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James W. Mills

Mr. James W. Mills 

Mr. James W. Mills

Jim Mills has always had a passion for the history of his home town, Brownsville, Texas. A graduate of UTB, Mills holds an M.A.I.S. in history and enjoys researching the U.S.-Mexican War, Fort Brown, and the American Civil War along the Rio Grande River. He passes his passion for those subjects on to his students. He has taught U.S. History, Texas History, the Emergence of Modern America, the History of Spain, and the American History Senior Seminar.

His publications include "Irregulars: Guerrilla and Ranchero Warfare in South Texas and Northern Mexico during the Mexican-American War," "The United States Military Occupation of Matamoros, Mexico, 1846-1848," "The Arkansas Volunteers in the Mexican War: Their Participation, Their Controversy, Their History," "Mayor and Commissioner Henry Gonzalez," "A Brief Look at the Political Career of Ygnacio Garza," and "Jim Mills: from West Texas farmer to South Texas Mayor." Most recently, Mills has edited a collection of primary sources entitled Documenting the American Past, for use in survey courses.

Mills is the adviser for history education majors, the facilitator for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards, and is also a member of the board of directors for the Brownsville Historical Association. He is the recipient of the A.S.P.I.R.E. teaching award, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development award, the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.


B.A. History
M.A.I.S. History

CV/VITAE: Mills Vitae​​

Classes Taught:

HIST 4390 American History Senior Seminar
HIST 4373 History of Spain
HIST 4303 Emergence of Modern America
HIST 3340 Texas History
HIST 1302 United States Since 1877
HIST 1301 United States to 1877
UNIV 1301 The University Experience

Joined UTB:


Area of Specialty and Responsibility:

Chair - Curriculum Committee
UTB Library Committee
Facilitator for TExES teacher certification preparations

Previous Experience:

Refer to Vitae

Office Hours - spring 2012

Tuesday & Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Office: MRCS 302
Phone: (956) 882-3860
Fax: (956) 882-8260

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