University of Southern California

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David-James Gonzales

Contact Information

E-mail: davidjag@usc.edu

Biographical Sketch


David-James Gonzales (DJ) is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as the Academic Advisor for the USC Research Gateway Scholars Program. Trained as a U.S. historian, his research and teaching interests include: California and the West, Borderlands/Frontera Studies, civil rights and social justice movements, U.S. immigration policy, post-WWII metropolitan development, and Latina/o identity and politics. His dissertation examines the intersection of Latina/o civic engagement and metropolitan development in Orange County, CA from the New Deal to the Great Society.

DJ is a native Southern Californian, born in Oxnard and raised by public school educators in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista. He began his undergraduate education at Southwestern Community College and completed a bachelor's degree in History (summa cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa) at UC San Diego. Outside of academe David-James has worked in mortgage finance and for-profit higher education. He is also the producer and host of the weekly podcast New Books in Latino Studies and a contributing blogger on the Borderlands History Blog


Education

  • B.A. History, University of California, San Diego, 06/2011
  • M.A. History, University of Southern California, 05/2014


Employment History

  • Teaching Assistant, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, Department of History, University of Southern California, 2012-2013
  • Teaching Assistant, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, Department of History, University of Southern California, 2013-2014
  • Teaching Assistant, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, Department of History, University of Southern California, 2014

Research


Research Specialties


  • 19th - 20th century U.S., California and the West, urban/metropolitan history, Borderlands/Frontera Studies, Latina/o identity and politics.


Honors and Awards

  • Fellow (or Equivalent) of National Society in Discipline, USC Center for Excellence in Teaching Teaching Assistant Fellow, 2015-2016   
  • Academic Professional Development Award, Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education, USC Graduate School, Office of the Provost, 5/19/2014-8/17/2014  
  • Research Fellow, Institute for California and the West / Hearst Foundation, 5/20/2012-8/19/2012  
  • Research Fellow, EDGE-First Summer Institute, National Science Foundation and USC Graduate School, 2011-2012   
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund Recipient, UC San Diego, 2010-2011   
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honory Society Inductee, UC San Diego, 2010-2011   
  • McNair Scholars Program, U.S. Department of Education, UC San Diego, 2009-2010   

Service to the University


Administrative Appointments


  • Academic Adviser and Program Coordinator, USC McNair/Gateway Scholars, 05/19/2014-  
  • Graduate Student Advocate for Diversity and Professional Development, USC Graduate School, 05/19/2014-  

Service to the Profession


Conferences Organized


  • Lead Coordinator and Facilitator, USC McNair Scholars Summer Research Institute Symposium, USC Davidson Conference Center, Los Angeles, CA., 05/19/2014-07/30/2014  
  • Lead Coordinator and Facilitator, USC McNair Scholars Poster Presentation Session, USC Bogardus Courtyard, Los Angeles, CA., 05/19/2014-07/17/2014  

Professional Memberships


  • National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, 10/06/2014-  
  • American Historical Association, 09/01/2011-  
  • Organization of American Historians, 09/01/2011-  
  • Western History Association, 09/01/2011-