Ellis College Dean Receives Liz Carpenter Award


Dr. Angela Boswell, Dean of Elis College made a trip to Corpus Christi Texas two weeks ago for a meeting of the Texas State Historical Association where she received the Liz Carpenter Award, for her second book titled, Women in Texas History. This book has also been awarded the Robert Lahiri Prize. The Liz Carpenter Award is given to the author of the best book in Texas women’s history for that year.  Her first book is titled, Her Act and Deed: Women’s Public Lives in a Rural Southern County, 1837-1873, was published in 2001 and also received the Liz Carpenter Award. Women in Texas History is the first narrative to cover an entire era of Texas Women’s history.

On Tuesday March 5th there was a reception and book signing held for Dr. Boswell in the Greene room of Huie Library, followed by a panel The Other Gender: How Women Shaped History which was hosted by the HSU Women’s History Organization. The reception was full of people and food. Many of Dr. Boswell’s colleagues came to support her, as well as many students, and community members who not only came to support her but to get their book signed. There were books available for purchase at the reception.

Dr. Boswell received her undergraduate degree, a BA in history of English from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. She received her MA and Ph.D. in history from Rice University in Houston, TX. Texas A&M decided that it was time for a narrative synthesis of women’s history in Texas, so they asked our own Dr. Angela Boswell if she would write the book, being honored to do so, she said yes. Both of her books were published by Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. She says that women’s history in Texas is important to understanding Texas history, because women makeup half of the population, and have always been important to the society. Women ran the house, took care of children, and so much more. Research on Texas women’s history began earlier than research on women’s history in other states, so there is a large amount of research on women’s history in Texas. Other than the fact that she was asked to write this book, she chose Texas because she had lived there, and had already written a book on women’s history in Texas, but she had only covered one county and was excited to be able to write a book covering women’s history in all of Texas.

Dr. Boswell’s goal when writing her book Women in Texas History was to create a synthesis of history in Texas and to include all women, no matter their race, or background, she wanted to include them all. Dr. Boswell seems to be very interested in Texas Women’s History, not only has she written two books about it, but she is also on three history boards in Texas. She is on the Editorial Board of the Southwest Quarterly, the Chair of Fellowship Committee for Texas State History, and the Advisory Board for the Handbook of Texas Women.