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Geraldo L. Cadava

Associate Professor, Department of History

PhD, Yale University, 2008

Geraldo L. Cadava (Department of History) specializes in United States and Latin American history, with a focus Latinos in the United States and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Cadava is currently writing a book about the rise and fall of a conservative Hispanic movement between the 1960s and the 1990s. It is about the evolution of conservatism among Hispanics—the label they chose for themselves—from the establishment of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly through its fracture due to anti-immigrant policies such as California’s Proposition 187. His first book Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard University Press, hardcover in 2013, paperback in 2016) won the 2014 Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians, and was a finalist for the David J. Weber and Bill Clements Prize for the Best Non-fiction Book on Southwestern America. It addressed the shared cultural and commercial ties between Arizona and Sonora that show how the United States and Mexico have continued to shape one another despite their political and ethnic divisions.

Cadava’s other research interests include the U.S.-Mexico border in all time periods; frontiers and borders around the world; memories of the U.S.-Mexico War; and the movement of art and artists between Mexico and the United States.  His writing has appeared in the Journal of American History, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic online, the San Francisco Chronicle online, the Arizona Daily Star, and in the publications of the Immigration Policy Center, the National Park Service, and the American Historical Association.

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