A. K. Sandoval-Strausz

A. K. Sandoval-Strausz

Director of the Latinx studies program at Penn State University, A. K. Sandoval-Strausz specializes in urban, legal, architectural, and Latino history. His first book, Hotel: An American History (2007), explores the origins and development of one of the most common building types on the national landscape. It won the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association's book prize and was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal. His current book project, "Latino Landscapes," considers how Latin American immigrants have revitalized and transformed U.S. cities over the past fifty years.


  • "Fling Open the Gates So Wide": How Travel and Public Places Transformed Community and National Identity in the United States, 1789–1876
  • "For the Accommodation of Strangers": The Invention of the Hotel and the Making of a Cosmopolitan America
  • Latino Immigrants and the Transformation of American Cities, 1950–2010 *
  • The Law of Hospitality and the Struggle for Civil Rights in America

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.


Latino Immigrants and the Transformation of American Cities

This lecture was presented as the Joseph P. del Tufo Annual Lecture, sponsored by the Delaware Humanities Forum at the University of Delaware -Wilmington in October 2015. Recorded by 302 Stories, Inc.


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