History, Political Science, and Philosophy


Dr. Shannon Baker

Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of History

People often ask me how a native of Massachusetts ended up becoming a Mexican and Mexican American history professor.  I don’t really have a good answer to that question other than it seemed like the right thing to do, but I do know that I feel fortunate to earn my living engaging in a profession that I love.  Teaching runs in the family; my father taught elementary school for over forty years.  I believe that I inherited my passion for teaching from him—we even have the same teaching anxiety dreams!  Of course, I also enjoy working on my research.  I am proud to be the world’s leading expert on the funeral that Antonio López de Santa Anna had for his left leg in 1842, and I am now working on Mexican American use of satire as a form of protest in the 1970s and 1980s.  In addition, I am co-editing a Mexican American primary documents reader.   Despite my love for history, when I am not at work, I am engaged in other pursuits such as reading novels, hanging out with my daughter, working on home renovations, walking our basset hound (named after famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo), or traveling with my family.

Contact Information

Texas A&M University-Kingsville
700 University Blvd. MSC 165
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
Rhode Hall 330
voice: 361-593-3594
fax: 361-593-3502
email: Shannon.Baker@tamuk.edu

Dr. Shannon Baker