Dr. Eric V. Meeks

Research and teaching interests 


Most of my research and teaching focuses on the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, race and ethnicity in North America, Chicana/o history, and indigenous history.  My first book, Border Citizens: The Making of Indians, Mexicans, and Anglos in Arizona (2007) examines how ethno-racial classifications and identities crystallized among the diverse indigenous, mestizo, and European-descended residents of Arizona’s borderlands as the region was politically and economically incorporated into the United States between 1880 and 1980. I am currently working on a synthesis of two centuries of U.S.-Mexican borderlands history, beginning with the War for Mexican Independence in the early nineteenth century and focusing on identity, power, and state-formation in what would become northern Mexico and the southwestern United States.

This is my hour-long interview with the Texas NPR program "Think" about the history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. The link is http://think.kera.org/2017/02/15/the-history-of-the-u-s-mexico-border/ 



Undergraduate courses


HIS 200: Introduction to History
HIS 291: U.S. History to 1865
HIS 292: U.S. History since 1865
HIS 381: The U.S.-Mexican Borderlands
HIS 396: Chicana/o History
HIS 496: Race and Ethnicity in the United States
HIS 498c: Senior Capstone Course: Research on the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands


Graduate courses


HIS 505: Readings on Indigenous History in North America
HIS 565: Readings on Race and Ethnicity in the United States
HIS 565: Readings on Race, Nation, and Citizenship in the U.S. and the World
HIS 592: Readings on the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands
HIS 692: Research on the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands


Select publications



The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: A Transnational Study (book in progress)

Border Citizens: The Making of Indians, Mexicans, and Anglos in Arizona (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007)


Journal articles


“Protecting the White Citizen Worker: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in South-Central Arizona, 1929-1945,” Journal of the Southwest 48, 1 (spring 2006): 91-113.

“The Tohono O’odham, Wage Labor, and Resistant Adaptation, 1900-1930,” Western Historical Quarterly 34, 4 (winter 2003): 468-489.

“Cross-Ethnic Political Mobilization and Yaqui Identity Formation in Guadalupe, Arizona,” Reflexiones: New Directions in Mexican American Studies, 1997, ed. Neil Foley (Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1998): 77-108. 


Book reviews


Book reviews in the Journal of American History, the American Historical Review, the Pacific Historical Quarterly, the Journal of Contemporary History, the Journal of American Ethnic History, the Western Historical Quarterly, Labor: Studies of Working-class History in the Americas, Ethnohistory, The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History, and the Journal of Arizona History.




Bill and Rita Clements Senior Fellowship for the Study of Southwestern America, Southern Methodist University, 2016.

Research Award for Border Citizens as the Most Significant Scholarly Work by a faculty member at Northern Arizona University, 2010

Southwest Book Award for Border Citizens, 2009, awarded by the Border Regional Libraries Association

Finalist for the Public History Award for Border Citizens, from the National Council on Public History, 2008

Clements Research Fellowship for the Study of Southwestern America, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, fall 2005

Bolton-Kinnaird Award for the best article published in 2003 on the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, awarded by the Western History Association, fall 2004

Oscar O. Winther Award for the best article appearing in the Western Historical Quarterly in 2003, awarded by the Board of Editors of the WHQ, fall 2004

Intramural Research Grants, Northern Arizona University, 2003, 2004, and 2008

University Dissertation Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 1999-2000

Morris K. Udall Research Grant, University of Arizona, 1999

Walter Prescott Webb Southwestern Dissertation Fellowship, University of Texas History Department, 1998-1999

Western History Association Trennert-Iverson Conference Scholarship, 1998

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith Prize for the best paper in Mexican American Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1997