Gerald E. Poyo is O’Connor Professor in the History of Hispanic Texas and the Southwest and chair of the history department at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas. In 1983, he received his Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of Florida. His research has focused on the intersection of Latin American and U.S. Latino history, especially on the history of Cuban exile communities in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the origins of Tejano communities in colonial and Mexican Texas, and broad Latino history narratives. During the last few years, he has turned his attention to researching Westside San Antonio, the history of Latino St. Mary’s and exploring what it means to be a Public Historian. He is the author and editor of eight books and numerous academic articles. His most recent book is A Latino Memoir: Identity, Family, and the Common Good (Houston: Arte Público Press, 2019).