Rosina Lozano is an associate professor of history at Princeton University. Her research and teaching interests include relational studies of race and ethnicity, Latino/a/x History, History of Education, and Borderlands. She is the author of An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States, which was awarded the Immigration and Ethnic History Society First Book Award and the PROSE award in Language and Linguistics. She has also conducted research on voting rights and the relationship between Mexican Americans and Indigenous peoples in the Southwest. Lozano has offered lectures and visited classes at such varied institutions as Brigham Young University, Columbia University’s Teaching College, Cornell University, Duke University, the Naval Academy, Pennsylvania State University, Seton Hall University, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, Wabash College, and Yale University. She was honored to be interviewed by Jorge Ramos on Al Punto and to have published in places including the Los Angeles Times and Public Seminar. Lozano is a 2019 recipient of Princeton’s Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award.
In 1975, Congress passed a seven-year extension to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In addition to continuing to support the rights of African Americans, especially in the South, to vote and permanently outlawing literacy tests, the 1975 act legislated translations for language minorities. Congress defined language minorities to be Spanish speakers, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Alaska Natives. This talk goes through how Congress made the move from a Black/White law to supporting a broader swatch of the voting public, which included considering how to include Spanish speakers without labeling them as a race.