The Viva Mi Historia Team

Moisés Acuña-Gurrola, Author & Creator, Latino Fort Worth Website

Moisés Acuña-Gurrola received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2012 and received his M.A. from the history department at the University of North Texas in 2015. Acuña-Gurrola studies the intersection of the Post-World War II African American and ethnic Mexican experience in the American Southwest. His master's thesis detailed the history of Corpus Christi’s Molina neighborhood from 1954 to 1970. Acuña-Gurrola has contributed to several digital history projects and is co-director and lead designer, researcher, video editor, and author of Latino Fort Worth . He is a second-year research assistant for the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project and will be a Ph.D. student at Texas Christian University beginning fall 2016.


Max Krochmal, Ph.D., Project Director

Max Krochmal is assistant professor of History at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.  He researches and teaches at the intersection of modern U.S., African American, Chicano/a-Latino/a, and labor histories–and their present-day ramifications. A native of Reno, Nevada, he attended UC-Santa Cruz and received his M.A. and Ph.D. at Duke University. He is the author of Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, Sept. 2016) and the director of the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project, an inter-institutional collaboration that seeks to collect, interpret, and disseminate oral history interviews with diverse civil rights activists across Texas. Krochmal directed the collection of Viva Mi Historia interviews and is the editor and supervisor of Latino Fort Worth.  You can read more about his work and contact him via his website,


Graduate Student Interviewers

Katherine Bynum is a Ph.D. student at Texas Christian University in the Department of History.  She received both her B.A. and M.A. from the University of North Texas in Denton. Bynum worked as a graduate assistant for the UNT Oral History Program, where she conducted oral history interviews from Mexican Americans in higher education in Texas. She is the Graduate Assistant for the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project and served as a researcher for the project in the summer of 2015. Her own research evaluates the roles of African American and Mexican American women in postwar Dallas, and how these women used club work, unions, and civil rights organizations to enter the public sphere and claim space during the height of the “cult of domesticity.”


Osmin “Oz” Hernández is a Masters student in the History Department at Texas Christian University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Nebraska in 2012. Hernández has conducted oral history interviews for research related to the Santos Rodriguez Affair of 1973 and the Chicano/a Movement with former activists throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His current research interests include Mexicana/o activism and organizing, as well as cross-ethnic coalitions with Anglos and African Americans during the late 1960s and early 1970s in Dallas, Texas.


Joel Zapata is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Southern Methodist University. Zapata earned a B.A. in history from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has published articles in the Journal of South Texas and the Río Bravo: A Journal of the Borderlands. His other publications range from reference essays, book reviews, to newspaper and magazine articles. Zapata’s public history work includes participating in the creation of the Texas Historical Commission’s Hispanic Texans: Journey from Empire to Democracy, A Guide for Heritage Travelers and the successful effort to have the San Elizario Historic Arts District in San Elizario, Texas, recognized as a Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts.


Undergraduate Assistants

Lauren Conte

Kate Moore

Danny Nikola

Andrew Pennison

Adam Powell

Cooper Robinson

Bart Thomas

Melanie Webb
Dakota Willis

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