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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Natalia Molina

Natalia MolinaNatalia Molina is an associate dean of the Division of Arts & Humanities and a professor of history and urban studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her work lies at the intersections of race, gender, culture, and citizenship. She is the author of two award-winning books, Fit to be Citizens? Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939 (2006) and How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts (2013), which examines Mexican Americans from 1924, when American law drastically reduced immigration into the United States, to 1965, when many quotas were abolished. This most recent book strives to understand how broad themes of race and citizenship are constructed and calls attention to the connections between racialized groups. Molina has received nationally competitive awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ford Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation, among others. She sits on several boards, including California Humanities, the state-level partner to the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the faculty advisory committee for the University of California’s President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

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