About Alfredo E. Cardenas
Author of Balo’s War, A Novel About the Plan of San Diego
Alfredo E. Cardenas has written book reviews for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the Journal of South Texas, and Catholic Southwest, A Journal of History and Culture. He has written history articles for the Journal of South Texas and The Handbook of Texas. He has also written columns for various Texas newspapers on history and current affairs.
He was born, raised, and educated in San Diego, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, which he put into practice in a number of positions in government and with social service agencies, as well as with political campaigns. He has 30 hours of graduate work towards a master’s degree in history from Texas State University.
He served as director of community and economic development for Duval County before founding and publishing the Duval County Picture, a weekly newspaper in San Diego. He also served as mayor of San Diego for two terms, from 1992-1999. At present, his is the editor of the South Texas Catholic, a magazine for the Diocese of Corpus Christi.