and early national northern Mexico: Social and economic development of
northeastern New Spain; land acquisition and tenure patterns in colonial and
Mexican Texas and Tamaulipas; political interaction between Tejanos and Anglo
Long-term research focus is the Saltillo fair, an annual commercial gathering
held in September or October each year from the eighteenth century through
the mid-nineteenth century, that attracted merchants from central Mexico, and
artisans, hacendados, ranchers, and farmers from
the region. Its origins lie in religious celebrations commemorating the
feasts of the town's patron saints, Santiago and San Agustín.
Because of its social and religious aspects, along with its economic ones,
the fair is a good vehicle through which to study the development of a
regional, northeastern Mexican culture.
second line of research concerns Tejanos and their participation in the
events leading up to and during the Mexican and Texas wars of independence.
"David J. Weber," in Writing the Story of Texas, ed. Patrick L. Cox and Kenneth E.
Hendrickson Jr. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013.
"A Voice Crying in the Wilderness? An Expert
Reviewer’s Experience," in Politics
and the History Curriculum: The Struggle over Standards in Texas and the
Nation, ed. Keith A. Erekson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas. College Station: Texas
A&M University Press, 2010.
"'Buena gana tenía de ir a jugar': The Recreational World of Early San Antonio,
Texas, 1718-1845," International
Journal of the History of Sport 26, 7 (June): 889-905.
"Why Urbano and María
Trinidad Can’t Get Married: Social Relations in Late Colonial San
Historical Quarterly 112, 2 (Oct. 2008): 121-46.
Co-editor with Ross Frank, Choice,
Persuasion, and Coercion: Social Control on Spain's North American Frontiers.
Albuquerque: University of New
Mexico Press, 2005.
"The Saltillo Fair and Its San Antonio
Connections," in Tejano
Epic: Essays in Honor of Félix D. Almaráz, Jr.,
ed. Arnoldo De León. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 2005.
"Ramón de Murillo’s Plan for the Reform of New
Spain’s Frontier Defenses," Southwestern
107, 4 (April 2004): 501-33.
Texas: Crossroads of North America, with Paula Marks and Ron Tyler. Boson: Houghton-Mifflin,
"'A Fine Country with Broad Plains—The Most
Beautiful in New Spain,' Colonial Views of Land and Nature," in On the Border:
An Environmental History of San Antonio, ed. Char Miller. Pittsburgh:
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001.
"'Only Fit for Raising Stock': Spanish and Mexican
Land and Water Rights in the Tamaulipan
Cession," in Fluid
Arguments: Five Centuries of Western Water Conflict, ed. Char Miller.
Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2001.
James at the Fair: Religious Ceremony, Civic Boosterism,
and Commercial Development on the Colonial Mexican Frontier," The Americas: A Quarterly of
Inter-American Cultural History 57, 3 (January 2001): 395-416.
Colonial Texas," in
New Views of Borderlands History, ed. Robert H. Jackson. Albuquerque: University of New
Mexico Press, 1998.
the Tejano Community in 'Early' Texas," Journal of the Early
18, 1 (Spring 1998): 73-98.
Colonization and Independence of Texas: A Tejano Perspective," in Myths, Misdeeds, and
Misunderstandings: The Roots of Conflict in U.S.-Mexican Relations.
Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, 1997.
on the Frontier," in
Tejano Journey, 1770-1850. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996.
"La colonización e independencia
de Texas. El punto de vista tejano," in Mitos
en las relaciones México-Estados Unidos. Mexico:
Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1994.
"Sobrevivencia económica en la
frontera de Texas: los ranchos ganaderos del siglo xviii en San
Antonio de Béxar," Historia Mexicana 42, 168 (abril-junio 1993): 837-865.
collaboration with Galen D. Greaser, "Quieting Title to Spanish and
Mexican Land Grants in the Trans-Nueces: The Bourland
and Miller Commission, 1850-1852," Southwestern
95, 4 (April 1992): 445-464.
Board member, Humanities Texas, state
affiliate of the National Council for the Humanities
Board member, San Jacinto Museum of History
Board member, Southwestern Historical
Founding Board member, Lone Star: The Magazine of Texas History
Book, microfilm, and documentary reviews in, among other
journals, American Historical Review, Journal of American History,
Hispanic American Historical Review, Western Historical Review
, Historia Mexicana, Southwestern
Historical Review, New Mexico Historical Quarterly.