- U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
Carla Gerona (Ph.D. Johns Hopkins) is an Associate Professor in the School of History and Sociology whose areas of interest include Early American, Atlantic, and Borderlands history. Her first book, Night Journeys: The Power of Dreams in Transatlantic Quaker Culture (2004), traced the ways in which a dissenting group interpreted their dreams to shape their world in innovative ways. Dr. Gerona is currently working on "More than Six Flags in the Pine Woods: The Multiple Faces of Texas History from Contact to 1806." This study of multiethnic east Texas before Texas's annexation to the United State draws on interdisciplinary methods as well as Spanish, French, English, and Native American source materials to explore the ways in which the different people interacted on the borderlands. Gerona has written numerous articles on the borderlands and her article, “With a Song in Their Hands: Incendiary Décimas from the Texas and Louisiana Borderlands during a Revolutionary Age,” was awarded the 2015 Bolton-Cutter Prize for the best article on any phase of the history of the Borderlands. Gerona has received numerous awards for her work including a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship and a Newberry Library Fellowships. Dr. Gerona is also interested in public history and teaches classes on Museum Studies.
Recent Refereed Articles and Essays:
“With a Song in Their Hands: Incendiary Décimas from the Texas and Louisiana Borderlands during a Revolutionary Age,” Early American Studies 12 (Winter 2014): 91-142. Awarded the Bolton-Cutter Prize: “the best article on any phase of the history of the Borderlands,” Western History Association, 2015.
“Flying like an Eagle: Franciscan and Caddo Dreams and Visions,” in Dreams, Dreamers, and Visions: The Early Modern Atlantic World (2013).
“Women and Kinship in Spanish East Texas at the end of the Eighteenth Century,” in Women of the Iberian Atlantic (2012).
“Caddo Sun Accounts Across Time and Place,” The American Indian Quarterly (2012).