Andrés Résendez received his degree in History from University of Chicago. His main academic interests revolve around exploration of the Americas, colonization, the construction of ethnic and national identities in North America, borderlands, and Mexico’s history among others.
His first book, Changing National Identities at the Frontier (Cambridge University Press, 2005), explores how Spanish-speakers, Native Americans, and Anglo-American settlers living in Texas and New Mexico came to think of themselves as members of one ethnic/national community or another. His other book, A Land So Strange (Basic Books, 2007), looks at North America at the dawn of European colonization and through the eyes of the last four survivors of a disastrous expedition to Florida in the 1520s. A forthcoming book, The Other Slavery (under contract with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) will explore the enslavement of indigenous peoples in North America from the time of Columbus to 1900.