Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Anthony Quiroz

An Outstanding Islander

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A Scholar and a Caballero
Dr. Anthony Quiroz strongly believes that his purpose in life is to validate the Mexican American experience. In addition to teaching his students about Mexican American history, the chair of the Department of Humanities is actively involved in service that benefits and promotes the Hispanic community. Quiroz, who arrived at the Island University in1996 from Victoria College, and the University of Houston at Victoria, by way of the University of Iowa, was co-organizer and emcee of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s recent Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day Celebration. Quiroz reaches beyond the classroom as organizer and presenter at numerous University events celebrating the American GI Forum. The first-generation college student says it wasn’t until after high school that he developed a serious interest in history and how social relationships are formed through class, power and structure. His areas of emphasis include Mexican American history, U.S. Labor history and U.S. 20th century political history. Quiroz’s position as a history professor allows him the opportunity to teach, and provide scholarship and engagement in writing and research. Quiroz, who has presented at conferences across the country and participates in various committees, has written one book, “Claiming Citizenship: Mexican Americans in Victoria, Texas” and published two book chapters and many articles in professional journals. In 2007, he won the College of Liberal Arts “Scholarship Award” and a national prize from the American Association for State and Local History for Best Book on State and Local History. Recently, Quiroz participated in the KEDT-TV Challenge.

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