UTEP Lecturer Earns Statewide Honor for Dissertation

The National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies – Tejas Chapter recently recognized The University of Texas at El Paso’s Miguel Juárez, Ph.D., with its annual Dissertation Award during the group’s annual meeting earlier this month in Houston.

“I am humbled to have been nominated, and honored to have been selected for this important award,” said Juárez, who earned his doctorate from UTEP in spring 2018.

The chapter honored Juárez, a lecturer in UTEP’s Department of History, for his 296-page dissertation, “From Concordia to Lincoln Park: An Urban History of Highway Building in El Paso, Texas.”

The award goes to the best dissertation related to the Mexican-American experience in Texas. The dissertations could have been from the fields of English, history, sociology, ethnic studies, American studies, modern languages and literature, or Chicanx studies/Mexican-American or Latinx studies.

The chapter presented Juarez with a plaque and cash award.

His dissertation is about the development and resilience of the community that surrounds Lincoln Park, and focuses on the effect interstate highway construction had on that part of Central El Paso during the 1960s and 70s.

The sources include experts in urban, borderland, architectural and Mexican-American history. Juárez said he embargoed his dissertation for two years so he could revise and publish it, but he has provided an abstract for interested people