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Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Associate Professor of History, was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, and grew up in Taft, Corpus Christi, and Edinburg, Texas. After graduating from MIT, he worked as an engineer for five years before returning to graduate school at UCLA, where he obtained his master’s and doctorate degrees. Dr. Valerio-Jiménez has taught courses on borderlands, Latinas/os, immigration, and the American West at universities in California, New York, Texas, and Iowa. He has also been involved in several research and public engagement projects to publicize Latina/o and borderlands history and to promote Latina/o Studies.

His first book, River of Hope: Forging Identity and Nation in the Rio Grande Borderlands (Duke University Press, 2013), explores state formation and cultural change along the Mexico-United States border during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His second book project is a transnational study of the U.S.-Mexican War that examines memory, identity, and civil rights. Dr. Valerio-Jiménez is a co-editor of Major Problems in Latina/o History (Cengage Learning, 2014), and a co-editor of The Latina/o Midwest Reader (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming 2017). His articles have appeared in the Annals of Iowa, Journal of Women’s HistoryEstudios Mexicanos/Mexican Studies, and the Journal of American Ethnic History. In support of his research and writing, he has obtained fellowships from SMU’s William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, the Western History Association, UCSD’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, the Charles Redd Center, the Newberry Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Valerio-Jiménez is on leave until August 2017.


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