Digital Humanities

Chicana/o Activism in the Southern Plains Through Time and Space

This digital history project examines the Southern Plains portion of the Chicana/o Civil Rights Movement over time and space through an interactive map and timeline. The project is meant for public and scholarly use. The interactive map and timeline highlight the most important points of the region’s Chicana/o Movement. The geographic points and accompanying images have been found through research in various archives, extensive oral history fieldwork, along with the mining of newspaper and secondary sources. 

Public Writing

Border enforcement has been deadly by design.” The Washington Post, Made by History column. January 20, 2023. Republished in Bunk.

Invading other countries to ‘help’ people has long had devastating consequences.” The Washington Post, Made by History column. September 10, 2021. Republished in Bunk

“Jovita Idar,” “Mercedes Deiz,” “Sonny Montes,” and “Beatrice Morrow Cannady.” School Renaming Recommendations: Historical Research Submitted for School Renaming Process of Corvallis School District, School Renaming Task Force, Corvallis School District, Corvallis, OR. May 2021.  

Remembering Cesar Chavez’s Tactics is Key to Empowering Workers and Consumers.” The Washington Post. Made by History column. March 31, 2021. 

Mapping the Chicana/o Movement in the American Heartland.” In Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: A Digital Project Handbook, edited by Beth Fischer and Hannah Jacobs (Durham, NC: Wired! Lab for Digital Art History and Visual Culture, Duke University, 2020).

“Uncovering the Interior Border/Frontera and Building Community Through Digital Humanities.” United Fronteras. September 21, 2020. 

“1878 Quitaque Massacre” Undertold Marker Application (Austin: Texas Historical Commission, 2020). 

American Civilization and Its Jagged Frontier: The Depiction of the U.S.-Mexico Border as Rough Country.” ANZASA Online (blog). July 20, 2020. 

Chicana/o Activism in the Southern Plains Through Time and Space,” Digital Frontiers: A WHA Digital History Blog(blog). October 14, 2019.

“Dynamic Digital Methods for Integrating Local History into Public History Institutions and the K-16 Classroom; a Western History Association Sponsored Workshop.” The Future of the Past (blog). November 26, 2018. 

The Digital Present and Future of the Past: Digital History at the 2018 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting.” The Future of the Past (blog). April 23, 2018. 

“Mass Migrant Deaths in the Borderlands and the Politics of Mexican-Americanism.” Borderlands History (blog).January 2018.

“Digitally Mapping and Exhibiting the Plains’ Chicana/o Movement.” The Future of the Past (blog). August 30, 2017.

“Aztlan Park,” “Brown Plaza and Casa de la Cultura,” “La Mujer Obrera,” “Pike Park,” “San Elizario.” Hispanic Texans: Journey from Empire to Democracy, A Guide for Heritage Travelers. Austin: Texas Historical Commission, 2015. 

“Where Does Chicano Come From and What Does Chicano Mean?” El Editor (Lubbock, TX), October 24, 2013. 

“Cecilia Rodriguez: A Notable Latina.” Latinitas Magazine, January 2013.

Lead Author. Application for Proposed San Elizario Historical Arts District, San Elizario, Texas. Austin, TX: Office of State Representative Mary González, 2013.