Andrew W. Mellon Fellow | Assistant Professor | Brown University
I am social and labor historian and currently an Assistant Professor of History at Brown University.
My research and teaching specializations include U.S. Latinx, labor, immigration, race & ethnicity, sports & recreation, and urban history. I also engage in the field of public history and am most invested in how scholars can bridge their academic work with communities of color.
Prior to joining the Department of History at Brown University, I was Assistant Professor of Mexican American History at California State University, Sacramento from 2017-19 and the César Chávez Postdoctoral Fellow in the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies program at Dartmouth College from 2019-20.
Campo de Sueños: Mexican American Baseball History in Sacramento
I curated “Campo de Sueños: Mexican American Baseball History in Sacramento” at California State University, Sacramento. The exhibit opened August 26, 2019 and concluded on September 19, 2019.
The exhibit was a culmination of research that I began in 2017 and was built around community collections, archival work, and oral history interviews conducted by students and myself. Campo de Sueños showcased the overlooked history of Sacramento’s Mexican American community and connects the stories of athletes, teams, and the community to the broader Mexican American experience in the region. In Sacramento, as Mexicans labored in the region’s farms, canneries, packing houses, and at the Southern Pacific Railroad, baseball served as the primary recreational and leisure activity. The game, however, meant much more than just an entertaining and leisurely pursuit, as baseball reinforced a sense of community pride and ethnic identity for the men and women who played. Through breath-taking historical images, items, art, and oral history, this exhibit brought these largely unknown stories from Sacramento’s Mexican American community into the public eye.
A smaller version of this exhibit was on display at Sacramento City Hall’s Robert T. Matsui Gallery from May to August 2019.
Photos Courtesy of California State University, Sacramento University Union and Student Photographer Alan Padilla.
San Bernardino’s Mitla Cafe featured on NPR’s The California Report & Latino USA
I worked with reporter Lisa Morehouse to complete a story that features San Bernardino’s historic Mitla Cafe, one of the oldest Mexican restaurants in California. This story is built on original research from my upcoming book project. This was the first story for Lisa’s series entitled “California Foodways“, a California Humanities sponsored project, that documents California’s people and places and their intersections with food, culture, and history.
A shorter version of the piece also appeared on NPR’s Latino USA. You can listen to the story on the link above and read about it here.
San Bernardino Historic Mural
In 2013, I helped to develop a San Bernardino mural through the Wells Fargo Community Mural Program that featured local Latinx history. As the historical consultant, I provided historic images for the mural, which is now located at the Wells Fargo downtown branch in San Bernardino, California. Mural Key