Southwest Environmental History Symposium
"Water Crises in Texas and the Southwest"
May 21-24, 1997
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

Speaker Biographies

John M. Donahue is Professor of Anthropology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He has done field research in Colombia and Peru on internal migrations and in Bolivia and Nicaragua in the area of primary health care. His interest in water issues stems from his work in public health and to the fact that San Antonio is located over the Edwards Aquifer whose management is the focus of continuing debate among local, county, state and federal actors. He and Barbara Rose Johnston are co-editors of Water, Culture and Power: Local Struggles in a Global Context, published by Island Press in 1998.

Shelly Dudley: A Senior Historical Analyst for the Salt River Project in Phoenix, AZ since 1983, Dudley researches and analyzes water and power related topics with an emphasis on water rights research. She has published articles in "Western Legal History" and "Casa Grande Valley Histories", as well as presented papers at numerous conferences, including the Arizona Water Law Conference and Arizona Hydrological Symposium.

Jesus F. de la Teja: Associate professor of History at Southwest Texas State University and former director of Archives and Records of the Texas General Land Office. Author of numerous articles and book chapters on borderlands history, and of the award winning San Antonio de Bexar: A Community on New Spain's Northern Frontier (University of New Mexico Press, 1995).

Richard Earl: Associate Professor of Geography at Southwest Texas State University, Ph.D. Arizona State University, 1983. Dr. Earl has focused his professional activities in hydroclimtology and water resources management. He has conducted research for the New Mexico Water Resources Institute and has published in the Social Science Journal.

Mark Harvey is associate professor of history at North Dakota State University, where he teaches the American West and U.S. environmental history. He is the author of numerous articles as well as A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement (Albuquerque: Univ. of New Mexico Press, 1994).

Donald C. Jackson is Associate Professor of History at Lafayette College and holds a Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Building the Ultimate Dam: John S. Eastwood and the Control of Water in the West (University Press of Kansas, 1995) which was selected by CHOICE Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1996; his article "Engineering in the Progressive Era: A New Look at Frederick Haynes Newell and the U.S. Reclamation Service," Technology and Culture, July 1993 was awarded the 1994 Ray A. Billington Prize by the Western History Association for the best article on western history.

Bonnie Lynn-Sherow is completing her dissertation entitled, "Ordering the Elements: an Environmental History of West-Central Oklahoma from 1890 to 1920" at Northwestern University. She will join the faculty of Kansas State University as an assistant professor specializing in Agricultural, Environmental and American Indian history in August of 1998.

Sandra Mathews-Lamb: Received her Ph.D. in the American West and Latin America from UNM; her dissertation focuses on Pueblo Indian land grants (1689-1860). She has done historical contracting on water and land rights, as well as other topics, for both private and public organizations. Most recently she worked with S.M. Stoller Corporation in Albuquerque on a CD-ROM.

Daniel McCool: received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1983. He is currently professor of Political Science at the University of Utah. He is the author of Command of the (Univ. of Calif. Press, 1987, Univ. of Arizona Press, 1994), co-author of Staking out the Terrain (SUNY PRESS, 1996), and author/editor of Public Policy Theories, Concepts, and (Prentice Hall, 1995). His current research focuses on Indian water rights and negotiated water settlements.

Char Miller: is Professor of History at Trinity University. He is author of Gifford Pinchot: An American Conservationist (forthcoming) and Fathers and Sons: The Binghams and the American Mission (1982); co-editor of Urban Texas: Politics and Development (1990); co-editor of Out of the Woods: Essays in Environmental History (1997) and editor of American Forests: Nature, Culture, and Politics (1997). He currently is writing a history of the disastrous 1921 flood in South Texas.

Joe G. Moore, Jr.: is Distinguished Professor of Geography at Southwest Texas State University. Joe Moore has long been a prominent figure in Texas water policy. He has served as the director of the Texas Water Development Board and as a water advisor to President Johnson. In recent years he as been appointed as a special master for the federal courts on water resources issues.

Alan Newell: Co-founder and Principal in the firm Historical Research Associates, Inc. Mr. Newell holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in American History from the University of Montana. Over the past 16 years, he has engaged in historical studies of water development on Indian reservations throughout the west, and has served as an expert witness on Native American issues, including federally reserved water rights, in federal and state courts.

John Opie teaches at New Jersey Institute of Technology, and was one of the founders of the American Society for Environmental History, and its journal, Environmental History. He is the author of The Law of the Land (1987) and Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land (1994), among many other works.

Donald Pisani is Merrick Professor of Western American History at the University of Oklahoma and president of the American Society for Environmental History. His research interests are natural resources, the law, and public policy, with particular emphasis on water. He is the author of three books and 30 articles and book chapters. His most recent book, a collection of essays, is Water, Land, and Law in the West, 1850-1920, (University Press of Kansas in 1996).

Brad Raley is a doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma, where he is studying the history of the American West and Environment. He completed his M.A. at the University of Houston in 1992 where he wrote his masters thesis, titled "The Collbran Project: The Bureau of Reclamation, 1937-1963: A Case Study in Western Resource Development." He is currently writing a dissertation on Irrigation in Colorado's Grand Valley.

Hal K. Rothman: Professor of History at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he edits Environmental History. He is the author of The Greening of Nation? Environmentalism in the U.S. Since 1945 (1997),"I'll Never Fight Fire With My Bare Hands Again" (1994), On Rims and Ridges: The Los Alamos Area Since 1880 (1992) and Preserving Different Pasts: The American National Monuments (1989) as well as the editor of Reopening the American West (1998) and co-editor Out of the Woods: Essays in Environmental History (1997).

Raul M. Sanchez (J.D., Harvard Law School, A.M., Stanford University, A.B., Princeton University) is an Associate Professor and Director of the Inter-American Legal Studies Program at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. He teaches in the area of International Human Rights, International Environmental Law and International Business Transactions. His most recent articles include: *Mexico*s El Cuchillo Dam Project: a Case-Study of Nonsustainable Development and Transboundary Environmental Harms*, 28 Inter-American Law Review 425 (Winter 1996-97); "Mexico's Governmental Human Rights Commissions: An Ineffective Response to Widespread Human Rights Violations", 25 St. Mary's Law Journal 1041 (1994). His current research concerns the intersection of Human Rights Law and International Environmental Law with respect to environmental concerns on the U.S.-Mexico border, especially including water issues.

Heywood T. Sanders is Professor of Urban Studies at Trinity University. His publications include The Politics of Urban Development (with Clarence Stone) and Urban Texas: Politics and Development (with Char Miller), as well as articles on urban infrastructure, urban politics, and convention center development. He is currently completing a book on the politics of urban public investment.

Thomas Schafer is a graduate student in Geography at Kansas State University, and is completing his dissertation on the changing geography and production patterns of farming in southwestern Kansas.

James Sherow: an associate professor of history at Kansas State University, is the author of Watering the Valley (1990), among other publications. He is under contract with the University Press of Kansas for an environmental history of the central High Plains between 1780 and 1870, and has an anthology of environmental history of the American West pending publication with University of New Mexico Press. In addition, he is currently researching the role of state engineers in the Rocky Mountain West and an environmental history of Kansas.

John Tiefenbacher: Assistant Professor at Southwest Texas State University, Ph.D. Rutgers 1992. Dr. Tiefenbacher has in interest in spatial patterns of chemical contamination of the environment and has published papers on the mapping and identification of hazards posed by accidental spills of toxic chemicals, industrial emissions of toxics, and the use of agricultural chemicals. He has published in Urban Geographer and Environmental Management.

Laura Wimberley: will received her Ph.D. at Southwest Texas State Univeristy in May, 1998. Her dissertation, "'The Sole Source': A History of the Edwards Aquifer and its Human Communities, 1890-1990," offers the first full historical look at the aquifer. She is currently a lecturer/undergraduate advisor for TAMU History Department.

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