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. Site Formation Processes of Submerged Shipwrecks . American Antiquity , 83, no. 3 July July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2018: 570-571.

  • Russell Skowronek, Christopher Miller, and Dominique Taylor. And then the Soldiers were gone, Rio Grande City and Fort Ringgold. March 2018.

  • Margaret Graham and Russell Skowronek. "Chocolate and Globalization," Many and Brilliant Lights: Treasures from the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library. Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library, 2017: 70-71.

  • 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, Christopher Miller, and Dominique Taylor. "The Cotton Times". Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail. October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2017.

  • Christopher Miller and Russell Skowronek. Cotton Times. October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2017.

  • 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.



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 ( )

  • Russell Skowronek. Civil War Trail Traveling Trunks, Summerfield G. Roberts Foundation , $10,000.00 (April 3, 2018 - October 3, 2018)

  • 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)



Selected Presentations


  • Brandi Reger, Juan Gonzalez, James Hinthorne, and Russell Skowronek. "pXRF identification of prehistoric lithic artifact material, resource clusters along the lower Rio Grande," 83rd Annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Society for American Archaeology, Washington (April 2018)

  • Russell Skowronek. "Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail," Saving Battlefields Park Day, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Brownsville, TX (April 2018)

  • Russell Skowronek. "Copper on the Borderlands of New Spain: A Preliminary Discussion," California Missions Conference, California Mission Foundation, Santa Clara, CA (February 2018)

  • Russell Skowronek. "Copper: The Overlooked Artifact of the Borderlands of New Spain," Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, LA (January 2018)

  • Russell Skowronek. "HMS Fowey Lost and Found:," Maritime Studies Association, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC (November 2017)

  • 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)



Selected Performances and Exhibitions


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

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