Curriculum Vitae                       Kearney James                         Fall 2016












Teaching Experience












Fall 2013-2015

·      Ph. D., Cross-disciplinary, History and German; issued by Department of Germanic Studies, UT Austin

·      Completed “Careers in Business” UT Graduate School of Business, Austin

·      A.B.D. in German Language and Literature, University of Texas at Austin

·      B.A. History and German, University of Texas at Austin



·      Lecturer UT Austin GER 327E/ AMS 321/EUS 346; “European Immigration to Texas in the 19th Century”; UGS 320. “Dissent in Democracy: The Civil War and Vietnam in Texas”






2006, 2008

·      German teacher at Katy High School, Katy, Texas. AP and ESL certified. Beginning German through German IV (AP).

·      Department Chair of Languages Other than English (LOTE) at KHS (ten teachers). AP and ESL certified.

·      Academic Decathlon coach




·      Part-time instructor of German I, II, and III at Columbus High School, Columbus, TX.

·      TA and AI at the University of Texas (Austin); German I, II, Scientific German

























Book Reviews

Spring 2010




Spring 2012






Fall 2014




Spring 2015





Fall 2016

·      Nassau Plantation: The Evolution of a German-Texas Slave Plantation (Denton, University of North Texas Press, March 2010). [Nominated for the Tullis award]

·      Friedrichsburg by Friedrich Armand Strubberg; Translated, Annotated, and illustrated by James C. Kearney (Austin: University of Texas Press, April, 2012). [Winner of the Summerfield G. Roberts Award for the best Texas Book of 2012]

·      “European Immigrant History in the 19th Century,” in: Bruce Glasrud, et al, eds., Discovering Texas History, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, September 2014).

·      Travel to Texas in 1833. Trans. and critical annotation of Detlev Dunt’s Reise nach Texas im Jahre 1833,first book published in Germany about Texas. (Austin: University of Texas Press, June 2015).

·      No Hope for Heaven; No Fear of Hell: The Stafford/Townsend Feud. (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2016).


·      Los Brazos de Dios: Plantation Society in the Texas Borderlands, 1821-1865. By Sean M. Kelly. (Baton Rouge Louisiana State University Press, 2010). Reviewed in: Southwestern Historical Quarterly, April 2012.

·      Promised Land: Solm, Castro, and Sam Houston’s Colonization Contracts. By Jefferson Morgenthaler. (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2009). Reviewed in: Southwestern Historical Quarterly, July 2011.

·      David Kokernot; Rogue Soldier of the Texas Revolution (Kullyspel Press, June 15, 2012). Reviewed in: Southwestern Historical Quarterly, July 2012.



Works in Progress








Talks, Lectures, Papers












June 16, 2015



February 2015


March 2015



Sept 7, 2014


June 14, 2014

Nov 23, 2013


Sept 21, 2013



Sept 21, 2013


Sept 20, 2013


May 15, 2013


June 12, 2013


·      The Delaware Indians of Texas. Under contract with the University of Texas Press.

·      The Complete History of The Society for the Protection of German Emigrants in Texas. Under contract with the University of Texas Press.

·      Annotated translation of Die Lateiner am Possum Creek [The Eggheads of Possum Creek]; A Texas Story by W.A. Trenckmann.


·      Nesbitt Memorial Library, Columbus, TX. “Detlef Dunt’s Journey to Texas in 1833; First Book Published in Germany about Texas.”

·      East Texas Historical Association Spring Meeting, Moderator for session on “Women in Texas History”

·      Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting, Corpus Christi, Texas, “ Patterns of German Immigration in Texas in the 19th Century.”

·      Bob Bullock Museum, Austin, TX “Medevac in Vietnam: A personal perspective.”

·      Goethe Center, Dallas, TX “Adelsverein in Texas.”

·      Blanton Museum, University of Texas, Austin, TX “German Culture in the Texas Hill Country”

·      Festival Hill Symposium, Round Top, TX “German Frontier Architecture in Relationship to Primary Source Materials”

·      German Texan Heritage Society, Winedale, TX “Nassau Plantation Stories”

·      German Texan Heritage Society, Winedale, TX, “German Freidenker in Texas”

·      Round Top Historical Society, Round Top, TX “Nassau Plantation”

·      Symposium on the Vietnam Experience, University of Houston, Victoria Branch, Victoria, TX “The Evolution of Medevac during the Vietnam War”

October 16, 2012


October 15, 2012



October 10, 2012


Sept. 27, 2012



Sept. 10, 2012



August 11, 2012




August 2, 2012


July 27, 2012




July 26, 2012


June 21, 2012


June 2,3, 2012


May 18, 2012




March 27, 2012



March 10, 2012




January 24, 2012

October 20, 2011





Sept. 23, 2011


March 22, 2011



March 4, 2010

·      Gillespie County Historical Association, Fredericksburg, TX, “Observations on the SPGET”

·      Department of Germanic Languages, University of Texas at Austin, “The Society for the Protection of German Emigrants in Texas; Fact and Fiction”

·      Books in the Basin, Meet the Authors, Odessa, TX, “From Thucydides to Texas”

·      East Texas Historical Society Annual Meeting,   “Double Jeopardy: Served in WWII; Recalled in Korea”

·      German Free School, Austin, TX, “Friedrichsburg by Friedrich Armand Strubberg”

·      Comfort Heritage Foundation, 150th Commemoration of the Battle of the Nueces, Comfort, TX, “The Battle of the Nueces in Historical Context”

·      Texas German Society Meeting, Victoria, TX, “Nassau Plantation and Fredericksburg, TX”

·      German-Texan Heritage Society Convention, New Braunfels, TX, (1) “Louis Cachand Ervendberg; Pastor, Educator, Naturalist” (2) “Friedrich von Wrede, Sr: From Waterloo to Texas”

·      Texas German Society Meeting, Katy Texas, “Nassau Plantation and Fredericksburg, TX”

·      Nesbitt Memorial Library Author Series, Columbus, TX, “Friedrichsburg by Friedrich Armand Strubberg”

·      27th Annual Tall Grass Writers’ Symposium and Workshop, Emporia, Kansas, “Writing Texas History”

·      Gillespie County Historical Society Ist Annual Meusebach Lecture Series, Fredericksburg, TX,   “Louis Cachand Ervendberg’s treatise on the Agricultural Prospects of West Texas”

·      West Texas Historical Association Annual Convention, San Angelo, TX, “The Delaware Indians of Texas”

·      Daughters of the Republic of Texas, New Braunfels, TX, “Nassau Plantation and Fredericksburg; How one Thing Leads to Another”

·      Weimar Book Club, Weimar, TX, “Nassau Plantation”

·      The Civil War in Texas: Changing Interpretations after 150 Years, Sponsored by Victoria College/University of Houston, Victoria, TX, “German Loyalties; Contrast and Reconciliation: Jacob Küchler and William von Rosenberg”

·      East Texas Historical Association Convention, Nacogdoches, TX, “Sam Houston: The Father of German Immigration in Texas”

·      “Using Texas German History in the German Classroom.” Presentation at the Texas Foreign Language Association Convention. San Antonio, TX.

·      “German Perceptions of Texas in the 19th Century as shaped by Friedrich Armand Strubberg and Detlev Dunt.”   Southwestern Historical Association Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX. Dr. James Crisp of the University of North Carolina, moderator

June 2010 ·      “Double Jeopardy: Served in WW II; Recalled for the Korean Conflict.” Symposium on the Korean War at Victoria College organized by Dr. James Smallwood and Charles Spurlin. Hosted by Jim Lehrer of PBS.
April 1, 2006, ·      “Home and Hearth: House Form and Domestic Space in Frontier Texas” with Dr. Ken Hafertepe of Baylor University, Winedale Spring Symposium , hosted by The Center for American History of the University of Texas, Austin and moderated by Dr. Don Carlton.
May 3, 2003 ·      “The Manor House at Nassau Plantation” presented at the Third Annual Lee Quinn Nesbitt Symposium on Texas History and Culture.
March 16, 2002


May 2000

·      “Nassau Plantation” Keynote speaker at the Texas German Heritage Convention in Shelby, TX.

·      “E.E. Townsend: Texas Ranger; Father of the Big Bend National Park.” First Annual Lee Quinn Nesbitt Symposium on Texas History and Culture.

October 27, 1995 ·      “Nassau Plantation, Promise and Reality” presented at the Oktober Gartenfest hosted by the University of Texas Winedale Historical Center




1996 ·      Wirtschaftsdeutch (Business German) examination administered by the German-American Chamber of Commerce, certified as “proficient”
1995 ·      Zentrale Oberstufungsprüfung (Standard Advanced Test for German Proficiency) administered by the Goethe Institut, the Cultural Office of the German Foreign Service. Highest mark of proficiency.
2002 ·      TEA certified German language secondary level; ESL




1990 to present ·      Founder and President of the Nesbitt Memorial Library Foundation, Columbus, TX
·      In 1985 offered free evening classes for four months in beginning German at the Nesbitt Memorial library in Columbus, Texas.
1980-2000 ·      President of the Nesbitt Memorial Library Board of Directors in Columbus, TX


Professional Memberships








Texas Institute of Letters

Texas State Historical Association

East Texas Historical Association

West Texas Historical Association

Texas German Society

German-Texan Heritage Society (board member)

Society for German American Studies


Summerfield G. Roberts award for best Texas Book 2013.