Laura Dominguez is a PhD candidate in the Department of History. Her research interests include racial formation, settler colonialism, placemaking, and public memory in the American West. Her dissertation traces histories and landscapes of repair in Los Angeles from the late eighteenth through early twenty-first centuries. Previously, Laura worked in preservation advocacy and education for the Los Angeles Conservancy and San Francisco Heritage. She is also a founding board member of Latinos in Heritage Conservation. She holds a Master of Historic Preservation from USC and a B.A. in the History and Theory of Architecture from Columbia University. 


  • MHP , University of Southern California, 5/2012
  • BA , Columbia University, 5/2010
  • Research Specialties

    19th and 20th Century California & the West; Chicanx History; Relational Ethnic Studies; Critical Heritage Studies; Public History