New Books Network

Deborah E. Kanter, “Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican” (U Illinois Press, 2020)
What happens when a new group of migrants enters not just the social and economic life of a city, but also its religious institutions? Deborah E. Kanter, the John S. Ludington Endowed Professor of History at Albion College, takes us through the dramatic demographic transformation of Chicago through the eyes... Read More
José Alamillo, “Deportes: The Making of a Sporting Mexican Diaspora” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
In Deportes: The Making of a Sporting Mexican Diaspora (Rutgers University Press, 2020), Professor José Alamillo, a specialist in Chicana/o Studies, Labor, and Sports history, examines the powerful way Mexican Americans have used sports to build transnational networks for personal and community empowerment across the United States and Mexico before... Read More
Michael A. Olivas, “Perchance to DREAM: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA” (NYU Press, 2020)
Why did the DREAM Act (for the Development, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors) never pass Congress – even though it was popular with Republicans and Democrats? What does the political and legal history tell us about American federalism? How is the legal history of the DREAM ACT and DACA... Read More
Verónica Martínez-Matsuda, “Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2020)
Verónica Martínez-Matsuda about her book Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020). Migrant Citizenship exams the Farm Security Administration’s Migratory Labor Camp Program, and its role in the daily lives of a diverse number of farmworker families. Martínez-Matsuda thoroughly... Read More
Patricia Zavella, “The Movement for Reproductive Justice: Empowering Women of Color through Social Activism” (NYU Press, 2020)
In The Movement for Reproductive Justice: Empowering Women of Color through Social Activism (NYU Press, 2020), Pat Zavella shows how reproductive justice organizations’ collaborative work across racial lines provides a compelling model for other groups to successfully influence change. In the context of the war on women’s reproductive rights and... Read More
Jennifer Domino Rudolph, “Baseball as Mediated Latinidad: Race, Masculinity, Nationalism, and Performances of Identity” (Ohio State UP, 2020)
In her incisive study Baseball as Mediated Latinidad: Race, Masculinity, Nationalism, and Performances of Identity (Ohio State University Press, 2020), Jennifer Domino Rudolph analyzes major league baseball’s Latin/o American players—who now make up more than twenty-five percent of MLB—as sites of undesirable surveillance due to the historical, political, and sociological weight placed... Read More
Kevin Escudero, “Organizing While Undocumented: Immigrant Youth’s Political Activism Under the Law” (NYU Press, 2020)
Undocumented youth activists are at the forefront of the present-day immigrant rights movement. This is especially true surrounding the activism of the recent SCOTUS decision on DACA issued on June 18, 2020. Professor Kevin Escudero’s book, Organizing While Undocumented: Immigrant Youth’s Political Activism Under the Law (New York University Press, 2020), depicts just... Read More
Ismael Garcia-Colon, “Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire: Puerto Rican Workers on U.S. Farms” (U California Press, 2020)
Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire: Puerto Rican Workers on U.S. Farms (University of California Press, 2020) is the first in-depth look at the experiences of Puerto Rican migrant workers in continental U.S. agriculture in the twentieth century. The Farm Labor Program, established by the government of Puerto Rico... Read More
Adam Goodman, “The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants” (Princeton UP, 2020)
Many of us know that immigrants have been deported from the United States for well over a century, but has anyone ever asked how? In The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants (Princeton University Press, 2020), author Adam Goodman brings together new archival evidence to write an expansive... Read More
Gerarldo Cadava, “The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump” (Ecco, 2020)
In the lead-up to every election cycle, pundits predict that Latino Americans will overwhelmingly vote in favor of the Democratic candidate. And it’s true—Latino voters do tilt Democratic. Hillary Clinton won the Latino vote in a “landslide,” Barack Obama “crushed” Mitt Romney among Latino voters in his reelection, and, four... Read More