Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Dr. Emilio Zamora awarded Organization of American Historians prestigious Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award

So proud of hubby and UT History professor Dr. Emilio Zamora for earning this major award this year from the Organization of American Historians. I like the nice write-up that his department did for him and posted to their website that lists his numerous awards and contributions. 

Much deserved. I can certainly vouch for all his hard, excellent work. So proud of you, Emilio! The world is definitely a much better place because of you. đź’—

-Angela Valenzuela

P.S. He likes to share this short video of him nearly being born in the middle of the Rio Grande River in South Texas. Enjoy!


“A Mitad del Rio, An Autobiographical Video.” Edinburg: Historias Americanas, 2020.


BLOOMINGTON, IN—The Organization of American Historians (OAH) today announced that Emilio Zamora, University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of the OAH’s 2021 Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award, which is given annually for an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history. The Award was presented during the OAH’s 2021 Annual Meeting.

Recognizing a stellar career as an academic historian, and an equally stellar record as a public interpreter of the American past for communities across Texas, the Organization of American Historians presents Professor Emilio Zamora, University of Texas at Austin, with the OAH Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award. Professor Zamora is not only an award-winning researcher and writer but also a visible scholar-citizen who has made significant contributions to the public understanding of Mexican American people in Texas.

Emilio Zamora has roots in the Mexico-Texas region dating back to the 1700s, growing up and educating himself on both sides of the border.

His research interests include the history of Mexicans in the United States and their relationship with Mexico, as well as oral history, the history of the U.S. working class, Texas history, and the archival enterprise in Texas and northern Mexico. Dr. Zamora has single-authored three books, co-edited three anthologies, assisted in the production of a Texas history text, co-authored a Texas history text for high schools, co-edited an Ebook on Tejano history, translated and edited a World War I diary, and written numerous scholarly articles, chapters, and essays. He has received seven best-book awards, a best-article prize, and a Fulbright GarcĂ­a-Robles fellowship. Zamora is a lifetime member of the Texas Institute of Letters, a lifetime Fellow with the Texas State Historical Association, and a former member of the Board of Directors and a former president of the Texas State Historical Association.

In recognition of his many contributions to the pursuit of historical knowledge and his work as a public-facing scholar, intellectual, and educator, the Organization of American Historians is proud to present Emilio Zamora with the OAH Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award.

For the full list of OAH 2021 award and prize recipients, please visit the OAH website.

The Organization of American Historians was founded in 1907 and is the largest professional organization dedicated to the teaching and study of American history. The mission of the OAH is to promote excellence in the scholarship, teaching and presentation of American history, and to encourage informed public discussion of and engagement with historical questions. The mission of the OAH is guided by the principles of the advancement of scholarship, historical advocacy, and professional integrity. The OAH national headquarters are located in the historic Raintree House on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus.

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