Barbara Ganson received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. Her first book, The Guarani Under Spanish Rule in the Rio de la Plata (Stanford University Press, 2003) won two book prizes: a 2003 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title and the 2005 Murdo MacLeod Book Award from the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association for the best book in the field of Latin American and Caribbean History, Spanish borderlands, and the Atlantic world, published during the previous two years. She is an Area Editor for the journal, The Americas . She has served as president of two historical organizations: the Southwestern Historical Association and the Latin American and Caribbean History Section of the Southern Historical Association. She is the Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at FAU. She specializes in two fields of study: Latin American history and aviation history.
Her manuscript, Texas Takes Wing: A Century of Flight in the Lone Star State was published in January 2014 by the University of Texas Press. Her latest book manuscript "Lady Daredevils: American Women and Early Flight" is under advanced contract with University of Illinois Press. In the Spring 2017, she will be on a research fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College. She is working on a new edition of Peruvian Jesuit Antonio Ruiz de Montoya's Conquista Espiritual (1639).
She is also trustee at the International Women's Air and Space Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
Curriculum Vitae (Available upon request)