Verónica Martínez-Matsuda : Biography
Professor Martínez-Matsuda teaches courses in Immigration and American Labor and Working-Class History. Her areas of interest and expertise include: Twentieth-Century U.S. Social and Cultural History, The Great Depression and the New Deal, Immigration/Migration History, Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Studies, Women's History, and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies.
She received her PhD in U.S. History from The University of Texas at Austin in 2009. Her dissertation—Making the Modern Migrant: Work, Community, and Struggle in the Federal Migratory Labor Camp Program, 1935-1947—was awarded the Barnes F. Lathrop Prize for Best Dissertation in the Department of History it was also awarded "runner up" for the Best Dissertation Prize by Labor History (Routledge). Her current research examines the role of the federal Migratory Labor Camp Program in the lives of migrant farmworker families. More generally, she's interested in the intersections between labor and citizenship, particularly immigrants' social movements and cross-racial organizing efforts for improved living and working conditions. She is completing a book manuscript on this topic titled Building Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program, 1935-1947.
Prior to joining the ILR, Prof. Martínez-Matsuda held fellowship positions at Bryn Mawr College, Rhodes College, and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. She is originally from La Puente, California.