Mireya Loza is a curator in the division of political history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (NMAH). Her areas of research include Latino history, social movements, migration, and labor history. Her book, Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom (2016), examines the Bracero Program and how guest workers negotiated the intricacies of indigeneity, intimacy, and transnational organizing. Loza worked with the NMAH on the Bracero History Project, which produced the Bracero History Archive and the traveling exhibition, "Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942–1964." Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Mexico-North Research Network, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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- Indígenas in the Fields: Mexican Indigenous Communities and the Bracero Program
- Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom
- Lessons from the Bracero History Project