I am trained as a historian of the United States, with specialties in Chicana/o histories and California. I study the past as a means of finding useful ways to analyze tensions marking our present: equality/inequality, equity/inequity, freedom/oppression, and democracy/empire. I am particularly concerned with these tensions as they relate to the experiences of people of color in the Americas.
I locate my scholarship within the interdisciplinary fields of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, with meaningful interjections into Comparative Ethnic Studies and Cultural Studies. This includes work in Chicana/o and Latina/o histories, California studies, and social movements.
I am currently working on a book exploring the impact of the Vietnam War on Latino communities in the United States, based largely on oral histories with Chicano/Latino veterans of the Vietnam War and their families.
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Latinos at the Golden Gate: Creating Community and Identity in San Francisco (University of North Carolina Press, August 2013).
Latinos at the Golden Gate is the first in-depth historical inquiry of the Latin American-descent populations in San Francisco, California. Stretching from the Gold Rush to the post-World War II era of social change, it details the historical forces and processes which gave rise to a diverse population of Spanish-speaking migrants to the city, and the myriad ways they and their descendants coalesced to forge and express a shared sense of identity and community.
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Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes
“‘All those who care about the Mission, stand up with me!’: Latino Community Formation and the Mission Coalition Organization,” in Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978, edited by Chris Carlsson (San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2011), 48-60.
“L’America non capisce il suo razzismo,” Limes: Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica (Sept. 2009): 117-124.
“Disobedient Bodies: Race, Resistance, and the Mass (Re)Articulation of the Mexican Immigrant Body,” American Behavioral Scientist, vol. 52, no. 4 (Dec. 2008): 580-597.
“On the Merits of Racial Identity,” in Pop Perspectives: Readings to Critique Contemporary Culture, ed. Laura Gray-Rosendale (McGraw Hill, 2008), 132-138.
“On the Merits of Racial Identity,” in Collective Action: A Bad Subjects Anthology, ed. Megan Shaw Prelinger and Joel Schalit (Pluto Press, 2004), 157-161.
“The Free Speech Movement Café: History, Memory, and the Political Legacy of Coffee,” with Jason M. Ferreira, in Collective Action: A Bad Subjects Anthology, ed. Megan Shaw Prelinger and Joel Schalit (Pluto Press, 2004), 68-72.
“The Burden of History and John Sayles’ Lonestar,” in Westerns: Films through History (AFI Film Readers), ed. Janet Walker (Routledge Press, 2001), 71-85.
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Review of Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community, by Monica Perales, Oral History Review, vol. 38, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2011), 274-276.
Review of The Last Chicano: A Mexican American Experience, by Manuel Ruben Delgado, Latino Studies, vol. 8, no. 3 (Autumn 2010), 421-32.
Review of The Power of the Zoot: Youth Culture and Resistance During World War II, by Luis Alvarez, Oral History Review, vol. 37, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2010), 142-144.
Review of “Mi Raza Primero!” (My People First!): Nationalism, Identity, and Insurgency in the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles, 1966-1978, by Ernesto Chávez, Latino Studies, vol. 1, no. 3 (2003), 128-130.
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Opinions, Editorials, and Miscellany
“Finishing century-old business,” Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, October 11, 2011 (San Bernardino, CA), A9.
“Illegal Immigrants ‘are all over my house’,” published online at Racialicious: the intersection of race and pop culture, September 29, 2010. [Available online].
“Why Repealing Birthright Citizenship is More Difficult Than You Think,” published online at Racialicious: the intersection of race and pop culture, September 8, 2010. [Available online].
“Courageous students silence unjust voice,” with Darryl A. Smith, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, November 15, 2007 (San Bernardino, CA), A8.