Amanda Marquez is a Professional Assistant Professor of First-Year Seminar. A social historian by training, Professor Marquez is a proud alumni having earned both her B.A. (2007) and M.A. in History (2011) at TAMUCC. She has been working in the First-Year Learning Communities Program since 2008. Professor Marquez works primarily in American History themed learning communities that place heavy emphasis on reading, writing, and academic research. Her areas of specialization include Mexican American History, Women's History, and the History of Gender and Sexuality.
Professor Marquez is currently collaborating with a sociologist, Dr. Isabel Araiza, on a research project that focuses on the planned integration of Corpus Christi Independent School District resulting from the Cisneros v Corpus Christi Independent School District (1970), the first case to extend the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas decision (1954) to Mexican Americans. One other project in progress is in collaboration with her long-time teaching partner, Professor Jennifer Bray, on the positive impact of intentional curricular integration in learning communities upon first-year student persistence.
When she is not teaching, Professor Marquez can be found on her husband's deep sea fishing boat and spaying and neutering the city's feral cat population.