I have begun a new position as the Postdoctoral Fellow in American History and Diversity Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point starting July 2018. I can still be reached at my gmail to the left, or at

Personal Statement:

Laura Hooton graduated in June 2018 with a Ph.D. in History with an interdisciplinary emphasis in Black Studies. Her dissertation and forthcoming monograph discusses Little Liberia, an African American agricultural community in Baja California in the early twentieth century, as well as its larger place in United States, Mexico, and Baja California History, Black studies, and social movements. She is currently the Postdoctoral Fellow in American History and Diversity Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she teaches United States History and coordinates research and teaching initiatives on the history of U.S. immigration.

Dissertation Title:

"Co-opting the Border: The Dream of African American Integration via Baja California"

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed
“Little Liberia, the African American Agricultural Colony in Baja California” in Farming across Borders: Transnational Agricultural History in the North American West, ed. Sterling Evans (Texas A&M University Press, Forthcoming November 2017)

“Black Angelenos with the ‘Courage to Do and Dare’: African American Community Organizers in Lower California,” California History, Spring 2017 entries (
Samuel Battle
Fred Luter, Jr.

Under Contract
Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race, and Colonialism in American History and Identity, Revised Edition
Co-Author with Paul Spickard and Francisco Beltran (Routledge, Under Contract)

Teaching Fields:

Borderlands History, United States History, Social Movements, Immigration History, Black Studies, Latin American History, History of Mexico and Baja California

Courses Taught:

Instructor of Record – Department of History (3 quarters)
American Immigration – Summer 2017
The History of the North American Borderlands – Winter 2017
The Civil Rights Movement, 1930-Present – Summer 2016

Teaching Assistant – Department of History (9 quarters):
– United States History
– History of Mexico
– Latin American History
– World History

Teaching Assistant – Department of Black Studies (4 quarters):
– Introduction to Race and Racism
– Introductio to African Studies
– Blacks in Western Civilization
– The Civil Rights Movement

Lead Teaching Assistant – Department of History – 2014-2015

Awards & Professional Activities:

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2017
Brython Davis Graduate Fellowship, 2016, 2017
UCSB Regent’s Dissertation Fellowship, 2015, 2016, 2017
UCSB Dean’s Prize Teaching Fellowship, 2016
UC Consortium for Black Studies in California Travel Grant, 2016
UCSB Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, 2016
Center for Black Studies Research Travel Grant, 2015
Van Gelderen Graduate Fellowship, 2015
UCSB History Associates Graduate Fellowship, 2015
UCSB GSA Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, 2015
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, First Alternate, 2016
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Alternate and Honorable Mention, 2014
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Honorable Mention, 2013

Member, Experienced Graduate Student Panel, 2017
Scholar Expert/Consultant for African American History, “Ditigal Delano: Preserving an International Community’s History” NEH Common Heritage Project, 2017-Present
Graduate Representative, NEH “Next Generation Grant Committee” 2016-present
Graduate and Undergraduate Mentor, 2013-present
Workshop Leader “Conducting Discussion on Sensitive Topics”, All-campus TA Training
Member, Experienced Lead TA Panel, History Department and All-campus TA Training
Presenter, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle program at Lompoc Public Library
Invited Speaker, Bakersfield College Cultural Awareness Program, Delano Campus, Spring 2016

Other teaching:
Martial Arts – Head Instructor and Founder of Aikido of Ventura County Aikido Club in Camarillo, CA (2012-present)