U.S. urban & cultural history; Latina/o; Mexican American
Office: Kresge Hall 1-435
Mike Amezcua (Ph.D. Yale University 2011) works in mid-twentieth century U.S. history with an emphasis on the postwar American city and the articulation and transposition of Mexican and Mexican American identities. A native of Los Angeles, CA, he came to Northwestern after finishing degrees at Yale University and UCLA (B.A., 2004). He is currently at work on a book (based on his dissertation) that examines Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans as they encountered, responded to, and helped shape Chicago’s midcentury modernity in its various forms: racial formations, spatial change, and cultural practices. His research has received support from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Yale University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Trinity College (Hartford, CT), and the UCLA Latin American Institute. While at Northwestern, Dr. Amezcua will be teaching courses on U.S. Latino history and a seminar on Latino Chicago.