Sandra I. Enríquez

Sandra I.  Enríquez
Associate Professor of History
Director of Public History Emphasis; Faculty Internship Coordinator; Associate Director of the Mellon Internship Program
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Info
816-235-6118 x 3
222A Cockefair Hall
Social historian of modern United States history with research and teaching interests in Chicanx and Latinx history, urban history, borderlands, social movements, public history, and Digital and Public Humanities


Dr. Sandra Enríquez is a social historian of modern United States history with particular research and teaching interests in Chicanx and Latinx history, urban history, borderlands, social movements and public history. She is currently working on a manuscript project tentatively titled ¡El Barrio No Se Vende!: Urban Redevelopment and Community-Controlled Preservation in El Paso, Texas, which examines grassroots preservation efforts to keep Mexican American neighborhoods from the bulldozer. Dr. Enríquez is the director of the Public History Emphasis and supervises the Public History internship program. She is also an affiliated faculty member with the Race, Ethnic and Gender Studies Department.

Dr. Enríquez is a native of Ciudad Juárez, México, and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Houston in 2016. She has served in a number of public history initiatives both in and out of UMKC and is currently a member of the Steering Committee for UMKC's Center for Digital and Public Humanities. She recently co-created "Show Me Missouri," a statewide collaborative digital exhibit in commemoration of the bicentennial of Missouri statehood. The project involved collaboration with universities and historic and cultural institutions throughout the state and tells the story of Missouri and Missourians through the lens of 200 historically and culturally significant objects. Dr. Enríquez is also the director of the Latinx KC Oral History Project and the co-editor of a digital project on Kansas City activism. She was a co-curator for the multi-venue exhibition El Paso: The Other Side of the Mexican Revolution, and for Museo Urbano, a grassroots community-based museum that celebrates the history and heritage of ethnic Mexicans in El Paso. She also served as an oral historian for the Gulf Coast Food Project and the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project, a public history and digital humanities initiative that collects, interprets, and disseminates interviews to the wider public.



  • GECDV 210 - We Shall (All) Overcome: Civil Rights Moments in Contemporary America 
  • HISTORY 343 - Oral History 
  • HISTORY 356 - Rise of the City in the U.S. 
  • HISTORY 379 - Museums, Monuments, and American Life: An Introduction to Public History 
  • HISTORY 498WI - Senior Capstone 


  • HISTORY 5521 - Oral History 
  • HISTORY 5556 - Rise of the City in the U.S. 
  • HISTORY 5579 - Public History: Theory and Method 
  • HISTORY 5585GR - Colloquium in U.S. History
  • HISTORY 5587R - Research Seminar 

Academic Credentials

B.A. History, University of Texas at El Paso, UTEP (2009)
M.A. U.S.-México border history, UTEP (2011)
Ph.D. History, University of Houston (2016)