Along with my publications and teaching, I like to stay engaged with the public when it comes to things I care about, like the Latino/a demographic in the United States, farmworkers’ rights, immigration policy, and the concerns of traditionally underrepresented communities in academia.
Much of my community engagement stems from my experiences as a low-income student of color, and being the first woman in my family to earn a college degree and then a Ph.D. My story of how I got to the Ivy League was featured in Glamour magazine in 2004.
Other Media Appearances:
C-SPAN segment: "Chicano Authors Discuss Their Books"
I was interviewed on "The Farm Report" by the Heritage Radio Network.
I appeared on the TV program Fresh Outlook to discuss President Obama’s acts on immigration.
My work has also been quoted in or by:
My recent invited talks have included teaching a class on the Bracero Program to students in Queens, New York; giving the keynote speech at the opening of the Smithsonian’s exhibition “Bittersweet Harvest” at the Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas and the Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum in King City, California; and participating in faculty/community activist-led "teach-ins" on immigration, labor, and deportation policy at my home institution of Stony Brook University. I have also participated in the fantastic NEH-sponsored programs "Conexiones" and “Bridging Historias” through the American Social History Project at CUNY that trained college teachers to integrate Latino history more fully into their curriculum.
Finally, I'm a host for the New Books Network podcast. I get to have fun interviewing authors about their work, process, and upcoming projects. Here are my conversations with:
Sarah Wald on The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Farming Since the Dust Bowl
Mireya Loza on Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom
Karl Jacoby on The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire
Sophie Egan on Devoured: How What We Eat Defines Who We Are
Benjamin Heber Johnson on Escaping the Dark, Gray City: Fear and Hope in Progressive-Era Conservation
Maria Montoya on Global Americans: A History of the United States
Julie M. Weise on Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South Since 1910