin. Muñoz was born in Brownsville, where her family traces its roots to Spanish settlement, and she grew up in Corpus Christi where her extended maternal family has lived since 1903. As a result of the 1970 school desegregation plan that emerged from the federal lawsuit Cisneros v. Corpus Christi Independent School District, she attended five public elementary schools before graduating from W.B. Ray High School. These early school experiences inspired her passion for Chicana/o and Latina/o history.

Her dissertation, “Desert Dreams: Mexican American Education in Arizona, 1870-1930,” won the Claude A. Eggertsen Prize from the History of Education Society for her discovery of one of the oldest-known Mexican American school desegregation lawsuits in U.S. history. Her assessment of the case, “Romo v. Laird: Mexican American School Segregation and the Politics of Belonging in Arizona,” appeared in Western Legal History (2013). She is currently writing a history of Mexican American education in Arizona.

AWARDS:

2016, Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, TAMU-CC.

2016, Wagenschein “Mini-Grant” Research Enhancement Award, TAMU-CC.

2011, National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, Washington, D.C.

2010, Teaching Excellence Award, Texas A&M University System.

PUBLICATIONS / WORKS IN PROGRESS:

“A History of Their Own: A Conversation with Vicki L. Ruiz,” with Anupama Arora and Sandrine Sanos, Journal of Feminist Scholarship 11 (Fall 2016), http://www.jfsonline.org/issue11/articles/ruiz/.

“Creating Consciousness, Creating a Legend: A Conversation with Virginia Espino, Historian and Producer of No Más Bebés (2015),” with Anupama Arora and Sandrine Sanos, Journal of Feminist Scholarship 11 (Fall 2016), http://www.jfsonline.org/issue11/articles/espino/.

“Civil Rights, Educational Inequality, and Transnational Takes on the US History Survey,” History of Education Quarterly 56, no. 1 (February 2016), 140-148.

“Ralph Estrada and the War against Racial Prejudice in Arizona,” in Leaders of the Mexican American Generation: Biographical Essays, ed. Anthony Quiroz (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2015), 277-299.

“Romo v. Laird: Mexican American School Segregation and the Politics of Belonging in Arizona,” Western Legal History, Vol. 26, Nos. 1-2 (2013), 97-132. (insert link)

“Hijacks and Hijinks on the U.S. History Review Committee,” with Julio Noboa (University of Texas, El Paso), in Politics and the History Curriculum: The Struggle over Standards in Texas and the Nation, ed. Keith A. Erekson (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 41-60.

Book Manuscript, “Desert Dreams: Mexican American Education in Early Arizona”

CURRENT SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION:

2017-2022, Executive Advisory Board, Texas Handbook of Women, Texas State Historical Association

2017-2018, Program Committee, Western Historical Association

2016-2018, Program Committee, Organization of American Historians

2016-2018, Fellows Retreat Planning Committee, National Academy of Education

2014-2018, Editorial Review Board, Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of MALCS