Personal Statement:

Laura Hooton is a graduate student in the Department of History with an interdisciplinary emphasis in Black Studies. Her dissertation will discuss Little Liberia, an African American agricultural community in Baja California in the early twentieth century, as well as its larger place in United States, Mexico, and Baja California History, Black studies, and Black social movements.

Winter Quarter Course: The History of the North American Borderlands
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Summer Session B Course: The Civil Rights Movement, 1930-Present
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Dissertation Title:

“Co-opting the Border: The Dream of African American Integration via Baja California”

Selected Publications:

Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race, and Colonialism in American History and Identity, Revised Edition
Co-Author with Paul Spickard and Francisco Beltran (Routledge, Under Contract)

“Little Liberia, the African American Agricultural Colony in Baja California” in Farming across Borders: Transnational Agricultural History in the North American West, ed. Sterling Evans (Texas A&M University Press, Forthcoming) entries (
Samuel Battle
Fred Luter, Jr.

Teaching Fields:

Borderlands History, United States History, Social Movements, Black Studies, Latin American History, History of Mexico and Baja California

Courses Taught:

Teaching Associate – Department of History
The History of the North American Borderlands – Winter 2017 Click here for course
The Civil Rights Movement, 1930-Present – Summer Session B Click here for course

TA – Department of History (9 quarters):
– United States History
– History of Mexico
– Latin American History
– World History

TA – Department of Black Studies (4 quarters):
– Introduction to Race and Racism
– Introductio to African Studies
– Blacks in Western Civilization
– The Civil Rights Movement

Lead TA – Department of History – 2014-2015

Awards & Professional Activities:

UCSB Dean’s Prize Teaching Fellowship, 2016
UC Consortium for Black Studies in California Travel Grant, 2016
UCSB Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, 2016
Brython Davis Graduate Fellowship, 2016
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, First Alternate, 20146
UCSB Regent’s Dissertation Fellowship, 2015
Center for Black Studies Research Travel Grant, 2015
Van Gelderen Graduate Fellowship, 2015
UCSB History Associates Graduate Fellowship, 2015
UCSB GSA Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, 2015
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Alternate and Honorable Mention, 2014
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Honorable Mention, 2013

Scholar Expert/Consultant for African American History, “Ditigal Delano: Preserving an International Community’s History” NEH Common Heritage Project, Present
Graduate Representative, NEH “Next Generation Grant Committee” 2016-present
Graduate and Undergraduate Mentor, 2013-present
Workshop Leader “Conducting Discussion on Sensitive Topics”, All-campus TA Training
Member, Experienced Lead TA Panel, History Department and All-campus TA Training
Presenter, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle program at Lompoc Public Library
Invited Speaker, Bakersfield College Cultural Awareness Program, Delano Campus, Spring 2016

Other teaching:
Martial Arts – Head Instructor and Founder of Aikido of Ventura County Aikido Club in Camarillo, CA (2012-present)