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George Sanchez

Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History
Vice Dean
Center Director
Mentor

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E-mail: georges@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2531
Office: ADM 304

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Biographical Sketch

GEORGE J. SANCHEZ is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity, and History at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives. He is the author of _Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945_ (Oxford, 1993), co-editor of _Los Angeles and the Future of Urban Cultures_ (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005) and _Civic Engagement in the Wake of Katrina_ (University of Michigan Press, 2009), and author of “’What’s Good for Boyle Heights is Good for the Jews’: Creating Multiracialism on the Eastside During the 1950s,” _American Quarterly_ 56:3 (September 2004). His academic work focuses on both historical and contemporary topics of race, gender, ethnicity, labor, and immigration, and he is currently working on a historical study of the ethnic interaction of Mexican Americans, Japanese Americans, African Americans, and Jews in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles, California in the twentieth century. He is Past President of the American Studies Association in 2001-02, and is one of the co-editors of the book series, “American Crossroads: New Works in Ethnic Studies,” from the University of California Press. He currently serves as Director of the Center for Diversity and Democracy at USC, which focuses on issues of racial/ethnic diversity in higher education and issues of civic engagement. In 2010, he received the Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education (Research Institutions) Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc. and in 2011, he received the first ever Equity Award for individuals that have achieved excellence in recruiting and retaining underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into the historical profession from the American Historical Association. He received his Ph.D. in History in 1989 from Stanford University.
 

Education

Ph.D. History, Stanford University, 6/1989
M.A. History, Stanford University, 6/1984
B.A. History and Sociology, Harvard University, 6/1981
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Associate Professor, University of Michigan, 09/01/1993-08/31/1997  
Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, 09/01/1988-08/31/1993  
 

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Adjunct Professor in American Studies, The Center for the Study of the Americas, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 2004-2009  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Sanchez researches historical and contemporary topics of race, gender, ethnicity, labor, and immigration. Currently, he is working on two projects: a book on the impact of contemporary Mexican migration on the culture and politics of Los Angeles at the end of the 20th century, and a historical study of the ethnic interaction of Mexican-Americans, Japanese-Americans and Jews in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles.
 

Research Specialties

(Ph.D., Stanford University, 1989) Professor of ASE and History: Chicano/a immigration, American West.
 

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

ENHANCING DIVERSITY AT USC: THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN STUDIES (Irvine Foundation), George Sanchez, $3,600,000, 03/08/2001-09/07/2005  
 

USC Funding

Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities & Social Sciences. "The House We Live In": Race, Difference and the Genealogy of "Group Relations" Across Disciplines: This project examines how disciplines in the humanities and social sciences understand "group relations" between the more established African American community and the emerging Latino community., $25,000, 2007-2008   
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Center for Diversity and Democracy, Director, http://college.usc.edu/cdd/home/index.cfm
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"A Perspective from a Historian and a Chair", Modern Language Association annual conference, Roundtable/Panel, Los Angeles, California, Invited, Spring 2011   
"Global Migrations into U.S. Multiracial Communities in the Early 20th Century", Lecture/Seminar, University of Wisconsin, Madison, A.E. Havens Center for the Study of Social Structu, Invited, Spring 2011   
"The Role of High School Tensions in Understanding Black-Latino Interaction in the 1960s and 1970s", Lecture/Seminar, University of Wisconsin, Madison, A.E. Havens Center for the Study of Social Structu, Invited, Spring 2011   
"Anti-Immigration Movements and Nativism in Historical Perspective", Sociology Forum, Talk/Oral Presentation, Pomona, California, California Polytechnic University at Pomona, Invited, Fall 2010   
"Borders, Bridges, and Transnational Neighborhoods: The Case of Boyle Heights, California", Lecture/Seminar, Middlebury, Vermont, Middlebury College, Invited, Fall 2010   
"Expanding Notions of ‘The Public’ in Public History and Humanities: Notes from the Field", Keynote Lecture, Madison, New Jersey, Drew University, Invited, Spring 2010   
"The Future of Diversity", Arts and Humanities Conference, Keynote Lecture, Columbus, Ohio, The Ohio State University, Invited, Spring 2009   
"Challenging the Borders of Civic Engagement: Ethnic Studies and the Meaning of Community Democracy", Connecting Communities: The University and Multi-Ethnic Civic Engagement Symposium, Keynote Lecture, Irvine, California, University of California, Irvine, Invited, Spring 2008   
"Suburban Agonies and Urban Nightmares", Organization of American Historians annual conference, Roundtable/Panel, New York, New York, Roundtable on "Where are Jews on America’s Multicu, Invited, Spring 2008   
"Approaching New Subjectivities: African American/Latino Relations in the Twentieth Century", American Historical Association, Comment, Atlanta, Georgia, Spring 2007   
"Fighting for the Right to Learn: Equity and Justice in the Corporate University", Humanities or Human Resources?: The Future of Ethnic Studies and Labor in the Corporate University, Talk/Oral Presentation, New York University, Department of American Studies, Spring 2007   
 

Other Presentations

"Boyle Heights History and the Power of our Memories", Installation of New Officers, Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles, California, Fall 2011   
"Boyle Heights Stories of Courage and Resiliency", Libros Schmibros Bookstore, Boyle Heights Historical Society, Los Angeles, California, Fall 2011   
"The House of Quality: William Phillips and the Shaping of a Multiracial Boyle Heights", Concert in Honor of the Phillips Music Store, California Plaza, Los Angeles, California, Fall 2011   
"One Life in Academia", Keynote Talk, California Forum for Diversity, University of Southern California, Spring 2011   
"The Case for Reflective Engagement in University-Community Partnerships", American Cultures Spotlight Series, American Cultures Program, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2010   
"Our Heritage, Our Boyle Heights", Boyle Heights Heritage Symposium, Consulate Generals of Japan, Israel, and Mexico, Tateuchi Democracy Forum, Japanese American National Museum, Spring 2010   
"Population Removals in Times of Crisis: Mexican Repatriation and Slum Clearance in the (Last) Great Depression", Keynote Presentation, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Study, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Fall 2009   
"Edward R. Roybal and the Politics of Multiracialism", W.P. Whitsett Lecture in California History, Department of History, California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles, California, Spring 2009   
"Remembering Boyle Heights: Race and the Politics of Memory in Los Angeles", George A.V. Dunning Lecture, The Historical Society of Southern California, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, Los Angeles, CA, Fall 2006   
 

Publications

Book

Sanchez, G. J. Bridging Borders, Remaking Community: Racial Interaction in Boyle Heights, California in the 20th Century. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Sanchez, George J. (Ed.). (2011). Beyond Alliances: The Jewish Role in Reshaping the Racial Landscape of Southern California. (Vol. 9, Purdue University Press: The Jewish Role in American Life: An Annual Review of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life.
Sanchez, George J. and Amy Koritz (Ed.). (2009). Civic Engagement in the Wake of Katrina. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press.
Sanchez, G. J., Villa, R. H. (2005). Los Angeles and the Future of Urban Cultures. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Sanchez, G. J. (1993). Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900 - 1945, Oxford University Press, 1993. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
 

Book Chapter

Sanchez, G. J. (2010). Disposable People, Expendable Neighborhoods. A Companion to Los Angeles pp. 129-146. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Sanchez, G. J. (2002). 'Y tu que?': Latino History in the New Millenium. (Vol. 45-58). Berkeley and Los Angeles: Latinos!: Remaking America/University of California Press.
 

Conference Proceeding

Sanchez, G. J. (2007). Regionalism: The Significance of Place in American Jewish Life. 2. pp. 124-127. Baltimore, MD. American Jewish History/The Johns Hopkins University Press.
 

Journal Article

Sanchez, G. J. (2010). Edward R. Roybal and the Politics of Multiracialism. Southern California Quarterly. Vol. 92 (1)
Sanchez, G. J. (2007). Confronting a Crisis in the Historical Profession. Perspectives: Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association. Vol. 45 (7), pp. 49-51.
Sanchez, G. J. (2004). 'What's Good for Boyle Heights is Good for the Jews': Creating Multiracialism on the Eastside During the 1950s. American Quarterly/Johns Hopkins University Press. Vol. 56 (3)
Sanchez, G. J. (2003). Race and Immigration in Changing Communities of the United States. The Japanese Journal of American Studies. (14), pp. 7-20.
Sanchez, G. J. (2002). Working at the Crossroads: American Studies for the Twenty-First Century; Presidential Address to the American Studies Association, November 9, 2001. American Quarterly/Johns Hopkins University Press. Vol. 54 (1), pp. 1-23.
Sanchez, G. J. (2000). Creating the Multicultural Nation: Adventures in Post-national American Studies in the 1990s. Post-Nationalist American Studies / University of California Press.
Sanchez, G. J. (1997). Face the Nation: Race, Immigration, and the Rise Of Nativism in Late Twentieth Century America. International Migration Review. Vol. 31 (4)
 

Research Report

Sanchez, G. J. (2007). The History of Segregation in Los Angeles: A Report on Racial Discrimination and Its Legacy. Scheff & Washington, PC, in legal case American Civil Rights Foundation v. Los Angeles Unified School District.
Sanchez, G. J. (2005). Crossing Figueroa: The Tangled Web of Diversity and Democracy. Position Papers from Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, University of Michigan.
Sanchez, G. J., Tierney, W. G., Campbell, D. (2004). The Road Ahead: Improving Diversity in Graduate Education. CA: Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis.
 
 

Honors and Awards

One Day Conference Honoring Impact of Becoming Mexican American, Autry National Center of Western Heritage and History, Los Angeles, California, Fall 2011   
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, 2011 Provost Mentoring Award, Spring 2011   
First Equity Award from the American Historical Association in recognition of excellence in recruiting and retaining underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into the historic profession., Fall 2010   
Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education (Research Institutions) Award, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc., Spring 2010   
W.P. Whitsett Lecturer in California History, California State University, Northridge, Spring 2009   
Professor of the Month, Mortar Board Undergraduate Senior Honor Society, Fall 2007   
Mellon Excellence in Mentoring Award for Mentoring Graduate Students, 2006-2007   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Constance Rourke Prize for Best Article published in the American Quarterly, 2005-2006  
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, General Education Teaching Award, 2005-2006   
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient, Huntington Library, 2002-2003  
 

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives, 11/2010-  
Director, Center for Diversity and Democracy, 08/2007-  
Vice Dean for College Diversity, 12/2009-11/2010  
Director of College Diversity, 04/2008-12/2009  
 

Service to the Profession

Committees

Chair, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, National Advisory Board, 2007-2011  
Chair, American Studies Association, Committee on Graduate Education, 2007-2010  
Chair, Organization of American Historians, ALANA (Minority) Scholars Committee, 2007-2009  
Member, Organization of American Historians, Nominating Committee, 2005-2009  
 

Conferences Organized

Chair & Organizer, Imagining America Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, 2007-2008  
 

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Series Co-editor, American Crossroads: New Works in Ethnic Studies (Univ. of California Press), 1994-  
 

Professional Offices

President, American Studies Association, 2001-2002   
 

Professional Memberships

American Historical Association, Minority Scholars Committee, 2004-2008  
Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, 2004-2007  
American Studies Association Distinguished Lecturer, 2000-2007  
 

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Consultant, The Peopling of America Center, Ellis Island Foundation, -  
Member, Board of Advisors, Studio for Southern California History, -  
Member, Center for Civil and Human Rights Global Advisory Board, Atlanta, Georgia, -  
 
 
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