College:College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise:19th-century Texas history, especially slavery in Texas and Reconstruction; early national period of U.S. history (1769-1848)
Education:Ph.D., history, University of Virginia M.A., history, University of Virginia B.S., education, University of Virginia
Activities:Has written or co-written eight books, including Grass Roots Reconstruction in Texas, 1865-1880; An Empire for Slavery: The Peculiar Institution in Texas, 1821-1865; and Sam Houston and the American Southwest; as well as countless articles and book reviews. Gave a lecture on Sam Houston for The History Channel in fall 1996. Past president of the Texas State Historical Association and member of the Southern Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians and the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic.