Personal Statement:

Miroslava Chávez-García is Professor in the Department of History at the University of California at Santa Barbara and holds affiliate status in the Departments of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Feminist Studies. She is author of States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California’s Juvenile Justice System (University of California Press, 2012) and Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s to 1880s (University of Arizona Press, 2004). Her current manuscript, “Migrant Longing: Letter Writing in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” is a history of migration, courtship, and identity as told through 300 personal letters exchanged among family members in the 1960s and 1970s across the U.S.-Mexico border. The book will appear in the David J. Weber series in Borderlands history at the University of North Carolina Press and is scheduled to appear in early 2018. She is also co-authoring A Chicana & Chicano History of the United States (under contract with Beacon Press) with Professor Lorena Oropeza. Professor Chávez-García has received awards and fellowships from the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University, Ford Foundation for Diversity, and Organization of American History (OAH) and the Committee for the Germany Residency Program, which awarded her the residency at the University of Tuebingen in summer 2016. Most recently, in April 2017, the Western Association of Women’s Historians awarded her the Judith Lee Ridge prize for the best article by any member of the organization for “Migrant Longing, Courtship, and Gendered Identity in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” published by the Western History Quarterly in Summer 2016.

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Selected Publications:

Books & Articles

  • States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California’s Juvenile Justice System. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.
  • Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s to the 1880s. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2004.
  • Migrant Longing: Letter Writing in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming, 2017).
  • A Chicana and Chicano History of the United States, co-author with Lorena Oropeza (Beacon Press, forthcoming 2018)
  • “Strategies for Publishing in the Humanities: A Senior Professor Advises Junior Scholars,” The Journal of Scholarly Publishing (July 2017, forthcoming).
  • “A Genealogy of Chicana History, the Chicana Movement, and Chicana Studies.” In, Routledge Handbook of Chicana/o Studies, eds. Denise Segura, Francisco Lomeli, Elyette Benjamin-Labarthe. (Routledge International Handbooks, forthcoming, 2017)
  • “Migrant Longing, Courtship, and Gendered Identity in the Borderlands,” Western Historical Quarterly Vol. 47, no. 2 (Summer 2016): 137-160.
  • “Chicana and Chicano Historians Reflect on the Model Mentorship of Norris Hundley, Jr.” In, Passing the Torch: Mentoring in the Social Sciences, 39-50, ed. by Frank A. Salamone and Marjorie Snipes. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016.
  • “States of Incarceration,” with Mayela Caro, Marissa Friedman, and Sonia Mehrmand, Boom: The Journal of California, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Summer 2016): 36-41.
  • “Youth of Color and California’s Carceral State: The Fred C. Nelles Correctional Facility,” Journal of American History, The Carceral State, Vol. 102, No. 1 (June 2015): 47-60.
  • “Future Academics of Color in Dialogue: A Candid Q&A on Adjusting to the Cultural, Social, and Professional Rigor of Academia,” co-author with Mayra Avitia and Jorge N. Leal, in Beginning a Career in Academia: A Guide for Graduate Students of Color, 128-145, ed. by Dwayne Mack et al. New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, 2014.
  • “Latina/o Youth Gangs in Global Perspective,” in East Meets West Perspectives in Juvenile Delinquency, pp. 93-118, ed. by Heather Ellis. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • “The Interdisciplinary Project of Chicana history: Looking Back, Moving Forward,” Special Issue on Chicana/o History, Pacific Historical Review Vol. 82, No. 4 (2013): 542-65.

Courses Taught:

Spring 2017: HIST 164MR Undergraduate Seminar in the History of America’s Racial Minorities

Undergraduate Research Seminar in the History of America’s Racial Minorities
Introduction to recent trends on race and ethnicity in U.S. history focusing on methodology and historiography. Examination and evaluation of research strategies and theoretical frameworks of selected historical literature on America’s racial minorities and how these processes interface with other historical processes. Students will conduct historical research in a seminar context, using both primary and secondary source materials, to produce an original and substantial research paper.

Spring 2017: HIST 144B Social Cultural History of the U.S.-Mexico Border

Social and Cultural History of the U.S. – Mexico Border

Examines the social and cultural construction of the United States and Mexico border.

Honors and Professional Activities:

  • Judith Lee Ridge Prize, Western Association of Women’s Historians, 2017
  • Organization of American History (OAH) Germany Residency Program, Summer 2016