Light T. Cummins is the Guy M. Bryan Professor of History at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Texas State University—San Marcos, where he has received the Distinguished Alumni Award and been named an Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Liberal Arts. He received a Ph.D. in History from Tulane University where he worked with Hugh F. Rankin and Bennett H. Wall. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Spain. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the Philosophical Society of Texas. He is a lifetime Fellow of the Texas State Historian Association and a member of the Company of Fellows of the Louisiana Historical Association. He was named a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor in 2006. Cummins is the author or editor of academic books and scholarly articles along with two best-selling college textbooks, popular-oriented essays, and numerous book reviews. Among them, he is a co-author of the textbook Louisiana: A History, published by Harlan Davidson. His book Spanish Observers and the American Revolution received the Spain and America Prize from the Spanish government, awarded to him by King Juan Carlos I. His recent biography of Stephen F. Austin’s sister, entitled Emily Austin of Texas, 1795-1851,won the 2010 Liz Carpenter Award as the best book about a Texas woman. He served as the official State Historian of Texas from May, 2009 until July, 2012.