Michael Innis-Jiménez is Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Alabama. He has served as a consultant with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute's Latino New South Project and as a consultant with the lead museum of the project's consortium, the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, North Carolina. His is the author of Steel Barrio: The Great Mexican Migration to South Chicago (2013) which examines how the fortunes of Mexicans in South Chicago were linked to the environment they helped build and offers new insights into how and why Mexican Americans created community. Current book projects include: "Made in Chicago: Mexican Food, Tourism, and Cultural Identity" and "The Latinx South: A History of Migration and Race in Pursuit of the American Dream." Innis-Jiménez has published various refereed book chapters and refereed journal articles.