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Omar Valerio-Jimenez, Ph.D., author "River of Hope"

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Omar Valerio-Jimenez, Ph.D., author "River of Hope"
Omar Valerio-Jimenez graduated from the Massachusetts Institute in Technology (MIT), working in the engineering field and moved to become a history professor at the University of Iowa.
 In River of Hope, Omar S. Valerio-Jiménez examines state formation, cultural change, and the construction of identity in the lower Rio Grande region during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He chronicles a history of violence resulting from multiple conquests, of resistance and accommodation to state power, and of changing ethnic and political identities. 
The redrawing of borders neither began nor ended the region's long history of unequal power relations. Nor did it lead residents to adopt singular colonial or national identities. Instead, their regionalism, transnational cultural practices, and kinship ties subverted state attempts to control and divide the population.