Dr. Cynthia E. Orozco
P.O. Box 7908
Ruidoso, NM 88355
(575) 315-1156

[email protected]



1992 Ph.D. UCLA, History

1982 MA UCLA, History

1980 BA UT Austin, History
Teaching Areas: World Humanities, Western Civilization, US History, American West, New Mexico History, Texas History, Chicanx History, Latinx History, Women’s History

Thesis & Dissertation

"The Origins of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement in Texas with an Analysis of Gendered Participation, 1910-1930," Dissertation, UCLA, 1992

"Conflict between Mexicans and Mexican Americans at the Harlingen Convention: The Genesis of LULAC," Senior honors thesis, UT Austin, 1980


2000 – present, Professor, History & Humanities dept., ENMU, Ruidoso
1997- 2000 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
1993- 1994 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Texas, at San Antonio



Pioneer of Mexican-American Civil Rights: Alonso S. Perales (Houston: Arte Publico Press, 2022)

Agent of Change: Adela Sloss-Vento, Mexican American Civil Rights Activist and Texas Feminist (Austin: Univ. of Texas, 2020)

No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement (Austin: University of Texas at Austin, 2009)

25 entries in the Latinas in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia (Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2006)

Mexican Americans in Texas History, co-edited with Emilio Zamora and Rodolfo Rocha (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 2000)

80 entries in the New Handbook of Texas (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996)

Over 100 newspaper articles & letters to the editor

Book Reviews

Ramon Gutierrez, New Mexico Moses, Reies Lopez Tijerina and the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, Journal of Arizona History, forthcoming, 2023

Benjamin Marquez, The Politics of Patronage: Lawyers, Philanthropy, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Summer 2022

Cathleen Cahill, Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Women’s Suffrage Movement. In Journal of Arizona History, Autumn 2021

Russ Davidson, Joaquin Ortega: Forging Pan-Americanism at the University of New Mexico. In Southwestern Historical Quarterly, July 2021

Angela Boswell, Women in Texas History. In Journal of American History, Fall 2020 Elizabeth Hayes Turner, Stephanie Cole, and Rebecca Sharpless, ed. Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives. In Journal of American History, Sept. 2016

Maggie Rivas Rodriguez, Texas Mexican Americans & Postwar Civil Rights. In American Book Review, Spring 2016

Julie Leininger Pycior, Democratic Renewal and the Mutual Aid Legacy of US Mexicans. In Western Historical Quarterly, Summer 2015

Towns of Lincoln County, Lincoln, Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs, and Ruidoso: The Carmon Phillips Collection, New Mexico Historical Review, Spring 2015

Juan Gomez Quinones and Irene Vasquez, Making Aztlan, Ideology and Culture of the Chicana and Chicano Movement, 1966-1977 in Southwest Historical Quarterly, Spring 2015

Matthew Gritter, Mexican Inclusion: The Origins of Anti-Discrimination Policy in Texas and the Southwest in Southwest Historical Quarterly, Jan. 2014

Jody Agius Vallejo, Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican American Middle Class in Journal of American Studies, 2013

Rodolfo F. Acuna, The Making of Chicana/o Studies in Journal of American History (August 2012)

Brian D. Behnken, Fighting Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans and Civil Rights in Journal of Southern History (November 2012)

Marc Simon Rodriguez, The Tejano Diaspora, Mexican Americanism & Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin in American Historical Review (2012)

Neil Foley, Quest for Equality, The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity in Southwestern Historical Quarterly (Fall 2011)

Craig A. Kaplowitz, LULAC, Mexican Americans, and National Policy in Journal of American Ethnic History (2006)

Benjamin Heber Johnson, Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans into Americans in Journal of American History (2005)

Louis Gerard Mendoza, Historia: The Making of Chicano and Chicana History in Southwestern Historical Quarterly (July 2002)

Julie Leninger Pycior, LBJ and Mexican Americans: The Paradox of Power in Southwestern Historical Quarterly (2002)

Chicano Politics and Society in the Late Twentieth Century, ed. David Montejano, in New Mexico Historical Review (Jan. 2001)

Leticia Garza Falcon, Gente Decente, A Borderlands Response to the Rhetoric of Dominance in Western Historical Quarterly (Fall 2000)

The Faces of Honor, Sex, Shame, and Violence in Colonial Latin America, ed. Lyman L. Johnson and Sonya Lipsett-Rivera in Colonial Latin American Review (Winter 2000)

Neil Foley, The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture in Journal of Southern History (May 1999)

Holly Beachley Brear, Inherit the Alamo: Myth and Ritual at an American Shrine in Western Historical Quarterly (Summer 1996)

Gilbert G. Gonzalez, Labor and Community, Mexican Citrus Workers Villages in a Southern California Country, 1900-1950 in Journal of American History (1996)

Hispanic Texas, A Historical Guide ed. Helen Simons and Cathryn A. Hoyt in Southwestern Historical Quarterly (Jan. 94)

Hecho en Tejas: Texas-Mexican Folk Arts and Crafts, ed. Joe S. Graham in Oral History Review (Winter 1993)

Arnoldo De León, Mexican Americans in Texas in Western Historical Quarterly (Nov. 93)

Richard A. García, The Rise of the Mexican American Middle Class in Southwestern Historical Quarterly (Oct. 1992)