Louie Dean Valencia


NEH Distinguished Professor in the Humanities
Center for Texas Public History, Director
Associate Professor of Digital History
Email: lvalencia@txstate.edu
Socials: Instagram & Twitter 
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:
Europe; youth; digital history; social change; popular culture and celebrity; social media, music, and visual culture; far-right culture; antifascism; public history and historical memory; urban spaces and the environment

Dr. Louie Dean Valencia is the NEH Distinguished Professor in the Humanities for 2024-2027, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through his work in the Center for Texas Public History, he is an internationally recognized speaker and organizes programming related to digital technology, media, A.I., the environment, and contemporary social issues affecting young people.

Dr. Valencia studies how young people create social change through technology, art, counterculture, protest and activism, social media, celebrity, and in public spaces. His interests range from queer icons of the Renaissance to antiauthoritarian punks of the 1970s to the use and abuse of history in the contemporary world. 

His books include Far-Right Revisionism and the End of History (2020), which studies how the far-right uses and abuses history and historical memory to legitimate fascism, authoritarianism, and identitarianism, and Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture in Francoist Spain (2018), a study of Spanish New Wave and how libertine youth culture challenged fascism. Currently, he is completing a book on identity, celebrity, and British musician Harry Styles. He also actively researches the history of HIV/AIDS in Europe. He is a member of the editorial boards of Popular Culture Review, Modern History of Politics and Violence, and Revista Internacional de Estudios sobre Terrorismo. He is editor for a forthcoming series on counterculture.

Dr. Valencia’s work has been covered by NPR, BBC, CNN, Teen Vogue, The Guardian, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Today Show, Us Weekly, Glamour, Good Morning America, Elle, GQ, Vanity Fair, NME, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Dazed, Seventeen, L’essentiel, Cosmopolitan, Paper, Grazia, Hunger, Nylon, Complex, amongst hundreds of other media outlets. 

Dr. Valencia dedicated his youth to making and selling websites, living out of hostels, pilgrimaging to Caravaggio paintings, and attending festivals. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Early and Late Modern European History from Fordham University in New York City. He has taught at Harvard University and received fellowships and grants from United States Library of Congress, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Spanish Ministry of Education, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Santander Bank, amongst others. 

At the Museum of the City of New York, he curated exhibitions on swing dance in Harlem, the photography of Carl Van Vechten, and has had his work featured in the MCNY permanent exhibition, New York at Its Core. He has directed and developed curricula for the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University, a fully-funded five-week pipeline program which placed 98% of its students in Ivy League and top-ranked universities. He has worked as a digital strategy analyst/consultant on major digital projects and campaigns for GOOP, PepsiCo., Ann Taylor/LOFT, and Patrón Tequila, amongst others.

Always in search of little adventures, he enjoys travelling, reading, black and white photography, browsing comic book shops, music and film festivals, coffee shops, and collecting records. When not listening to NPR, his favourite musicians include Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Jacob Collier, Mehro, Vampire Weekend, Surfaces, Arcade Fire, Lana del Rey, Guitarricadelafuente, Patti Smith, Nelly Furtado, the 1975, Caravan Palace, Ratatat, or Phoenix.

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Courses Taught


  • Digital History (HIST 5375N)
  •  European Fascisms and Historical Memory (HIST 5318F)
  • The Practice of Public History (HIST 5371)
  • General Research Seminar (HIST 5398)


  • Europe since 1919 (HIST 3311)
  • Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culture (Honors 3399Q)
  • History Lab: European Cinema and Film Festival (HIST 4374B)
  • History of Early Modern Spain from 1492 to 1808 (HIST 3332)
  • History of Modern Spain from 1808 to Present (HIST 3333)
  • Humanities II: The Spanish Civil War (HON 2309H)
  • International Studies Senior Capstone (IS 4380)
  • Myths of Western Civilization (HON 3399F)
  • Podcasting History: Marking Marginalized Voices Heard (4318Z)
  • Queer Youth History (HIST 4318W)
  • University Seminar (US 1100 [Honors])
  • Western Civilization, 1715 to Date (HIST 2320)