Steve Wilson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nominee: Barbara Leigh Smith
Dr. Steven Harmon Wilson is Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at Tulsa Community College’s Metro Campus. Previously, he was tenured as Associate Professor of History at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. Wilson received his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Rice University, where he focused on American legal and constitutional history. He also earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Rice. Before becoming a historian, Dr. Wilson was employed at the National Security Agency (NSA) and at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is the author of The Rise of Judicial Managements in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1955-2000 (University of Georgia Press, 2003), and several articles on Mexican American civil rights, including “Brown Over ‘Other White’: Mexican American’s Legal Arguments and Litigation Strategy in Desegregation Litigation” (Law and History Review, vol. 21.1, March 2003), and “Some Are Born White, Some Achieve Whiteness, and Some Have Whiteness Thrust Upon Them: Mexican Americans and the Politics of Racial Classification in the Federal Judicial Bureaucracy” (in Colored Men and Hombres Aqui: Hernandez v. Texas and the Energence of Mexican American Lawyering, MA Olivas, ed. Arte Pulico, 2006).