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Jay Harrison

Jay Harrison

Assistant Professor of History
Phone: 301-696-3268
Office: Rosenstock Hall, Room 103


  • M.A., Ph.D., Catholic University of America
  • B.A., University of Missouri


Jay Harrison is a cultural historian of the early modern Americas with research interests in indigenous history and the history of colonial settlement in Mexico, the American Southwest, and the greater Atlantic world including Africa. He teaches courses on world history, Latin America, indigenous peoples, the American Southwest borderlands, Atlantic societies and public history. His current research addresses the experiences of colonization of Native peoples in early Spanish Texas and that of the Spanish Franciscans who established missions in the region beginning in 1690.

As the director of a regional studies institute in Colorado before coming to Hood College, Harrison supervised the operations of a museum, historical archive, research library and public programs. He also developed partnerships with regional and national museums and graduate programs that resulted in additional collaborative projects and new research opportunities with those institutions, most recently with the University of Colorado, the University of California at Los Angeles and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. He serves on the board of directors for the Mesa Verde Museum Association at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.

Recent publications

“Imperial Conflicts on the Spanish-American Rim”, introductory essay in David Bernstein and Chris Magoc, eds., Imperialism and Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection (Santa Barbara, Cal.: ABC-CLIO, 2015)

“Negociando la supervivencia en la frontera de Texas: Franciscanos y grupos indígenas en las misiones españolas”, in Porfirio Sanz Camañes and David Rex Galindo, eds., La frontera en el mundo hispánico (Quito: Editorial Abya Yala, 2014)

“Franciscan Concepts of the Congregated Mission and the Apostolic Ministry in Eighteenth Century Texas”, in Timothy Johnson and Gert Melville, eds., From La Florida to La California: The Genesis and Realization of Franciscan Evangelization in the Spanish Borderlands (Berkeley: Academy of American Franciscan History, 2013)