David C. DeBoe Memorial Award, Walter Prescott Webb Society Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award, 2018.
THECB Work Study Mentorship Program Award 2015-17 ($50,000)
Contributing Faculty, THECB Minority Male Initiative Grant, "Guided Pathways for Minority Male Achievement: A Standards-Based Proposal." ($99,592) 2015
Texas Social Studies Collaborative Advancing College and Career Readiness in Social Studies Grant: "Closing the Circle: Infusing Social Studies College and Career Readiness Standards into the Texas History Course" ($18,500)
Title V Project Co-PI, "Project Star", 2012-2017 ($3,046,267).
East Texas Historical Association Otis Lock Award Educator of the Year, 2012.
Contributing Faculty, "Freshman Achievement Communities to Enhance Student Persistence and Success" submitted to the Comprehensive Student Success Program of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, January 2011. Funded June 2011 ($260,000).
Contributing Faculty, Gear-Up Grant submission, 2011.
Oral History Association Article Award, 2010.
East Texas Historical Association Otis Lock Endowment Award Best Book on East Texas History, 2010.
Finalist, Texas Institute of Letters Award for Scholarly Book, 2010.
Achieving the Dream Grant, 2007-2011 ($400,000).
Corbett Smith, "Why Do Cities, Counties and School Districts Have Wacky Boundaries? Curious Texas Brings the History," Dallas Morning News, April 19, 2018,
"The Civil Engagement of Youth in Houston," League of Women Voters of the Houston Area Public Affairs Public Access program, April 5, 2018,
"Trump Administration Adding Citizenship Question to 2020 Census," interview by Isiah Carey,
The Isiah Factor, KRIV FOX26 Houston, March 28, 2018,
"Preserving a Piece of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement", interview by Isiah Carey,
The Isiah Factor, KRIV FOX26 Houston, March 7, 2018,
Nicole Acevedo, "LULAC's Historic Texas Clubhouse, a Hub of Latino Civil Rights, Designated National Treasure," NBC News, January 30, 2018,
"Fixated With the Confederacy", interview by Isiah Carey,
The Isiah Factor, KRIV FOX26 Houston, January 27, 2018,
"We Know What Confederate Symbols Mean. Why Keep Them?,"
Houston Chronicle, November 20, 2017,
Gene Preuss and Scott Sonenshein, "Major Paradigm Shifts In Houston," interview by Daniel Cohen,
Houston Matters, Houston Public Media, KUHF News 88.7, August 14, 2017,
"A Historical Perspective on a Monumental Issue," interview by Matt Dougherty, 6 pm News, KHOU, August 16, 2017,
"Why We Should Study LGBTQ Topics When We Study History,"
Houston Chronicle, July 10, 2017,
"How Should Texas High Schoolers Learn History?"
Houston Chronicle, May 19, 2017,
"Students Required to Pass the US Citizenship Test Before Graduating High School," interview by Erik Barajas,
Community Close Up: ¡Viva Houston!, ABC13, KTRK-TV, June 1, 2017,
"Donald Trump's Victory in the 2016 Election and the Hispanic Community," interview by Erik Barajas,
Community Close Up: ¡Viva Houston!, ABC13, KTRK-TV, November 27, 2016,
"Caprock Chronicles: Cavazos is First Mexican-American Texas Tech President,"
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, October 29, 2016,
http://www.lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2016-10-29/caprock-chronicles-cavazos-first-mexican-american-texas-tech-president. Reprinted as "Lauro Cavazos of Texas Tech," in
Hidden History of the Llano Estacado, edited by Paul H. Carlson and David J. Murrah, 124 – 126. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2017.
"Mexican American History Textbook Controversy," interview by Erik Barajas,
Community Close Up: ¡Viva Houston!, ABC13, KTRK-TV, September 18, 2016,
Julie Chang, "Confederate Names on Austin Schools Date Back to Civil Rights Movement,"
Austin American Statesman, July 19, 2015,
Blutman, "Should All Symbols of the Confederacy Be Removed?", Newsfix, CW39, KIAH Houston, June 22, 2015,