Presenter Bios

James Crisp

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.

Stephen L. Hardin

Stephen L. Hardin is a professor of History at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He is the author of six books, including the award-winning Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution, Texian Macabre: The Melancholy Tale of a Hanging in Early Houston, and Lust for Glory: An Epic Story of Early Texas and the Sacrifice that Defined a Nation, recipient of the 2019 Summerfield G. Roberts Award. When not engaged in the classroom, he serves as an on-air commentator, appearing on such varied venues as the A&E Network, the History Channel, and NBC’s TODAY show, and acted as historical advisor for the John Lee Hancock film, “The Alamo.” Dr. Hardin is an inductee of the Texas Institute of Letters, an admiral in the Texas Navy, and a Life Member and Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association.

Sam Haynes

Sam W. Haynes is professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington, where  he was appointed director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies in May, 2009. Specializing in 19th century Texas and the American Southwest, Haynes is the author of three books, including Soldiers of Misfortune: The Somervell and Mier Expeditions. In addition, he has co-edited several books, including Contested Empire: Rethinking the Texas Revolution. He is also the co-editor, with Cary Wintz, of an anthology, Major Problems in Texas History. Haynes is an active member of several historical organizations, including the Texas State Historical Association. In 1993 he was awarded the Dobie-Paisano prize by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was inducted as a TIL Fellow in 1999. He has also served as an historical consultant for the History Channel and PBS. In 2008 he served as the lead consultant for the History Channel’s two-hour documentary, “The Mexican War.” He is currently the Bill and Rita Clements Senior Research Fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, where he is completing “Border Land: The Struggle for Texas,” for Basic Books.

Jesús F. de la Teja

Jesús F. de la Teja is Regents’ Professor Emeritus at Texas State University, where he taught history, and served as department chairman and as director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest. Between 1985 and 1991 he worked in the Archives and Records Division of the General Land Office. He has published extensively on Spanish, Mexican, and Republic-era Texas, and has served as book review editor for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and as managing editor of Catholic Southwest: A Journal of History and Culture. He was the inaugural State Historian of Texas (2007- 2009), is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and of the Texas Catholic Historical Society, and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the Philosophical Society of Texas. He recently retired from the Executive Director position of the Texas State Historical Association.

James Woodrick

James Victor Woodrick was raised in Austin County, Texas, attended Bellville schools and graduated in 1961. During the next five years he attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. During a 28-year career with DuPont, Jim held positions in technology, operations, business and manufacturing management in Victoria, Alvin, Houston and Orange, Texas, and in Wilmington, North Carolina and Wilmington, Delaware. He served eight years as Plant Manager at DuPontʼs facilities at Chocolate Bayou (Alvin) and Sabine River Works (Orange). After DuPont Jim served for ten years as President of Texas Chemical Council, the trade association representing the state’s chemical industry. Jim has had a lifelong interest in history, particularly that of Texas and Spanish Colonial Mexico, and has published several books on those subjects.

Master of Ceremonies
Jeff Dunn

Jeff Dunn is a practicing attorney with Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC in Dallas. He has had a lifelong interest in the battle of San Jacinto. Jeff has lectured and published articles on the battle, presented tours of the battleground, and advocated for the preservation and interpretation of the battleground landscape. He co-founded the nonprofit San Jacinto Battleground Association (also called the San Jacinto Battleground Conservancy) in 2002 and served as a public member and chairman of the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board (1996 -2007) as an appointee of Governors George W. Bush and Rick Perry.  As chairman of the advisory board, he started the annual San Jacinto Symposium in 2001.  He has also served as a member of the Harris County Historical Commission, Chairman of the Dallas County Historical Commission, and Board member of the Texas State Historical Association.