OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

George J. Sanchez

Portrait of George J. Sanchez

George J. Sanchez is a professor of American studies, ethnicity, and history at the University of Southern California, where he also directs the Center for Democracy and Diversity. Vice President of the OAH and a past president of the American Studies Association and the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, he is the author of Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 (1993) and coeditor of the series, "American Crossroads: New Works in Ethnic Studies." He studies both historical and contemporary topics of race, gender, ethnicity, labor, and immigration, and is currently working on a book about the ethnic interaction of Mexican Americans, Japanese Americans, African Americans, and Jews in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles in the twentieth century.

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