My name is Shine. As of 2020, I am a PhD Student at the University of Houston. I earned an MA Public History from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas in 2019. I am a public historian specializing in place, space, borderlands, and digital history. My research focuses on Southwestern and Western regional history, highlighting the colonial impacts that affect the Indigenous and LatinX community today
My MA Public History capstone thesis was to develop a collaborative digital project, Returning to Roots: The History of Adobe in San Antonio. This project explores the urbanization of San Antonio and the destruction of the historical and vernacular architecture of early San Antonio.
My dissertation is an extension of my capstone thesis, expanding the time period of looking at the history of adobe in San Antonio over the course of 300 years. Expanding the time period allows me to incorporate how race and place have impacted the city overtime and provide an example of the layers that exist and causes a shift in how to define the Borderlands.