Neil Foley holds the Robert and Nancy Dedman Chair in American History at Southern Methodist University where he teaches twentieth-century U.S. history, immigration (particularly from Mexico), race and ethnicity in the American West, Latino history, and comparative civil rights politics. He has lectured widely in Europe, the United States, and Latin America, and has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright Scholar Program (Berlin and Mexico City), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Ford Foundation. He is the author of Mexicans in the Making of America (2014), Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity (2010), and The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas (1997), which won the OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Award as well as awards from the Southern Historical Association, American Historical Association, and Western Historical Association, and the Gustavus Meyers Outstanding Book Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America. Foley has lived abroad in Mexico (Mexico City), Germany (Berlin, Heidelberg, Stuttgart), Spain (Salamanca, Zaragosa), and Japan (Misawa; Naha, Okinawa). He also spent two years living on aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea where he taught sailors of the U.S. Naval Forces 6th Fleet for George Washington University.
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- Anxiety, Fear, and National Identity: Anti-Immigration Politics and the Rise of Latino Power in the United States
- Latino Civil Rights in Post-World War II America
- Brown vs. Black: The Future of African American and Latino Relations