Dr. Jose Roberto Juarez, former professor of history at Texas A&M International University, has been named President of the Texas Catholic Historical Society (TCHS) for 2000-2001.
Dr. Juarez, who retired from the A&M International faculty in 1997, will head the Austin-based organization dedicated to documenting and preserving the diverse history of Texas Catholicism.
Born and educated in Laredo, Juarez graduated from St. Augustine High School and earned a bachelor's and master's degrees at St. Edward's University. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Texas at Austin.
His academic research has earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright Fellowships which permitted historical research in the US and Mexico archives. He has published numerous research articles including appearances in journals such as The Hispanic American Historical Review, Historia Mexicana and Atzlán.
He remains a popular lecturer on Mexican history and the history of the Mexican American in Texas and the Southwest.
In addition to his faculty service at A&M International from 1994 1997, he has been a member of the faculties at St. Edward's University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California at Davis.
In addition to his service to the TCHS, he is secretary of the Webb County Heritage Foundation, Historical Markers Chair of the Webb County Historical Commission, and Chair of the Membership Committee of the Texas State Historical Association.
He is currently completing a manuscript on the recuperation of church wealth in the archdiocese of Guadalajara, 1860-1911.
He and his wife Toni, also a longtime educator, make their home in Laredo.
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