Wm. Roger Louis is the Kerr Chair of English History and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, his M.A. from Harvard University, and his D. Phil at Oxford University. He became a Fellow at St. Antony’s College in Oxford in 1986. Professor Louis served as President of the American Historical Association during 2000-01. He became the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the founding director for the National History Center in 2002.
Marian J. Barber is the Associate Director of the National History Center, joining in August 2011. A native Texan and a graduate of Rice University, Barber holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and an MA and PhD in history, also from UT- Austin. She has been a staff writer for the Kansas City Star and director of program development for the National Association for County Community and Economic Development and the Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies. She has taught U.S. history and Texas history at UT-Austin and Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas. She studies race, class, and ethnicity and is currently revising her dissertation, “How the Irish, Germans, and Czechs Became Anglo: Race and Identity in the Texas-Mexico Borderland,” for publication. She has worked for the National History Center as a volunteer since 2002 and has served as a program assistant for the Center’s International Seminar on Decolonization since 2008.