About Jonathan Cortez

Jonathan received their Ph.D. from the Department of American Studies at Brown University in 2021. Dr. Cortez is currently writing a book about the history of immigration camps and migrant carcerality along the US-Mexico border since the late 19th century. They teach, write, and study in the fields of immigration history, relational ethnic history, and histories of the US-Mexico border. You can follow Jonathan on X @joncortz

Jonathan Cortez, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin.

NBN Episodes hosted by Jonathan:

Sergio M. González, "Strangers No Longer: Latino Belonging and Faith in Twentieth-Century Wisconsin" (U Illinois Press, 2024)

June 5, 2024

Strangers No Longer

Sergio M. González
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

“Wisconsin has always been my home. It’s not a place, however, where I’ve always felt at home,” (ix) declares Dr. Sergio M. González in the first two …

Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa, "Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies: A Reader" (NYU Press, 2021)

September 26, 2022

Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies

Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

Latinx Studies has long been overdue for a revamp – a different orientation to the questions with which we concern ourselves. Critical Dialogues in La…

Jennifer K. Seman, "Borderlands Curanderos: The Worlds of Santa Teresa Urrea and Don Pedrito Jaramillo" (U Texas Press, 2021)

April 25, 2022

Borderlands Curanderos

Jennifer Koshatka Seman
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

Recent global events have unmasked inequitable healthcare systems that disproportionately affect poor Latinx populations along the U.S-Mexico border. …

Andrea Flores, "The Succeeders: How Immigrant Youth Are Transforming What It Means to Belong in America" (U California Press, 2021)

February 28, 2022

The Succeeders

Andrea Flores
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

Dr. Andrea Flores’ most recent book, The Succeeders: How Immigrant Youth Are Transforming What It Means to Belong in America (University of California…

Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández, "Archiving Mexican Masculinities in Diaspora" (Duke UP, 2021)

February 23, 2022

Archiving Mexican Masculinities in Diaspora

Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández once again engages in the fearless work of challenging structures of domination. In her most recent book, Archiving Mexic…

Ana Castillo, "My Book of the Dead: New Poems" (U New Mexico Press, 2021)

October 25, 2021

My Book of the Dead

Ana Castillo
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

“My poetry captures a moment,” remarked Dr. Castillo when asked about the process of writing her most recent collection of poems My Book of the Dead: …

Ariana Brown, "We Are Owed." (Grieveland Press, 2021)

July 16, 2021

We Are Owed.

Ariana Brown
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

Poet Ariana Brown searches for new origins in her debut book We Are Owed. (Grieveland Press, 2021). Brown has had over ten years of experience writing…

Aaron E. Sánchez, "Homeland: Ethnic Mexican Belonging Since 1900" (U Oklahoma Press, 2021)

May 19, 2021


Aaron E. Sánchez
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

Ethnic Mexicans living in the United States have always struggled to understand their position within the fabric of the nation-state. The groups that …

Johana Londoño, "Abstract Barrios: The Crises of Latinx Visibility in Cities" (Duke UP, 2020)

April 16, 2021

Abstract Barrios

Johana Londoño
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

The rapid gentrification of Black and brown neighborhoods in urban areas by predominantly upper-class white and other white-adjacent peoples is largel…

Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vásquez, "Decolonizing Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Atlantic Literature" (Northwestern UP, 2020)

February 18, 2021

Decolonizing Diasporas

Yomaira C Figueroa-Vásquez
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vásquez pens towards decolonial freedom. Her recently published book, Decolonizing Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Atlantic Li…

Kevin Escudero, "Organizing While Undocumented: Immigrant Youth’s Political Activism Under the Law" (NYU Press, 2020)

July 20, 2020

Organizing While Undocumented

 Kevin Escudero
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

Undocumented youth activists are at the forefront of the present-day immigrant rights movement. This is especially true surrounding the activism of th…

Monika Gosin, "The Racial Politics of Division: Interethnic Struggles For Legitimacy in Multicultural Miami" (Cornell UP, 2019)

June 22, 2020

The Racial Politics of Division

Monika Gosin
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

Over recent years, scholarship centering Afrolatinidad has pushed the bounds of the field towards greater forms of racial and ethnic understanding. Dr…

C. J. Alvarez, "Border Land, Border Water: A History of Construction on the US-Mexico Divide" (U Texas Press, 2019)

January 3, 2020

Border Land, Border Water

C. J. Alvarez
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

Recent debates over the building of a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico divide have raised logistical and ethical issues, leaving the historical record o…

Marisol LeBrón and Yarimar Bonilla, "Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm" (Haymarket, 2019)

October 4, 2019

Aftershocks of Disaster

 Marisol LeBrón and Yarimar Bonilla
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

Marking the two year anniversary of Hurricane María making landfall in Puerto Rico, the September 2019 release of the anthology Aftershocks of Disaste…

Nancy Mirabal, "Suspect Freedoms: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1957" (NYU Press, 2017)

June 27, 2019

Suspect Freedoms

Nancy Mirabal
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

In Suspect Freedoms: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1957 (NYU Press, 2017), Nancy Mirabal details New York Cuban diaspo…