Geraldo Cadava teaches in the history department at Northwestern University. He is the author of two books, Standing on Common Ground (2016), about the U.S.-Mexico border since World War II, and The Hispanic Republican (2021) about how the Republican Party developed a remarkably loyal base of Hispanic support since the 1960s. His research and teaching interests are broad and include Latinx, immigration, and borderlands history, and the relationship between the past and the present. At Northwestern, he has taught courses on Watergate, the musical Hamilton, and the history of the 2016 election.
NEW IN 2021: The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump (Ecco, Harper Collins Publishers)
This lecture will explain the history of Mexican immigration to the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Major moments of focus will be the Mexican Revolution, the Great Depression, the Bracero Program, Operation Wetback, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the present.