Charlotte, NC, US
A historical researcher and university teacher, Benny Andres has published his scholarship in such journals as California History and the Southern California Quarterly. The former journal published "Invisible Borders: Repatriation and Colonization of Mexican Migrant Workers along the California Borderlands during the 1930s," and the latter journal published "I Am Almost More at Home with Brown Faces than with White: An Americanization Teacher in Imperial Valley, California, 1923-1924."
Benny Andres has also delivered presentations at conferences and before organizations such as the American Society for Environmental History, the Agricultural History Society, the Western History Association, the Southwest Oral History Association, the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, and at Lincoln College, Oxford, England.
As assistant professor of History and Latin American studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte since 2007, Benny Andres has taught courses such as Latino History Since 1900, the History of the American West, the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, and Immigration and Americanization during the Progressive Era. Previously, he was a tenured professor at Imperial Valley College and he was an adjunct at several universities.
Benny Andres received a Bachelor of Arts in History with distinction from San Diego State University in 1991. He continued his education at the University of New Mexico, which awarded him his Master of Arts in History in 1994, and his PhD in History in 2003. His doctoral dissertation, titled "Power and Control in Imperial Valley, California: Nature, Agribusiness, Labor and Race Relations, 1900-1940," won the W. Turrentine Jackson Dissertation Award from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association in 2004.