I joined the UO History department in 2013 after four years as an Assistant Professor of International Studies at California State University, Long Beach. My research and teaching explore themes of identity, citizenship, migration, race, and nations in hemispheric and global context. My first book, Corazon de Dixie: Mexico and Mexicans in the U.S. South since 1910 (forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press), includes five historical case studies of largely-forgotten communities: the Mexicans and Mexican Americans who, since 1910, have arrived into landscapes traditionally understood to be black-and-white (Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina).
My second book was inspired by my experiences creating and teaching a course about global migration. The diverse students in my class quickly saw connections among the experiences of migrant groups in different parts of the world, yet too few historians were making such connections in their scholarship. I have thus begun work on a new project, Guest Workers: a History across Borders, that will weave together the experiences of “temporary” immigrant workers through time and space in the post-World War II period.
In addition to academia, I have experience in the immigration policy arena. From 2000-2002 I worked in the administration of Mexico’s President Vicente Fox as a speechwriter and researcher for the cabinet-level Office of the President for Mexicans Living Abroad. I have also worked as a translator, paralegal, project manager, and policy researcher at immigration-related agencies in New Haven and Los Angeles.
Ph.D., History, Yale University
M.A., M.Phil., History, Yale University
B.A., with distinction, Anthropology and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration, Yale University
Awards and fellowships
Weatherhead Fellowship, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM
National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Award
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
George Washington Egleston Historical Prize, Yale Graduate School
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
Corazón de Dixie: Mexico and Mexicans in the U.S. South since 1910, forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press.
“Dispatches from the ‘Viejo’ New South: Historicizing Recent Latino Migrations,” Latino Studies 10:1-2, special issue, “Latinos in the U.S. South,” May 2012.
“Mexican nationalisms, Southern racisms: Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the U.S. South, 1908-1939.”American Quarterly 60:3, special issue, “Nation and Migration—Past and Future,” September 2008.
Interview, "Residents Uneasy About Immigrant Shift Into Suburbs," NPR All Things Considered, October 19, 2014.
Interview, “Immigration reform may solve longterm care worker shortage,” Healthcare Finance News, March 12, 2013
Interview, “Immigration reform could increase California tax revenue, shift worker base, experts say,” The Long Beach Press-Telegram, January 28, 2013
Radio interview about immigration reform, Bill Carroll show, KFI AM, Los Angeles.
“Mexican Archives and the Search for Old Immigrants in ‘New’ Destinations,” Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences, videotaped lecture, March 2, 2012
“A Heavy Price to Ending Birthright Citizenship,” Op/Ed, The Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2010
Television interview, Charter Local Edition on CNN Headline News, September 2010.