Dr. Christopher Carmona is the interim Director of Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is a board member of the national award-winning organization, Refusing To Forget, which researches and promotes teaching the history of violence against Mexican Americans and Latinos in the early 20 th Century and beyond. Currently serves as the Chair of the NACCS Tejas Foco Committee on Implementing MAS in PreK-12 Education in Texas. He was a leader in getting the TEKS based Mexican American Studies High School Course approved by the Texas State Board of Education, which is the only State Board approved Mexican American Studies course in the United States to date. He served on Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook committee that was awarded the “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” award for excellence in educational leadership from the Mexican American School Board Association (MASBA). He has published three books of poetry, co-edited two anthologies, and co-authored a scholarly conversation book, called Nuev@s Voces Poeticas: A Conversation about new Chican@ Identities. He has a chapter in Reverberations of Racial Violence: Critical Reflections on Borderlands History discussing intergenerational trauma for Mexican Americans in the Rio Grande Valley. Carmona is the author of El Rinche: The Ghost Ranger of the Rio Grande, which was a finalist for the 2019 Best Young Adult Novel for the Texas Institute of Letters. Currently, he is working on finishing this series of YA novels reimagining the “Lone Ranger” story as a Chicanx superhero fighting Texas Rangers in the Rio Grande Valley from 1905-1920. Book Two is out in 2021. Finally his short story collection, The Road to Llorona Park, won the 2016 NACCS Tejas Best Fiction Award and was listed as one of the top 8 Latinx books in 2016 by NBCNews.
Christopher Carmona, PhD | Associate Professor Interim Director of Mexican American Studies Joint Appointment with Creative Writing Program University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley