Dr. Don Carleton has been executive director of The University of Texas at Austin's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History since its creation in 1991. From 1979 until 1991, Dr. Carleton was head of the university's Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center. After earning his doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Houston, Carleton served as founding director of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC), an urban history archives project sponsored by Rice University, the University of Houston, and the City of Houston. At HMRC, he established The Houston Review: A Journal of History and Culture of the Gulf Coast.
Dr. Carleton has published and lectured extensively in the fields of historical research methods and sources, the history of broadcast journalism, and 20th century U.S. political history. He has worked as a historical consultant and lecturer in Nicaragua, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Israel, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Romania.
Dr. Carleton holds the university's J. R. Parten Chair in the Archives of American History. Listed in Who's Who in America, he is a trustee of the Sam Rayburn Foundation and a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association. Dr. Carleton also has been honored with membership in The Texas Institute of Letters, the Austin Headliners Club, and the Philosophical Society of Texas.