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College of Humanities & Sciences

Department of History

Daniel Morales, PhD

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Assistant Professor, public history
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Daniel Morales is an assistant professor of history specializing in public history, Latinx history, immigration, and United States history. He is from Azusa California, and earned his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 2016, and B.A. at the University of Chicago in 2008. He was previously an assistant professor at James Madison University and a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His research focuses on the social and economic history of migration between Latin America and the United States. His upcoming book examines the creation of transnational migratory networks across Mexico and the United States in the twentieth century. When teaching issues of politics and nation, race and ethnicity, he emphasizes the importance of critical thinking and seeking understanding of difficult sociopolitical issues in our time.

Fields and Specialties
Public History, Latinx History, Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Transnational History, Southwestern Borderlands, Citizenship and Activism

Public History
Immigrant Harrisonburg Project
East of East: Mapping Community Narratives

Forthcoming Book
Entre Aquí y Allá: Creating the Political Economy of Transnational Mexican Migration 1900-1942

Selected Publications

  • “Tejas, Afuera de México: Newspapers, the Mexican Government, Mutualistas, and Migrants in San Antonio 1910–1940” Journal of American Ethnic History, 2020
  • “Hicks Camp: A Mexican Barrio” in East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte, editors Guzman, Fragoza, Cummings, (Rutgers University Press, 2020)
  • “Operation Wetback” in 50 Events That Shaped Latino History, editor Lilia Fernández (CLIO, 2018)
  • “Imaginary Dangers, Real Victims” Co-Author, Tropics of Meta, 2017
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