Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)


Mexican American Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Stephanie Alvarez

Second Advisor

Dr. Amy Cumins

Third Advisor

Dr. Joy Esquierdo


In 2018, the Texas Board of Education approved the creation of a Mexican American Studies High School elective course. However, before this course became a reality member on the board pushed to end the course all together. Board members opposed to the creation of a Mexican American Studies course argued that the class could represent a division between different groups under the banner of “we are all Americans”. This thesis centers on the implications are from the narrative created by the social studies standards and the role these standards play in supporting whiteness and supporting white supremacy that has been historically entrenched in the teaching of social studies in Texas. It will also provide an analysis of how various groups in Texas have resisted the whitewashing of the Texas Social Studies Curriculum.


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