OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Marc Simon Rodriguez

Portrait of Marc Simon Rodriguez

Marc Simon Rodriguez is Professor of history at Portland State University and Editor of the Pacific Historical Review. Before joining the faculty of Portland State University, Rodriguez taught at Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University South Bend. His first book, The Tejano Diaspora: Mexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin (2011), won the National Association of Chicano and Chicana Studies' Texas Nonfiction Book Award. He is also the editor of Repositioning North American Migration History: New Directions in Modern Continental Migration, Citizenship, and Community (2004) and a co-editor, with Anthony Grafton, of Migration in History: Human Migration in Comparative Perspective (2007). His newest book is Rethinking the Chicano Movement (2014) which is a synthetic history of the Chicano Movement for Latinx Civil Rights.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

This lecture explores the rise of Chicanx and Puerto Rican social movement history in comparative perspective in places such as New York, Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin and California. It explores the ways these Latinx protest movements borrowed from the Black Power Movement and African American civil rights movement in shaping their own unique Latinx social movements for change in the 1960s and beyond.
This lecture explores the interplay between art and protest movements, gentrification, and issues of community control through the lens of the Public Art Movement with particular focus on the claiming of space by Latinx people in urban areas and the relationships they built across racial and ethnic lines as they participated in the diverse public art movement in their cities. This talk also considers the various ways that public art may be protected through zoning and environmental law.
This lecture explores the ways Americanism shaped the Chicano Movement (Mexican American Civil Rights Movement) after World War II, and considers the ways in which parallel movements such as the African-American Freedom Movement, Black Power, Women's Rights, and Anti-Colonialism shaped the Chicano Movement, and its essentially reformist agenda.