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Jose Angel Hernandez

Jose Angel Hernandez
Job title
Associate Professor of History
Academic year
January - May 2019 (Philippines) | January 2015 - July 2015 (Mexico) 
Comparative Colonizations on a Global Scale  

Thanks to a Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship during graduate school, Jose researched Mexico’s evolving immigration laws and policies during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As a result of that research, he completed his Ph.D. dissertation at The University of Chicago, and subsequently, his first book - Mexican American Colonization during the Nineteenth Century: A History of the US-Mexico Borderlands (Cambridge University Press, 2012). The monograph was awarded two book prizes, including the inaugural William M. LeoGrande Prize for Best Book on US-Latin American Relations presented by the School of Public Affairs and Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University, and also the "Américo Paredes Book Award" from South Texas College.  In 2015, Jose was awarded a US Fulbright Scholar Award to research in Tijuana, Baja California and Mexico City.

In 2019, Jose was awarded his third Fulbright to research the Colonial archives of Cebu City and Manila, Philippines. Aside from doing primary and secondary research on the Philippines during the Spanish Colonial Era, he also took language courses in Bisayâ (Cebuana/Binisayâ), one of the most spoken languages of the archipelago. Jose's long-term project is titled Comparative Colonizations on a Global Scale and seeks to compare the varied experiences, effects, and expressions of Spanish colonization in Africa, Asia, America, and the Caribbean. Jose is currently an Associate Professor of History at The University of Houston and the Director of Library and Technology Services.  

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