Is Grad School For Me? Demystifying the Application Process for First-Gen BIPOC Students (UC Press, 2024)
Miroslava Chávez-García is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and holds affiliations in the Departments of Chicana/o Studies and Feminist Studies as well as Iberian and Latin American Studies. She also currently serves as the Faculty Director of the McNair Scholars Program.
Author of Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s to 1880s (University of Arizona Press, 2004) and States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California’s Juvenile Justice System(University of California Press, 2012), her most recent book, Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), is a history of transnational migration, gender, courtship, and identity as told through more than 300 personal letters exchanged among family members and friends across the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. In 2020, Migrant Longing was named a 2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title and in 2019 it received the Barbara “Penny” Kanner Award from Western Association of Women’s Historians (WAWH). In 2017, “Migrant Longing, Courtship, and Gendered Identity in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” published by the Western History Quarterly in Summer 2016, received the Judith Lee Ridge from the WAWH. In the same year, that essay was also awarded the Bolton-Cutter Award from the Western History Association for the best article on Spanish Borderlands history. She is also author of numerous journal articles and book chapters as well as reviews and commentaries.
She is currently at work on a new research project focused on the intersection of population control, environmentalism, and anti-immigration restriction in the 1960s to the early 2000s. “‘The Architects of Hate’: The Environmental Movement, Population Control, and the Mainstreaming of Immigration Restriction,” focuses on how a small yet politically and economically powerful group of people influenced mainstream environmental organizations to spread anti-immigrant sentiment and pass increasingly draconian immigration policies and practices aimed at closing the door to people of color from around the world.
Along with Yvette Martinez-Vu as her co-author, Miroslava is in the process of finishing a guide for first-generation, low-income, and nontraditional students of color to apply successfully to graduate school. Is Grad School for Me? Demystifying the Application Profess for First-Gen BIPOC Students will be published in 2024 by UC Press.
Miroslava has also received awards and fellowships from the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University, Ford Foundation for Diversity, and Organization of American History (OAH) and the Committee for the Germany Residency Program, which awarded her a residency at the University of Tübingen in 2016. Miroslava has also mentored many students and colleagues through the academic pipeline and beyond. She has served on numerous boards and committees.
A first-generation, immigrant, Chicana of farm worker origins, Miroslava was born on the U.S.-Mexico border, in Mexicali, Baja California, and was raised in San Jose, California, where she attended K-12, graduating from Notre Dame, San Jose, in 1986. She received her B.A. (1991), M.A. (1993), and Ph.D. (1998), from UCLA. She still has family in San Jose and visits as often as possible.
“‘The Architects of Hate’: The Environmental Movement, Population Control, and the Mainstreaming of Immigration Restriction and Exclusion”
My latest project, “The Architects of Hate,” examines and analyzes how advocates for the environment used growing fears over expanding global populations and depletion of the natural world’s resources in the 1960s to popularize and institutionalize immigration exclusion in the United States. The focus is on how a small yet politically and economically powerful group of people influenced mainstream environmental organizations to spread anti-immigrant sentiment and to pass increasingly draconian immigration policies and practices aimed at closing the door to people of color from around the world. Through a close analysis of thousands of pages of personal correspondence, internal memos, scholarly and popular writings, reports, and pamphlets, court cases and legislation, and oral interviews, among other sources, “The ‘Greening of Hate’” argues that immigration restrictionists have been effective in capturing and reframing environmental arguments to advance their agenda of immigration control and containment. My work shows that they not only infiltrated environmentalist spaces but also established a number of extremist, race-based, anti-immigrant organizations that continue to have power and influence in Washington today. Forthcoming essays include:
“The Architects of Hate: Garrett Hardin’s and Cordelia S. May’s Battle for Population Control, Environmentalism, and Immigration Restriction.” Journal of American Ethnic History (2023, forthcoming).
“From ‘Tough Love’ to ‘Street Fight’: Garret Hardin and Cordelia S. May’s Battle for Population Control and Eugenics, 1960s to 2000s,” Brazilian Magazine of History (2023, forthcoming).
The Grad School Femtoring Guide: Successfully Navigating Graduate School Applications, co-author, with Yvette Martínez-Vu. Berkeley: University of California Press, forthcoming 2024.
Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018.
- 2019 Barbara “Penny” Kanner Award, Western Association of Women’s Historians
- 2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California’s Juvenile Justice System. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.
Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s to the 1880s. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2004.
Edited Book and Journal
Editor, Latina Lives, Latina Narratives: Influential Essays by Vicki L. Ruiz. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2021.
Co-Editor, Special Issue, “Gender and Intimacy Across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” Pacific Historical Review (Winter 2020), with Verónica Castillo-Muñoz.
- “Foreword” to Robert W. Griffith, Ike’s Letters to a Friend, 1941–1958. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2021 e-book edition, forthcoming.
- “Opioids and Marijuana in the United States: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Headed,” in USA Country Report/Länderbericht USA. Berlin: German Federal Agency for Civic Education, 2020, forthcoming.
- “Navigating Successfully Grants and Fellowships Applications,” co-author with Luis Alvarez and Ernesto Chávez, in The Academic’s Handbook, 4th ed., revised and expanded, eds. Lori Flores and Jocelyn Olcott (Duke University Press, 2019, forthcoming).
- “Youth, Evidence, and Agency: Mexican and Mexican American Youth at the Whittier State School, 1880-1920 (reprint).” In, The Chicana/o Education Pipeline: History, Institutional Critique, and Resistance, 23-47, eds. Michaela J. L. Mares-Tamayo and Daniel G. Solorzano. Los Angeles: Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, 2018.
- “A Genealogy of Chicana History, the Chicana Movement, and Chicana Studies.” In, Routledge Handbook of Chicana/o Studies, eds. Denise Segura, Francisco Lomelí, Elyette Benjamin-Labarthe. New York: Routledge International Handbooks, 2018, forthcoming.
- “Strategies for Publishing in the Humanities: A Senior Professor Advises Junior Scholars,” The Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 48, no. 4 (July 2017): 199-220.
- “Migrant Longing, Courtship, and Gendered Identity in the Borderlands,” Western Historical Quarterly Vol. 47, no. 2 (Summer 2016): 137-160.
- Winner, Bolton-Cutter Prize, Western History Association, 2017
- Winner, Judith Lee Ridge Prize, Western Association of Women’s Historians, 2017.
- “Chicana and Chicano Historians Reflect on the Model Mentorship of Norris Hundley, Jr.” In, Passing the Torch: Mentoring in the Social Sciences, 39-50, ed. by Frank A. Salamone and Marjorie Snipes. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016.
- “States of Incarceration,” with Mayela Caro, Marissa Friedman, and Sonia Mehrmand, Boom: The Journal of California, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Summer 2016): 36-41.
- “Youth of Color and California’s Carceral State: The Fred C. Nelles Correctional Facility,” Journal of American History, The Carceral State, Vol. 102, No. 1 (June 2015): 47-60. http://jah.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/jav197?ijkey=yy5I21mXXTMoPmj&keytype=ref
- “Future Academics of Color in Dialogue: A Candid Q&A on Adjusting to the Cultural, Social, and Professional Rigor of Academia,” co-author with Mayra Avitia and Jorge N. Leal, in Beginning a Career in Academia: A Guide for Graduate Students of Color, 128-145, ed. by Dwayne Mack et al. New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, 2014.
- “Latina/o Youth Gangs in Global Perspective,” in East Meets West Perspectives in Juvenile Delinquency, pp. 93-118, ed. by Heather Ellis. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
- “The Interdisciplinary Project of Chicana history: Looking Back, Moving Forward,” Special Issue on Chicana/o History, Pacific Historical Review Vol. 82, No. 4 (2013): 542-65.
- “Hispanic Women and the Law.” In, Latinas in the U.S., eds. Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez-Korrol, 700-703. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.
- “Race, Culture, and Justice in Mexican Los Angeles.” (Reprint). In, Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in U.S. Women’s History, 108-117, ed. by Vicki L. Ruiz with Ellen C. DuBois. New York: Routledge, 2008, 4th ed.“
- In Retrospect: Anthony M. Platt’s The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency (1969, 1977),” Reviews in American History 35 (September 2007): 464-81.
- “Intelligence Testing at Whittier State School, 1891 to 1920,” Pacific Historical Review, 76, no. 2 (May 2007): 193-228.
- “Youth, Evidence, and Agency: Whittier State School and Mexican and Mexican American Youth” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 31 (Fall 2006): 55-83.
- “Californians Loss of Land After U.S. Annexation in 1848 (reprint).” In, Major Problems in Latina/o History, 1st edition, ed. by Omar Valerio-Jiménez and Carmen Teresa Whalen, 55-63. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning, 2014.
- “Women’s Studies and Chicana Studies: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future.” Co-author with Monica Brown. In Women’s Studies for the Future: Foundations, Interrogations, Politics, eds. Liz Kennedy & Agatha Beins, 143-155. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers Univ. Press, 2005.
- “An Interview with Yolanda Cruz: A Filmmaker Documents Depopulation in Mexico,” Boom: California Studies Journal, 1, no. 3 (September 2011): 57-61
- “Guadalupe Trujillo: Race, Culture, and Justice in Mexican Los Angeles.” In, The Human Tradition in California, eds. Clark Davis and David Igler, 31-46. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 2002.
- “The Gwin Commission.” In, Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the U.S., eds. Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González, 257-58. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
- “‘The Crime of Precocious Sexuality’ Celebrates Thirty Years: A Critical Appraisal,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Symposium, “The Crime of Precocious Sexuality,” 2 (Winter 2009): 88-94
- “In Retrospect: Anthony M. Platt’s The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency (1969, 1977).” (Reprint). Introduction to The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency, Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition, xi-xxxv, by Anthony M. Platt with an introduction and critical commentaries compiled by Miroslava Chávez-García. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
- “A Chicana Scholar’s Long Road to Engaging in Public Scholarship,” Western Humanities Association Journal, 64, no. 3 (2011): 77-80.
- “‘Pongo mi demanda‘: Challenging Patriarchy in Mexican Los Angeles, 1830-1850.” In Over the Edge: Remapping the American West, eds. Valerie Matsumoto and Blake Almendinger, 272-290. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.
- Bolton-Cutter Prize, Best Essay in Spanish/Borderlands History, Western History Association, 2017
- Judith Lee Ridge Prize, Best Essay, Western Association of Women’s Historians, 2017
- Organization of American History (OAH) Germany Residency Program, Summer 2016