Verónica Martínez-Matsuda

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Verónica Martínez-Matsuda

Assistant Professor
Labor Relations, Law, and History


Verónica Martínez-Matsuda received her PhD in U.S. History from The University of Texas at Austin in December 2009. Her dissertation was awarded the Barnes F. Lathrop Prize for Best Dissertation in the Department of History (2010), it was also awarded “runner up” for the Best Dissertation Prize (2010) by the journal Labor History (Routledge). Prior to arriving at Cornell University’s ILR School, Dr. Martínez held fellowship positions at Bryn Mawr College, Rhodes College, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. She is currently writing a book on the history of the U.S. Migratory Farm Labor Camp Program from a comparative ethno-racial and regional perspective.

Teaching Statement

Dr. Martínez-Matsuda's teaching fields 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.

Research Statement

Dr. Martínez-Matsuda's research examines the history of the Farm Security Administration’s Migratory Labor Camp Program and its role in the lives of diverse migrant farmworker families across the United States during the mid-1930s and 1940s.