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Enrique Dávila, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Courses Taught

United States History, 1865 to Present; United States Latinos: Origins and Histories; Origins of the Modern World Since 1500.


Ph.D., University of Chicago 2021

M.A., University of Chicago, 2011

B.A., University of Texas, 2006

Research Interests

Enrique Dávila is a historian of Mexican American, Latino, and Borderlands history. His research explores reform movements in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He is particularly interested in the way border people harnessed their knowledge of two nation-states, languages, and cultures to pursue equality, dignity, and unity in a newly transformed and globalized border region. He is currently at work on his first book project, Idar: The First Family of Mexican America, a collective family biography that traces three generations of activism launched by one family—the Idars of Laredo, Texas. The family’s history provides a window into the transnational reform networks created in response to political revolt in South Texas, revolution in Mexico, and economic transformations by international capital in both countries. A native of Texas, he was born in McAllen, raised in Houston, and earned his B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin.

Publications and Media Placements


“Mapping the Strange Career of William Ellis,” Ethnic Studies Educators’ Academy 2022 Teaching Guide, UTSA Democratizing Racial Justice (2023, forthcoming).

Honors and Awards

  • Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, 2021
  • Ph.D. Fellowship, Social Sciences Dissertation, University of Chicago, 2020
  • Institute for Latino Studies’ Early Scholars Symposium, University of Notre Dame, 2018
  • Benson Latin American Collection Research Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2017
  • Orin Williams Award, University of Chicago, 2017
  • Freehling Archival Grant, University of Chicago, 2017