Russell   Skowronek

Associate Dean  

Office: ELABN 317
Phone: (956) 665-8085
Email: russell.skowronek@utrgv.edu

Dr. Russell Skowronek

Dr. Russell Skowronek is the recipient of The University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, 2014. He is the founding director of the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools Program





Selected Publications


  • Russell Skowronek. "European Ceramics in the Spanish Philippines: Insights from The University of Michigan Philippine Expedition of 1922-1925," Historical and archaeological perspectives on early modern colonialism in Asia-Pacifc and the Pacific . Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, November 2017: 92-.117. .

  • Russell Skowronek. Informes: Annual Snapshots of Mission Life. . Many and Brilliant Lights, Treasures from the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library.. Santa Barbara, CA: . Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library,, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2017: 84-85.

  • Russell Skowronek. "Informes: Annual Snapshots of Mission Life.," Many and Brilliant Lights, Treasures from the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library.. October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2017: 84-85.

  • Russell Skowronek. "Memorial: George Robert Fischer (1937-2016)," Historical Archaeology/ The Society for Historical Archaeology (June 2017).

  • Christopher Miller and Russell Skowronek. "Creating the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail," Edinburg, Texas: Extra Studies in Rio Grande Valley History 14, (2016): 457-478.

  • Margaret Graham and Russell Skowronek. "Chocolate on the Borderlands of New Spain," International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20, no. 4 (December 2016): 645-665.

  • Russell Skowronek. "Cinnamon, Ceramics, and Silks: Tracking the Manila Galleon Trade in the Creation of the World Economy," Early Navigation in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Maritime Archaeological Perspective. Singapore: Springer International.Science+Business Media, November 2016: 59-74.

  • Russell Skowronek. "Discovering the Plan behind the Gordian Knot, New Trends in Social and Liberal Sciences," . New Trends in Social and Liberal Sciences.. 1, no. 1 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2016): 1-5.

  • Russell Skowronek. Beneath the Ivory Tower: The Archaeology of Academia. . Gainesville, FL: University Presses of Florida, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2016.

  • Russell Skowronek ed. Pieces of Eight, More Archaeology of Piracy. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2016.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Russell Skowronek. , Dean's Office College of Arts and Sciences Santa Clara University, $1,000.00 ( )

  • Russell Skowronek. Undergraduate Research Initiative, UTPA Graduate Office, $2,000.00 ( )

  • Christopher Miller. Texas Preservation Trust Fund , Texas Historical Commission, $10,000.00 ( )

  • Christopher Miller. The Civil War and the Rio Grande Valley, Texas Historical Foundation, $5,000.00 (February 2017)

  • Russell Skowronek. South Texas Civil War Trail, Summerlee Foundation of Dallas, Texas, $7,500.00 (2013 - 2014)

  • Russell Skowronek. Native American People of South Texas- A Traveling Trunk for K-12, Summerfield G. Roberts Foundation Grant, $10,000.00 (August 2014)

  • Margaret Dorsey. From Porciones to Colnias: Inserting the Hispanic in a Hispanic Serving Institution through Curriculum Innovation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Bridging Cultures Initiative: Humanities Initiatives for Faculty: Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment, $99,425.00 (2012 - 2013)

  • Russell Skowronek. From Porciones to Colonias: Inserting the Hispanic in a Hispanic Serving Institution through Curriculum Innovation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Bridging Cultures Initiative: Humanities Initiatives for Faculty: Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment, $99,425.00 (2012 - 2013)

  • Russell Skowronek. Revisiting South Texas History: Multi-Ethnic Settler-Ranchero Families of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, 1851-Present, Undergraduate Research Initiative, $2,000.00 (2012 - 2013)

  • Russell Skowronek. The “Native American People of South Texas- A Traveling Trunk for K-12” Program, Summerfield G. Roberts Foundation of Dallas, Texas, $10,000.00 (March 8, 2013)



Selected Presentations


  • Russell Skowronek, James Hinthorne, Juan Gonzalez, and Ronald Bishop. "CHARACTERIZATION OF MASSIVE GRAY CHERT OCCURRANCES ALONG STRIKE OF THE LATE OLIGOCENE CATAHOULA VOLCANIC ASH FROM STARR COUNTY TO DUVAL COUNTY, SOUTH TEXAS," Geological Society of America , San Antonio, Texas (March 2017)

  • Russell Skowronek. "Discussant for" British Ceramics in Indigenous, Colonial, and Post-Independence Latin America "," Society for Historical Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth (January 2017)

  • Russell Skowronek. "“The Archaeology of Spanish and Mexican Ranchos: Daily life, labor, and heritage management”.," Society for Historical Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth (January 2017)

  • Russell Skowronek. "Making the Exotic Mudane: The Manila Galleon, the flota and Globalization," Society for Historical Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth (January 2017)

  • Russell Skowronek. "Discussant for Dr. Kathleen K. Gilmore’s Legacy and the Future of Spanish and French Colonial Archaeology in Tejas," Society for Historical Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth (January 2017)

  • Christopher Miller and Russell Skowronek. "Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail," Annual Meeting, Texas Historical Association, Irving, Texas (March 2016)

  • Russell Skowronek and Ronald Bishop. "Ceramic Production, Supply, and Exchange in the San Francisco Presidio Jurisdiction," Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, CA (April 2015)

  • Russell Skowronek and Margaret Graham. "Feeding the Congregation: Insights into Food and Diet at Mission Santa Clara de Asís," California Mission Studies Association Annual Meeting, California Mission Studies Association, Ventura, CA (February 2015)

  • Russell Skowronek. "Shipwreck Archaeology Without a Ship: Archaeological and Historical Investigations of Shipwreck Materials from Terrestrial Sites and the Historic Record," The Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, WA (January 2015)

  • Russell Skowronek. "Projectile Point Types: Middle to Upper Rio Grande Valley," Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Program, University of Texas-Pan American (2014)



Selected Performances and Exhibitions


  • Russell Skowronek. "Pieces of Eight, More Archaeology of Piracy. ," Gainesville, FL. ()

Current Courses

ANTH 3343 01 - Museum Studies Internship:
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HIST 4301 01 - Maritime Arch & Hist:
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ANTH 3344 01 - Archive Studies Internship:
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ANTH 6307 01 - Shipwrecks Pirates & Sea:
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ANTH 3344 01 - Archive Studies Internship:
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ANTH 6315 01 - Discovering the RGV:
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ANTH 4315 01 - Discovering RGV:
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ANTH 4307 01 - Maritime Arch & History:
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ANTH 3343 01 - Museum Studies Internship:
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