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Lilia Fernandez

Henry Rutgers Term Chair and Associate Professor
Latino and Caribbean Studies AND History

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

M.A., University of California, San Diego

Ed.M., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

At Rutgers since 2016

Lucy Stone Hall
Livingston Campus

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Twentieth Century Latino/a history * Immigration History * Urban History * Urban Renewal and Gentrification * Women’s History * Race and Ethnicity


  • 595:101 Intro to Latino Studies
  • 512:360/595:369 Latino History
  • Mexican American History


  • 2012 Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago (University of Chicago Press).

Book Chapters

  • “Moving Beyond Aztlán: Disrupting Nationalism and Geographic Essentialism in Chicano/a History,” in A Promising Problem: The New Chicana/o History, edited by Carlos K. Blanton (University of Texas Press, 2016): 59-83.
  • “Ronald Reagan, Race, Civil Rights, and Immigration,” in The Companion to Ronald Reagan, edited by Andrew Johns (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014): 185-203.
  • “Nativism, Xenophobia and Migration,” in Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, edited by Immanuel Ness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
  • “Listening to House Music ‘Everywhere, Everyday’: Latino Youth Consuming and Producing Culture,” in Mapping Latina/o Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader, edited by Angharad Valdivia & Matt Garcia (Peter Lang, 2012), 237-261.
  • “From the Near West Side to 18th Street: Un/Making Latina/o Barrios in Postwar Chicago.” In Beyond el Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America, edited by Gina Pérez, Frank Guridy, and Adrian Burgos (NYU Press, 2010): 233-252.


  • “Urban History and the Construction of Social Difference,” special issue roundtable discussion honoring Michael B. Katz, Journal of Urban History 41, 4 (July 2015): 566-571.
  • “Of Migrants and Immigrants: Mexican and Puerto Rican Labor Migration in Comparative Perspective, 1942-1964.” Journal of American Ethnic History 29, no. 3 (2010): 6-39.
  • “From the Near West Side to 18th Street: Mexican Community Formation and Activism During Chicago's Civil Rights Era.” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 98, no. 3 (Autumn 2005): 162-183.


  • Series Editor, “Historical Studies in Urban America,” University of Chicago Press, with Timothy Guilfoyle, Becky Nicolaides, and Amanda Seligman, April 2015 – ongoing
  • Advisory Board Member, Latino Studies Journal, Spring 2016 – ongoing
  • Editorial Board Member, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, January 2015 – January 2018
  • Advisory Board Member, Latinos and the Law Initiative, American Bar Foundation, August 2014 – ongoing
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of American Ethnic History, Fall 2013 - 2018

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