Marian J. Barber directs the Catholic Archives of Texas, a statewide repository in Austin that documents the Catholic experience in the Lone Star State from the sixteenth century to the present. She previously served as associate director of the National History Center of the American Historical Association in Washington, DC. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in United States history from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from the university’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She has taught United States history at the University of Texas and Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. Her first professional job was as a reporter-clerk for the Kansas City Star, where she assisted in the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Hyatt Regency skywalks disaster. She first learned of Herman Ridder while researching her doctoral dissertation, “How the Irish, Germans, and Czechs Became Anglo: Race and Identity in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands.”
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