About The Professor
Thomas O'Brien, a specialist in Latin American history, has been named a John & Rebecca Moores Professor of History at the University of Houston, Dr. O'Brien is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Century of U.S. Capitalism in Latin America (University of New Mexico Press, 1999); The Revolutionary Mission: American Enterprise in Latin America, 1900-1945 (Cambridge University Press, 1996); and The Nitrate Industry and Chile's Cruscial Transition (New York University Press, 1982). He also is the past winner of the Robertson Prize, which is awarded annually by the Conference on Latin American History for the best article in the Hispanic American Historical Review.
The University of Houston awards Moores Professorships to honor full-time tenured faculty who have achieved the rank of full professor and demonstrated excellence in research, teaching, and service. The purpose of the Moores Professors Program is to encourage and support continued excellence by providing funds for individual career development. Selection of faculty to become Moores Professors is accomplished through competitive review following nomination by individuals, department chairpersons, or deans.
Dr. O'Brien's colleagues in the history department congratulate him on this much-deserved recognition.