Gerald E. Poyo

Gerald E. Poyo

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).

Amanda Hill

Amanda Hill

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Amanda Hill is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at St. Mary’s University specializing in storytelling and media production. She has presented internationally and has published in a diverse range of journals including Media Education Research Journal; Storytelling, Self, Society; Visual Ethnography; and Community Literacy Journal. She holds a Ph.D. in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida.

Authored Westside Stories: A Virtual Platform to Showcase the Research of the Westside San Antonio Humanities Project with help from St. Mary’s University students.

Lindsey Wieck

Lindsey Wieck,

Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of History and Director of Graduate Public History

Lindsey Wieck joined St. Mary’s University in 2017 as the director of the Master of Arts in Public History program. She received her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Notre Dame in May 2016 and was a postdoctoral fellow there for 2016-2017. While doing her research, Wieck grew excited by the possibilities to integrate GIS, text analysis, and data visualizations into her work on Latino community formation and gentrification in the Mission District of San Francisco. She also specializes in the history of the American West, race and ethnicity, and American cities. She enjoys incorporating digital technologies in her teaching and also emphasizes digital writing and communication in her courses.

Co-authored Water and Structural Inequities in the Westside with Victoria Villaseñor.