Born in New Jersey, Gerald E. Poyo grew up in Bogota, Colombia; Caracas, Venezuela; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a graduate student he studied Latin American and U.S. Latino history. He worked as a research associate and curator at the University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio before taking a faculty position at Florida International University in Miami in 1990. From 1992-1996 he occupied the O’Connor Chair in the Study of Spanish Colonial Texas and the Southwest at St. Mary’s University and then accepted a position in the Department of History. Poyo is currently Chair of the History Department and teaches courses in colonial and modern Latin American history as well as U.S. ethnic and immigration history and the history of Latino communities in the United States.