Andrew Torget

Andrew Torget is a historian of nineteenth-century North America, and teaches classes on the Old South, American expansion, slavery, Texas, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and digital scholarship. His work has revolved around two intersecting themes: the expansion of the American South into the West, and developing new digital methods for research, scholarship, and teaching.

His most recent book Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850 (2015) was awarded the David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America by the Western History Association. He is currently writing a history of the rise and fall of nineteenth-century Galveston as the key to the development of the American Southwest, editing a book on the history of violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, and developing two digital scholarship projects (the Digital Austin Papers and the Galveston City Company Papers project).

(Spring 2020)