Faculty and Staff

Dr. Jonathan W. Murphy

Department Chair

Dr. Jonathan W. Murphy

Associate Professor
AIC 378

Jonathan Murphy is an Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Humanities at Texas A&M International University. Besides book chapters and review essays, Murphy has published several articles which have appeared in a variety of impactful journals including The Comparatist, Arizona Quarterly, Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, Edgar Allan Poe Review, and most recently, Contextualizaciones Latinoamericanas. One of his three book chapters was placed in a collected volume published by Oxford UP. His book manuscript in progress is titled, “At the Tomb of the American Renaissance.” In it, he examines the responses of the major authors of the American Renaissance to two significant contexts: the arrival of Coleridge’s Aids to Reflection upon American shores in the first part of the nineteenth century, and the struggle for the abolition of slavery that would eventually culminate in the US Civil War.

Dr. M. Broncano

Dr. Manuel Broncano

Regents Professor
AIC 348

Manuel Broncano received his Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Salamanca in Spain. He worked at the Department of English of the University of León in Spain, under various categories, from 1989 to 2009, when he moved to Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. He currently serves as a TAMU Regents Professor of English and is the Director of the English and Spanish programs at TAMIU. Dr. Broncano is past President of the International American Studies Association (2015 -2019). He is currently Vice-President of HispaUSA (Association for the Study of Hispanic Peoples in the United States). Besides his scholarship in literary studies, Dr. Broncano is also an active translator. He has published numerous scholarly articles on the American Southwest, translated several books from English to Spanish, and edited multiple collected volumes. His most recent scholarly monograph, Religion in Cormac McCarthy’s Fiction: Apocryphal Borderlands, was published by Routledge in 2014.

Dr Irma Cantú

Dr. Irma L. Cantú

Associate Professor
AIC 332

Irma Cantú is Associate Professor of Mexican and Colonial literature at Texas A&M International University. She has published numerous articles and essays on travel writing and Orientalism in journals in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. She has contributed to several volumes of literary and cultural criticism, such as Materias dispuestas: Juan Villoro ante la crítica, edited by José Ramón Ruisánchez and Oswaldo Zavala (Candaya, 2011), Colonial Itineraries of Contemporary Mexico, edited by Oswaldo Estrada and Anna M. Nogar (University of Arizona Press, 2014), and Los oficios del nómada. Fabio Morábito ante la crítica, edited by Sarah Pollack and Tamara Williams (UNAM, 2016).

Dr. Jose Cardona-Lopez

Dr. José Cardona-López

Regents Professor
AIC 344

José Cardona-López is a TAMU Regents Professor. He teaches Spanish Language, Spanish American Literature, and Creative Writing at the Department of Humanities. He was a faculty of the Spanish School at Middlebury College (2003-2011). He holds an MA from the University of Louisville, and a PhD from the University of Kentucky. His major fields of expertise are 20th Century and Contemporary Spanish American Literature, and Creative Writing. His research is focused on the Spanish American narrative (with an emphasis on the short novel or nouvelle) and poetry. In conjunction with scholars from Sorbonne Université (Paris) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico City), from 2016 to 2019, he co-organized the annual Interuniversity Seminar “Plural Writings: Theory and Praxis of the Short Novel,” which was delivered virtually through a videoconference system. He is a Contributing Editor for the Handbook of Latin American Studies (Library of Congress). He has published an academic and critical book, Theory and Practice of Nouvelle (2003). Some titles of his works in fiction include the novel Sueños para una siesta (1986), the short story collections Siete y tres nueve (2003), Do outro lado do acaso (2018), and the short novel Mercedes (e-book, 2014)

Kaitlyn Culliton

Dr. Kaitlyn Culliton

Assistant Professor
AIC 333

Kaitlyn Culliton, Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M International University, holds a Ph.D. from Trinity College in Dublin. She is a specialist in early modern English literature, with particular interests in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, poetry, early modern folklore, and cultural geography. Her teaching interests include British Literature from across the Medieval and early Modern periods. Her current research project, titled, “Fairies in Modern English Drama: Fictionality and Theatrical Landscapes, 1575-1615,” focuses on changes to fairy characters in English dramatic texts across the late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries.

Dr. John E. Dean

Dr. John E. Dean

Associate Professor
AIC 352

John E. Dean is an Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas, where he specializes in American literature, race studies, and postcolonial theory. He is the author of two peer-reviewed books, How Myth Became History: Texas Exceptionalism in the Borderlands (U of Arizona P, 2016) and Travel Narratives from New Mexico: Reconstructing Identity and Truth (Cambria P, 2009), and two peer-reviewed book chapters and book reviews. Dean is currently working on his third book on colonial and American nationalism, tentatively titled “Nationalism and the Border: A History of Justification for Racial Violence and Inequality in the Name of Cultural Preservation.”

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Dr. Robert Haynes

AIC 350

Dr. Robert Haynes has taught at Texas A&M International University since January 1992. His courses have included medieval topics, including Chaucer and medieval drama, as well as a variety of courses focused on the Renaissance, particularly Shakespeare. His book The Major Plays of Horton Foote was published in 2010, and his edited volume Critical Insights: Horton Foote appeared in 2016. He continues to publish articles on Foote and on Renaissance England. In 2016, he received the South Central Modern Language Association’s SCMLA Poetry Prize ($500). Writing as R. W. Haynes, he published two poetry collections (Laredo Light and Let the Whales Escape) in 2019.

Dr. Andrew J. Hazelton

Dr. Andrew J. Hazelton

Assistant Professor
AIC 362

Andrew Hazelton is an Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M International University. He earned his Ph.D. in US working-class history from Georgetown University. His research focuses on labor, race, and migration with a particular emphasis on North American farm labor markets, Mexican workers, and the state. His book project on the Bracero Program examines farm labor migration, agri-businesses, the labor movement, and guest worker policies in the United States and Mexico between the 1930s and the 1960s. He teaches courses in US history.


Adam Kozaczka

Dr. Adam Kozaczka

Assistant Professor
AIC 331

Adam Kozaczka earned his PhD in English in 2019 from Syracuse University, where he studied the eighteenth-century and Romantic-era British novel. His dissertation, currently being transformed into a book manuscript, examines the overlaps between two distinction notions of ‘character’: character in the novel and character evidence in the courtroom. Work related to this dissertation and to other projects have appeared in the European Romantic Review, in the Burney Journal, in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, in a reference book, and in two edited critical collections. He teaches and researches in fields related to the overlaps between literature and law, and is interested in gender, the historical novel, popular culture, genre fiction, and representations of crime and violence in literary texts. He has taught courses in British literature, composition, women’s & gender studies, and debate.

Abigail Meert

Dr. Abigail Meert

Assistant Professor
AIC 363

Dr. Abigail Meert is an Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M International University. Her research focuses on the study of conflict and society in East Africa, looking specifically at how East African political leaders have constructed and asserted their legitimacy since independence. She received her Ph.D. in History from Emory University in 2019. Her research has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including a TAMIU University Travel Grant, a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad award, and multiple Foreign Language and Area Studies summer fellowships.

Dr. Paul J. Niemeyer 

Dr. Paul J. Niemeyer

Associate Professor
AIC 336

Paul J. Niemeyer is an Associate Professor of English and has been employed at TAMIU since 2007. He received his PhD in English from the University of Arizona. Among his publications are the monograph Seeing Hardy: Film and Television Adaptations of Thomas Hardy’s Fiction (McFarland, 2003), the first single-authored study of Hardy on the screen; and “The Royal Red-Headed Variant: The Prisoner of Zenda and the Heredity Debates of 1893” (College Literature 42. 1 [2015]). His most recent work, “‘What We See Him’: Boldwood and the Role of Man in Two Film Adaptations of Far from the Madding Crowd,” appeared in The Thomas Hardy Journal 35 (2019). Among his teaching interests are Victorian literature, and such genres as Adventure, Espionage, and Horror.

Mr. William J. Nolen 

Mr. William J. Nolen

AIC 324

William Nolen is ABD in the English Literature and Criticism PhD program at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His doctoral dissertation, in progress, examines the prevalence of ancient apocalyptic tropes in contemporary popular culture. Nolen received his Master of Arts in English from Texas A&M International University with a thesis studying the American transcendentalist examination of the 19th century’s loss of the hero. His first MA degree in Philosophy was earned at Boston College where he studied Marx, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Camus. Mr. Nolen has been a full-time English Instructor in the Department of Humanities since 2011.

Dr. Aaron A. Olivas

Dr. Aaron A. Olivas

Associate Professor
AIC 343

Dr. Aaron Alejandro Olivas is an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M International University. He earned his PhD from UCLA in 2013 and his MA from the University of Chicago in 2004. He is a specialist in the socio-political culture of the Iberian Atlantic World and Latin America, and in particular of trans-imperial relations and the integration of Spanish colonial subjects into the politics of early modern European empires. His current book project analyzes the transition from Habsburg to Bourbon dynastic rule in the viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru during the War of the Spanish Succession (1700-1715). His research reveals the role of French cloth merchants, ministers of state, and slave traders (agents of the Compagnie Royale de Guinée) in consolidating Bourbon sovereignty in Spanish America and combating the dynasty’s enemies in the Americas and Europe through the Asiento (colonial slave monopoly). He has published articles on Latin America’s role in early modern global wars, the transatlantic slave trade, political resistance in 18th-Century Manila, Spanish colonial spectacles during the early Bourbon period, and European theatrical representations of the conquest of Mexico. His teaching interests are focused on the history of the broader Hispanic World (Latin America and Spain).

Nathaniel Racine

Dr. Nathaniel Racine

Assistant Professor
AIC 325

Nathaniel R. Racine holds a PhD in English from Temple University in Philadelphia and a professionally-accredited MA degree in Urban Planning from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Before arriving to TAMIU, he taught at various institutions in the Philadelphia area and was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar to Mexico in 2018-2019. His interdisciplinary approach to the humanities draws from the fields of geography and urbanism, and to reading literature and culture across regional and hemispheric contexts. His most recent work focuses on the cultural exchange between the U.S. and Mexico during the interwar period and through midcentury.

Dr. Charlene Summers

Dr. Charlene Summers

Assistant Professional
AIC 326

Charlene Summers obtained her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Kansas in 2015. She has been at Texas A&M International University since 2016. Besides teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Rhetoric and Composition, she also serves as the Director of the First Year Writing Program at TAMIU and is the Assistant Director of “Writing Beyond Borders.” Her research specialty is in fields in Rhetoric and Composition (transfer theory, genre theory, first-year writing pedagogy, composition curriculum design, program assessment, grammar, non-fiction writing, technical writing), as well as identity theory, popular culture, and the public sphere, especially where democracy, education, and citizenship intersect.

Dr. Jerry D. Thompson 

Dr. Jerry D. Thompson

Regents Professor
AIC 365

Jerry Thompson is Regents and Piper Professor of History and author of twenty-seven books by six university presses on the history of the US Civil War and the Southwestern borderlands. His most recent book, from the University of Oklahoma Press, Wrecked Lives and Lost Souls, was published in 2019. Dr. Thompson’s 530-page co-authored biography of General John Ellis Wool is due out by the same press in 2020. Earlier this year, Thompson had an article on the Civil War in Texas published in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. His 950-page History of the New Mexico Volunteers and Militia in the Civil War, which took him ten years to research and write, was published in 2015 and has since received excellent reviews. Tejano Tiger, his biography of José de los Santos Benavides, a legendary figure on the Rio Grande frontier, was published by the Texas Christian University Press in 2018 and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize

Dr. Donovan S. Weight 

Dr. Donovan S. Weight

Associate Professional
AIC 315

Dr. Donovan Weight is an Associate Professional of History in the Humanities Department at Texas A&M International University. He received his PhD in History from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in December of 2010. His dissertation explored the meaning of slavery and the role that their Central African heritage played in the lives of the enslaved people in the French Illinois Country during the eighteenth century. Dr. Weight is a specialist in Early American, African American, and African Diasporic History. He has taught upper division courses in America covering every era from colonization to the Gilded Age. He has also taught surveys in Early, Modern, and African America, as well as the History of the Atlantic World. His work has been published in various publications including the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society and The History Teacher. Dr. Weight’s current research delves into Early American Religious history with a specific focus on Thomas Bullock, an early Mormon Pioneer.

Dr. Jean Paul Tadoum

Dr. Jean Paul Tadoum

Associate Professional
AIC 316

Jean Paul Tadoum is an Associate Professional of French and German at Texas A&M International University in Laredo. He earned his PhD in French and German Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a Masters of Arts (M.A.) degree in Germanistik (German Literature and Linguistics) from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, Germany. His research focuses on the influences of African oral traditions and the literary transposition of semantic structures from African languages and cultures into the French language. He utilizes Chantal Zabus’ explanations of how the process of indigenization leads to relexification, the process by which Francophone African authors seek to display their linguistic innovation by attempting to merge their local African languages with the French language.

Dr. Deborah Blackwell

Dr. Deborah Blackwell

Associate Professor
AIC 314

Dr. Melody Carrière

Dr. Melody Carrière

Assistant Professional
AIC 318

Dr Julien Carrière

Dr. Julien F. Carrière

Assistant Professional
AIC 320

Dr. Stephen M. Duffy

Dr. Stephen M. Duffy

Associate Provost/Director of Q.E.P
Associate Professor
KLM 332A


Dr. Kevin Lindberg

Associate Provost/Director of Com. Engagement & PROF Center
Associate Professor
KLM 332

Dr Agustín Martinez-Samos

Dr. Augustín Martínez-Samos

Associate Professor
AIC 356

Dr. Thomas Mitchell

Dr. Thomas R. Mitchell

Regents Professor
KLM 329A

Dr. Lola O. Norris

Dr. Lola O. Norris

Associate Professor
AIC 335

Dr. Deborah M. Scaggs

Dr. Deborah M. Scaggs

Associate Professional
AIC 312


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