Confencere, Criminalizing Immigrant Families: Race, Gender, and Family Separations at the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (May 3rd, 2019).
Verónica Castillo-Muñoz is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is an interdisciplinary scholar with training in Gender history, Latin America, and U.S. history. She has written widely on the intersections between gender, family migration, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Her research has been funded by a Fulbright Garcia-Robles Fellowship, an NEH Huntington Library Fellowship, the Hellman Foundation, and the UC President’s Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities.
Castillo-Muñoz is the author of the book, The Other California: Land Identity and Politics on the Mexican Borderlands, published by the University of California Press (2016). This book examines how communities of laborers changed the racially and ethnically diverse social landscape of the Mexico-U.S. borderlands. Focusing on Baja California, my study is the first to examine the interplay of land reform and migratory labor and how global migrants and Mexican workers transformed the Mexico-U.S. borderlands between the years of 1850 and 1954. Previous research on migration and border crossings portrays the Mexican borderlands as a temporary place for transitory labor, a launching pad to enter the United States. This book argues that the present-day Mexican borderlands emerged from efforts to keep Mexican labor moving across the U.S. border while fixing national communities in place. This intricate interplay shows how governments, foreign investors, and local communities, engaged in the making of the Baja California borderlands, leading to the booming cities of Tijuana, Mexicali, and Santa Rosalia.
Castillo-Munoz’s current book project, Women and Revolution: A Tale of Violence and Deception Across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, uses intimacy as a lens to understand how gender operated during the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), and how women negotiated war, violence, and family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. She has served as Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of Mexican Studies/ Estudios Mexicanos (UC Press).
*Honorable mention of the 2017 Gita Chaudhuri Prize from the Western Association of Women’s Historians.
Women and Revolution: A Tale of Violence and Deception Across the Mexico-U.S. Borderlands (book in progress).
“Historical Roots of Rural Migration: Agrarian Reform and the Displacements of Rural Farmers in Nayarit, Mexico, 1900-1952.” The Journal of Mexican Studies/ Estudios Mexicanos (University of California Press), 2013.
“Beyond Red-Light Districts” Agrarian Struggles and Transnational Labor in the Mexico-U.S. Borderlands.” in Lee and North ed., European and American Borderlands: A New Comparative Approach (Nebraska Press, 2016)
“Intermarriage and the Making of a Multi Cultural Society in Baja California, in Rodilla, Guevarra, and Spikard., ” Red and Yellow, Black and Brown: Decentering Whiteness in Mixed Race Studies. (In Press, Rutgers University Press, 2017).
“The Long History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” (Article in progress)
“Negotiating the Revolution: U.S. Investors, Mexican Caudillos, and Gender in Revolutionary Nayarit.” (Article in progress)
“Women and War: Aging, Migration, and Violence in the Mexico-U.S. Borderlands.” (Article in progress)
History 168 A: History of the Chicanos (cross-listed). The history of the Chicanos, 1821 to the present; traces the social-cultural lifeline of the Mexicans who have lived north of Mexico.
History 168 B: The history of the Chicanos, 1821 to the present; traces the social-cultural lifeline of the Mexicans who have lived north of Mexico.
Honors and Professional Activities:
- Fulbright Garcia-Robles Fellowship 2020
- NEH Huntington Long- Term Fellowship 2019-20
- UCSB Academic Senate Travel Grant 2018
- Huntington Library Research Fellowship 2017
- UCSB Academic Senate Travel Grant, 2016-17
- UCSB Faculty Career Development Award, 2016
- Ford Fellowship (alternate) 2015-16
- Hellman Fellow 2014-15
- UC President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities
- UC Regent’s Faculty Fellowship
- UC Mexus Research Fellowship University of California
- UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship
. Department of History, University of California, San Diego
- The Peggy Marudin Research Fellowship
- UC Graduate Fellowship