Michael Innis-Jiménez

Michael Innis-Jiménez

Michael Innis-Jiménez is an associate professor and the director of graduate studies in the department of American studies at the University of Alabama. He has also served as a consultant and team member with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute's Latino New South Project and as a consultant with the lead museum of the project's consortium, the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, North Carolina. His research interests include the study of early Mexican and Mexican-American migrations to the U.S. Midwest and South. He is the author of Steel Barrio: The Great Mexican Migration to South Chicago (2013), which examines how the fortunes of Mexicans in South Chicago were linked to the built environment. He is currently at work on two book projects: "Recipes for Success: Food, Kinship and Culture in Mexican Chicago, 1914–1950" examines the role of food in the cultural production and everyday lives of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in early twentieth-century Chicago; "The Latino South: A History of Migration and Race in Pursuit of the American Dream" puts the twenty-first-century anti-immigration waves in the American South in historical perspective.

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Lectures

  • Us vs. Them, Then and Now: Understanding Anti-Mexican Rhetoric in Times of Economic Crisis *
  • Engaged Learning in the Anti-Immigrant South: Building Bridges in a Hostile Environment *
  • El Sabor de la Patria: Mexican Restaurants, Cultural Tourists, and "Authenticity" in Early Mexican Chicago
  • The Long History of Latinos and Latinas in the American South
  • So Far from Home: Negotiating Cultural, Environmental, and Community Survival in Early Mexican Chicago
  • Beyond the Baseball Diamond and Basketball Court: Organized Leisure in Interwar Mexican Chicago


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