Dr. Verónica Martínez-Matsuda is an Associate Professor at Cornell University's ILR School, where she teaches courses on U.S. immigration, Latino/a/x studies, and labor and working-class history. In 2021, she was granted the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Martínez-Matsuda received her Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Texas at Austin. Her most recent article, "For Labor and Democracy: Competing Visions of Migrant Farmwork, Social Reform, and American Civil Rights in the 1940s," appeared in The Journal of American History (Sept. 2019) and was awarded the 2020 OAH Binkley-Stephenson Prize for the best article in the JAH during the preceding calendar year. Martínez-Matsuda is also the author of Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program (2020), which was awarded the 2021 OAH (with co-sponsorship by the Labor and Working-Class History Association) David Montgomery Award for the best book in labor and working-class history. Her research has received funding from the Ford Foundation, the Smithsonian, and the Institute for Citizens & Scholars (formerly Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation), among other institutions.
Martínez-Matsuda's research is grounded in the following central question: How do those excluded from the legal and everyday rights of American citizenship because of their political status, racial identity, or class standing as low-wage workers, express civic membership and claim national belonging? In particular, her work has centered on how agricultural workers' experiences of disenfranchisement have varied and yet informed one another across different historical junctures, places, and relative to their specific circumstances of noncitizenship, racial subjugation, and economic exploitation. Her areas of research include relational race and ethnic studies, farm labor, rural housing, and immigration/migration history from a social and political perspective.