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Photo of Christian Garna Garna L. Christian, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Office: N-1029


BA, 1959, Mexico City College
MA, 1961, Texas Western
College; PhD, 1977, Texas Tech University.


Dr. Christian specializes in Texas, military, African-American, and music history. He received his B.A. from Mexico City College, M.A. from Texas Western College, and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. Dr. Christian teaches United States and Texas survey courses and upper level courses in United States, Texas, Houston, and Mexican history. Many of his students have won the student essay Clifton Caldwell Awards of the Texas State Historical Association and have been published in the association journal Touchstone. He has won teaching awards from the East Texas Historical Association and the Texas State Historical Association.

Research interests

Dr. Christian has written extensively on the Black military in Texas and Texas music. He has written a history of the UH-Downtown building, a biography of Texas writer George Session Perry, and is completing a biography of Texas writer Owen Payne White. He is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association.

Scholarly Activities

Author of Black Soldiers in Jim Crow Texas, 1899-1917 (1995), winner of T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award; Forty Thousand Window Panes: The Story of the Merchants and Manufacturers’ Building (1980); and Stay a Little Longer: The First Generation of Houston Country Music (1985).

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Last updated or reviewed on 10/6/14

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