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A native Southern Californian, I was born in Oxnard and raised in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista. I began my undergraduate education at Southwestern Community College and completed a bachelor's degree in History (Phi Beta Kappa) at UC San Diego. After graduation, I relocated to South Pasadena with my wife and two daughters to begin the P.h.D in History at USC.
At UCSD, a class on the history of Los Angeles, taught by Danny Widener, shifted my academic interests to race and ethnicity in California and the West. Then, as a McNair Scholar under David G. Gutiérrez, I developed a keen interest in the politics of immigration, which culminated in an honor’s thesis on Mexican American identity formation and grassroots political mobilization supervised by Luis Alvarez.
At USC, I have continued to pursue my interests in race and ethnicity in California and the West under the direction of George Sanchez and Bill Deverell.
- B.A. History, University of California, San Diego, 06/2011
Summary Statement of Research Interests
- I am a historian of race and ethnicity in the United States with a temporal focus on the twentieth century and a geographic emphasis on California and the West. My research centers on the intersection of race, space, and politics among second generation Mexican Americans in California. In particular, I examine the emergence of postwar ethnic grassroots organizations in greater Los Angeles in order to complicate understandings of Mexican American identity formation and political expression. More generally, my research seeks to integrate Chicano/Latino efforts for social justice with the larger Civil Rights Movement of the mid-to-late 20th century.
- 20th century U.S.; California; Race and Ethnicity; Chicano/Latino identity and politics.