ASU Professor Earns Fellowship to Complete Book on Fighting White Supremacy

SAN ANGELO – Dr. Laura Hooton of the Angelo State University history faculty has been named one of only four 2023-24 Research Fellows for the Clements Center for Southwest Studies in the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University.

As the David J. Weber Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America, Hooton will spend the 2023-24 academic year at the Clements Center completing her forthcoming book, "Black Baja: Little Liberia and the Fight Against White Supremacy."

"My research concerns Little Liberia, an African American community in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands in the early 1900s," Hooton said. "This isn't a well-known story, and it addresses an important topic, which is the different ways people strive to make the world better for their communities."

"We regularly talk about the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and the Southwest in our classes," she added, "and the book will bring African Americans into these classroom conversations. I'm excited to contribute to our department's proud tradition of publishing in these areas. This book fits within my larger plans at Angelo State, including the recent creation of an Ethnic Studies minor that celebrates the diverse experiences of Americans throughout history."

An assistant professor in the Dr. Arnoldo De Leon Department of History, Hooton joined the ASU faculty in August 2021. She previously taught American history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 2018-21, where she also created digital classroom materials about immigration in the American Southwest and founded the Black History Project. She teaches a variety of undergraduate history courses at ASU, and her research interests are just as diverse, including:

  • African American history
  • Social movements
  • Migration and immigration
  • Black, Chicana/o and ethnic studies
  • U.S.-Mexico borderlands and the U.S. Southwest/American West

Hooton previously co-authored the second edition of the book, "Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race, and Colonialism in American History and Identity," as well as multiple journal articles, book reviews and peer-reviewed online encyclopedia entries for She has also presented her research at numerous professional conferences. Her many career honors include teaching excellence awards at West Point and the University of California, Santa Barbara, two Department of the Army Civilian Service Commendation Medals, and several research and travel grants.

A native of California, Hooton earned her bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, San Diego, and her master's and doctoral degrees in history from UC Santa Barbara.


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CGM5, Tue, 03/28/2023 - 18:11

I'm really tired of hearing about white supremacy and white privilege. First of all over hundreds of years there many times more white slaves sold out of Africa than black slaves (The Muslim slave trade). That doesn't make it right but it is true. In the early 1600s England sold Irish prisoners of war as slaves to the colonies.  

As far as white privilege goes, I don't know everyone. I can speak for myself and many people I do know. My family was poor. I've worked hard my entire life. I'm still working. I've never been given anything, never asked for a hand out and sure hell didn't feel like I was entitled to anything. I don't care who believes me but, many years ago when my children were small, the place I worked closed it's doors. I looked very hard every day for a job. I had learned several skills - mechanic work, welding, hydraulics, paint and body work. I was at the unemployment office often. One day one of the reps said there was a civil job at Goodfellow that would be perfect for me except I was not a minority. I've been an electrical contractor for decades with a good reputation and sometimes I miss out on a contract because of HUB.

I am not a racist. I have Black, Hispanic and Asian friends and some are life long friends. I'm not sure who the idiots are that want to classify me as a bad person because I'm white but I'm really tired of it. Reverse racism will never accomplish anything.


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