Andrés Reséndez is a professor of History at the University of California, Davis. He got his BA in International Relations at El Colegio de México in Mexico City and his MA and PhD in History at the University of Chicago. His main academic interests revolve around how people construct their ethnic and national identities in North America. 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 most recent 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.