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

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Spanish Colonial World
    • Colonial America
    • Historic and Prehistoric Underwater and Terrestrial Archaeology
    • Historic Ceramics,
    • Pirates, American Civil War
  • Education

    • PhD, Anthropology, Michigan State University, 1989
    • MA, Anthropology, Michigan State University, 1985
    • MA, History, Florida State University, 1983
    • MA, Anthropology, Florida State University, 1982
    • BA, Anthropology/Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, 1979
  • Currently Teaching

    ANTH 6374 01 - Arch of North America:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    HIST 4315 01 - Discovering the RGV:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    ANTH 6315 01 - Discovering the RGV:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    ANTH 4374 01 - Arch Of North America:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Christopher Miller, Roseann Bacha-Garza, and Russell Skowronek. Blue and Gray on the Rio Grande: The Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail, 1846–1876. Texas A&M University Press, 2019.

  • Roseann Bacha-Garza, Christopher Miller, and Russell Skowronek, ed. The Civil War on the Rio Grande, 1846–1876. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2019.

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

  • 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. 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.



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 (January 2018 - August 2019)

  • Christopher Miller. War and Peace on the Rio Grande, Texas Historical Foundation , $2,500.00 (March 2019)

  • Christopher Miller. RGV Civil War Trail: Engaging & Educating the Community, Summerfield G Roberts Foundation , $10,000.00 (February 2019)

  • Christopher Miller. Workshop for the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail , Humanities Texas , $5,000.00 (December 2018)

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

  • Christopher Miller. completion of the documentary film, Just a Ferry Ride to Freedom , Summerlee Foundation of Dallas , $17,615.00 (September 2018)

  • 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)



Selected Presentations


  • Russell Skowronek. "Spanish Colonial Copper Vessels: A Little Understood Artifact of New Spain.," Albuquerque Museum Event titled, “Trade Items”, Albuquerque Museum, Casa San Ysidro: Gutierrez / Minge House, 973 Old Church Road, Corrales, NM 87048 (April 2019)

  • Juan Gonzalez, Brandi Reger, Sarah Hardage, and Russell Skowronek. "Projectile points exhumed by dune migration, Implications for human presence and mid-holocene (?) wetter climate in the South Texas Sand Sheet ," Society for American Archaeology 84th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, New Mexico (April 2019)

  • Russell Skowronek. "The Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Program: A Decade-long Retrospective ," Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Society for Applied Anthropology, Portland, Oregon (March 2019)

  • Russell Skowronek. "The Native American Peoples of South Texas," Center for Creative Retirement, Harlingen (February 2019)

  • Russell Skowronek. "The First Peoples of South Texas: New Discoveries about Ancient Lifeways," Bentsen- Rio Grande Valley State Park, Mission, TX (February 2019)

  • Russell Skowronek. "War and Peace on the Rio Grande New Developments on the Civil War Trail," Fun N Sun Genealogy Club, San Benito (January 2019)

  • Russell Skowronek, James Hinthorne, Brandi Reger, and Richard Johnson. "Copper On The Borderlands Of New Spain...It’s Complicated," Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO (January 2019)

  • Brandi Reger, Juan Gonzalez, James Hinthorne, and Russell Skowronek. "Lithic Artifacts and Raw Material Selection: an Analysis of Projectile Points from the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas," Texas Archaeological Society 89th Annual Meeting, Texas Archaeological Society, San Antonio, TX (October 2018)

  • Russell Skowronek, James Hinthorne, Brandi Reger, and Richard Johnson. "Copper on the Spanish Colonial Frontier- Insights from Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahia and Mission Espiritu Santo Zuniga," 89th Annual Meeting of the Texas Archeological Society, Texas Archeological Society, San Antonio (October 2018)

  • Russell Skowronek, Christopher Miller, and Roseann Bacha-Garza. "Nuevo Santander- The Unrealized Archaeological Potential of a “Civilian” Province in Northern New Spain," 89th Annual Meeting of the Texas Archeological Society, Texas Archeological Society, San Antonio (October 2018)



Selected Performances and Exhibitions


  • Russell Skowronek "Just a Ferry Ride to Freedom," ()

  • and Roseann Bacha-Garza. "War and Peace on the Rio Grande," ()

  • and Roseann Bacha-Garza. "Fort Brown: Sentinel on the Border," Russell K. Skowronek. ()

  • Russell Skowronek "Juneteenth--A Letter from Roma," ()

  • Russell Skowronek "And Then the Soldiers Were Gone," ()

  • Russell Skowronek "Cotton Times," ()

Current Courses

ANTH 6374 01 - Arch of North America:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
HIST 4315 01 - Discovering the RGV:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
ANTH 6315 01 - Discovering the RGV:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
ANTH 4374 01 - Arch Of North America:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

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