Jointly appointed with the U.S. Latino/a Studies Program
631 Ross Hall
Department of History
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1202
Phone: (515) 294-3594
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Research and Teaching Interests
Mexican American History
African American History
Race and Comparative Race Relations
Civil Rights and Social Justice
Fighting Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas(University of North Carolina Press, 2011)
The Struggle in Black and Brown: African American and Mexican American Relations During the Civil Rights Era (University of Nebraska Press, 2012)
Crossing Boundaries: Ethnicity, Race, and National Belonging in a Transnational World (Lexington Books, 2013)
“Elusive Unity: African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Civil Rights in Houston,” in Debra Reid, ed., Seeking Civil Rights: Texans and Their Quests for Justice (Texas A&M University Press, 2009).
“‘We Want Justice!’: Police Murder, Mexican American Community Response, and the Chicano Movement,” in Dan Berger, ed., The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism (Rutgers University Press, 2010).
“The Movement in the Mirror: Civil Rights and the Causes of Black/Brown Disunity in Texas,” in Brian D. Behnken, ed. The Struggle in Black and Brown: African American and Mexican American Relations During the Civil Rights Era (Nebraska Press, 2012).
“Mexico’s American/America’s Mexican: Cross-border Flows of Nationalism and Culture between the United States and Mexico,” in Brian D. Behnken and Simon Wendt, eds. Crossing Boundaries: Ethnicity, Race, and National Belonging in a Transnational World.
“Controlling los hombres: American State Power and the Emasculation of the Mexican Community, 1850-1900,” in Simon Wendt and Pablo Dominguez, eds. Marginalized Masculinities and the Nation.
Series Editor, Racism in American Institutions, Praeger Publishers
Academic Board Member for ABC-CLIO’s American Mosaic Series