Hinojosa to bolster Baylor in Latin America initiative as Jackson Chair
As the son of a Mennonite minister along the Texas/Mexico border, Dr. Felipe Hinojosa grew up in a family that exposed him to the power of the Gospel in a community.
Now a historian and higher education leader, he’s long channeled those early experiences into research and scholarship on Latino/a and Chicana/o studies, civil rights, religion and society. After years at universities like Texas A&M, Houston, and Emory, he chose to come to Baylor this summer as the first Jackson Family Chair for Baylor in Latin America.
“I’m looking forward to joining conversations at Baylor that cross disciplinary borders and help us think collectively and critically about important questions on immigration, race, citizenship, politics and religion,” Hinojosa said this summer.
Faith, community and ethnicity have been key parts of Hinojosa’s work. He’s the author of two books, with another on the way, and numerous academic articles and collections alongside his academic leadership.
Hinojosa joins the faculty in Baylor’s history department, but his impact will extend across and beyond campus. He’ll build on his most recent work at Texas A&M, where he served as professor of history, assistant provost for Hispanic Serving Institution initiatives and director for the Carlos H. Cantu Hispanic Education & Opportunity Endowment. At Baylor, he’ll provide leadership in the Baylor in Latin America initiative, which will build advancement research and engagement with countries across Latin America and peer universities in the U.S.
Sic ’em, Dr. Hinojosa!