The State of Imperial, National, and Borderlands Histories in the United States: The Legacy of Ramón Gutiérrez

Endorsed by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS)

Type: Panel Discussion

Tags: Borderlands; Latino/a; West


This panel discussion canvasses the scholarship and intergenerational impacts of Ramón Gutiérrez on the history profession and historiography of early American, borderlands, and Latinx her/histories, and ethnic studies.

Session Participants

Chair: Kris Klein Hernández, Yale University
Klein Hernández is Predoctoral Associate in History at Bowdoin College and Doctoral Candidate in American Culture at the University of Michigan.

Panelist: Lilia Fernández, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Lilia is the Henry Rutgers Term Chair in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of History at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is a scholar of 20th centurn Latino/a urban and immigration history and the author of Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2012), a history of the migration and settlement of Latinos in Chicago in the years after World War II. She is also the editor of 50 Events that Shaed Latino History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, 2018), and has authored numerous book chapters, journal articles, book reviews, and essays on Latino/a community formation, labor migration, nativism and xenophobia, and urban history, Currently, she is working on several projects including a book on the history of panethnic Latino politics in Chicago and an essay on Latinos, police abuse, and the criminal justice system.

Panelist: Lisbeth Haas, University of California, Santa Cruz

Panelist: John Nieto-Phillips, Indiana University
For the past twenty years, I’ve been researching and teaching transnational histories involving Latinas and Latinos. I am especially interested in ways that race, language, and education have shaped changing notions of U.S. citizenship and identity. My first book explores these themes. The Language of Blood: The Making of Spanish-American Identity in New Mexico, 1880s-1930s, retraces national and regional debates over New Mexico’s admission into the Union in 1912, and critically examines the decades-long evolution of a “Spanish American” identity. Fundamental to that identity was hispanidad, or popular identification with Spanish colonial, linguistic, cultural and racial heritage.