Presenter Bios

James E. Crisp, Ph.D.
Moderator for the Symposium
Professor Emeritus of History, North Carolina State University

Author: “Inside the Texas Revolution: The Enigmatic Memoir of Herman Ehrenberg” (TSHA, 2021)
Author: “Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett’s Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution” (Oxford Univ Press, 2014)

James E. Crisp is Professor Emeritus of History at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He has authored or co-authored 10 books relating to Texas history, and his work has received state, national, and international awards for excellence. His award-winning Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett’s Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution has been translated into Spanish and published in Mexico. For the past 28 years, he has been gathering evidence for a thoroughly annotated translation of Herman Ehrenberg’s enigmatic memoir of the Texas Revolution–originally published in Germany in 1843. Since most of what has been written by Texas historians about Ehrenberg is false, and much of what Ehrenberg himself has to say is equally false, a thoroughly documented account of his nevertheless valuable and famous memoir is long overdue.

Miguel Ángel González-Quiroga, M.A.
Affiliated Researcher at University of Texas at San Antonio
Topic:  Causes of the Texas Revolution from the Mexican Perspective

Miguel Ángel González-Quiroga is a transnational scholar who was born in Nuevo León, Mexico, and has taught Mexican and US history at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. He has coauthored, coedited, or translated five books, including “Texas y el norte de México” (with Mario Cerutti), and his most recent book, “War and Peace on the Rio Grande Frontier, 1830–1880,” which offers a compelling new interpretation of a pivotal period of borderlands history.

Andrew Torget, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History, University of North Texas
Topic: Slavery as a Cause of the Texas Revolution

Andrew J. Torget is a historian of nineteenth-century North America at the University of North Texas, where he holds the University Distinguished Teaching Professorship.  An award-winning speaker, he has been featured at Harvard, Stanford, Rice, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and the Library of Congress.  The author and editor of several books, his most recent, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850, won twelve book prizes and awards and was hailed by Texas Monthly as “the most nuanced and authoritative rewriting of Texas’s origin myth to date.”  In 2018, he set a Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest History Lesson by lecturing on Texas history for 26.5 hours straight, which was seen online by more than 30 million people.  In 2020 he was awarded the Mary Jon and J.P. Bryan Leadership in Education Award from the Texas State Historical Association.

Richard B. McCaslin, Ph.D.
Professor of History, TSHA Professor of Texas History at the University of North Texas
Topic:  Causes of the Texas Revolution from the Texan Colonist Perspective

Richard B. McCaslin has written or edited nineteen books. These include Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1862, which won a Tullis Award, Lee in the Shadow of Washington, which won a Laney Prize and Slatten Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer, Fighting Stock: John S. “Rip” Ford of Texas, which got a Pate Award and Bates Award, At the Heart of Texas: One Hundred Years of the Texas State Historical Association, 1897-1997, which won an Award of Merit from the Texas Philosophical Society, and Saratoga on the Cibolo: Sutherland Springs, Texas, which received a Publication Award from the San Antonio Conservation Society.  A TSHA Fellow, he also has commendations from the Civil War Round Tables in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Shreveport for his academic work. 

Sam W. Haynes, PhD
Professor of History, University of Texas at Arlington and  Director, Center for Southwestern Studies, University of Texas at Arlington
Topic:  Causes of the Texas Revolution from the Perspective of the United States

Sam W. Haynes is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington and director of UTA’s Center for Greater Southwestern Studies. His new book, Unsettled Land: From Revolution to Republic, The Struggle for Texas,” a reassessment of the 1835-1836 revolt and its consequences for the people of Texas, will be published by Basic Books in May. He is also the author of Unfinished Revolution: The Early American Republic in a British World (2010); James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse (1996), and Soldiers of Misfortune: The Somervell and Mier Expeditions (1990). He is the editor of numerous other works on Texas and the American Southwest, including Contested Empire: Rethinking the Texas Revolution (with Gerald Saxon, 2015) and Major Problems in Texas History (with Cary Wintz, 2015). Haynes is a fellow of the Texas Institute of Letters and the Texas State Historical Association. He received his PhD from the University of Houston.

Art Martinez de Vara, J.D.
Topic: Causes of the Texas Revolution from the Perspective of Tejanos

ART MARTÍNEZ DE VARA is a historian, author, and attorney. He holds a master of arts in history from Sam Houston State University and a doctorate in law from St. Mary’s University.  He is an adjunct faculty at Our Lady of the Lake University and served as mayor of Von Ormy, Texas, from 2008–2015. He is the author of several books and the winner of the 2016 Texas State Genealogical Society Grand Prize Book Award and the 2014 Presidio La Bahia Award.