Release Date: April 16, 2009
Reception to Honor Research Award Recipient De Le�n
Angelo State University history professor Dr. Arnoldo De Le�n will be honored with a public reception 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in recognition of his selection as the inaugural ASU recipient of the Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award.
The reception, sponsored by the ASU Department of History and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, will be in the West Texas Collection Gallery on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont. Both campus and community friends of De Le�n’s are invited to attend and congratulate the ASU scholar on receiving the research award. The recognition by the TTUS Chancellor’s Council carried with it a $10,000 honorarium.
In all, De Le�n has authored 15 scholarly books or monographs, edited 2 collections of scholarly essays, written multiple encyclopedia entries, made 30 academic presentations, published 64 book reviews, and produced more than 40 scholarly articles. Several works are forthcoming.
De Le�n’s They Called Them Greasers: Anglo Attitudes Toward Mexicans in Texas 1821-1900 is one of the seminal works in Texas history and considered by some to be one of the top 10 books ever written on Texas history.
His influence on the understanding of Texas history is recognized at all levels of the educational process. When the state’s seventh graders study Texas history, they are likely to read Texas and Texans, the textbook De Le�n published in 2002 with four co-authors. The most-used collegiate textbook on the state’s past is The History of Texas, which he co-authored with Robert A. Calvert and Gregg Cantrell.
For college courses examining the state’s Hispanic history, De Le�n has written Mexican Americans in Texas, now in its third edition. Those studying the nation’s Hispanic past, look to his North to Aztl�n: A History of Mexican Americans in the United States, now in its second edition.
Perhaps De Leon’s greatest achievement has been in re-shaping the view of Hispanics in Texas history.
As he told the Fall 2008 edition of the Angelo State University Magazine, “I am particularly interested in portraying Texas Mexicans as subjects in the ongoing Texas story and not merely as the objects in another people’s history.”