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Director named for Center for Greater Southwestern Studies

News Release — 20 May 2009


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ARLINGTON - Sam Haynes, associate professor of History, has been appointed the new director for the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography at The University of Texas at Arlington. The interdisciplinary center was created by the Department of History in 1990 to foster research, teaching and scholarship across the campus on the Greater Southwest.

Sam HaynesHistory department chair Robert Fairbanks said the department offered the job to Professor Haynes, who had been serving as interim director since Dr. Richard Francaviglia's retirement in August  2008, after a national search. Haynes, who received his doctorate from the University of Houston, has been a member of the history faculty since 1993. He has authored or co-authored three books, including "James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse." He has a forthcoming book titled "Unfinished Revolution: The American Republic in a British World, 1815-1850" coming out soon.  In addition he was an adviser and research consultant for two television programs on the Mexican-American War, one done by the History Channel and the other by KERA.

Under Haynes' leadership the Center is planning a major commemoration of the Mexican Revolution centennial in the spring of 2010.

"The Mexican Revolution is an event that Americans know little about, yet it prompted the first major migration of Mexican citizens into the United States, and continues to have a major impact on U.S.-Latin-American relations today," Haynes said. 

The commemoration will include art exhibits, a two-day lecture series and other activities, which will be open to the public and will stress the bi-national implications of this event, and draw attention to the ways in which the upheaval transformed the Mexican nation-state.


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