- Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Stanford, 2011)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Research Interests
- My research and writing focuses on Mexican American life, labor, and civil rights organizing in the post-World War II period. The war ushered in great social and demographic change, and both Mexican American men and women faced challenges including unionization struggles, a rise in Mexican immigration (both bracero guest worker and undocumented), and continued racial discrimination against ethnic minorities in America. My forthcoming book on the relationships between Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants in agricultural communities—and the story of how these two groups organized for their labor and civil rights in California's Salinas Valley in particular—will provide the first in-depth study of intra-ethnic conflict and cooperation between Latinos in the U.S. Southwest from the 1940s to the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s.
- Scholarly Works
- Book manuscript in progress:
Fields of Division: Latino Struggles for Rights in the Heart of Agricultural California (working title)
Articles in refereed journals:
“A Town Full of Dead Mexicans: The Salinas Valley Bracero Tragedy of 1963, A Collision of Communities, and the End of the Bracero Program,” Western Historical Quarterly (Spring 2013)
“An Unladylike Strike Fashionably Clothed: Mexican American and Anglo Women Garment Workers Against TexSon, 1959–1963,” Pacific Historical Review 78 (August 2009). Winner of the Western History Association Jensen-Miller Prize and the Pacific Coast Branch-American Historical Association W. Turrentine Jackson Prize
“A Community of Limits and the Limits of Community: MALDEF’s Chicana Rights Project, Empowering the ‘Typical Chicana’ and the Question of Civil Rights,” Journal of American Ethnic History 27 (Spring 2008).