Dr. Carrigan teaches courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, American Western history, US Labor History, and Historical Methods. He received his B.A. (1993) from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.A.(1996) and Ph.D.(1999) from Emory University. His research interests include race and ethnicity in 19th century America, the history of the US Southwest borderlands, and the study of violence. He is the author of _The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916_, which won the Richard Wentworth Prize in 2006. With Clive Webb, he is currently co-authoring _Forgotten Dead: Mob Violence against Persons of Mexican Descent in the United States, 1848-1928_ for Oxford University Press.