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University of Colorado Boulder
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Mexican American/Chicano/a history, Latinos/as in the US, civil rights in the US, history of race and racism, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in History, history pedagogy
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About Me

Natalie Mendoza is an assistant professor of United States history who specializes in Mexican American and Chicanx history, US Latinx history, US civil rights history, and the history of race and racism in the US. In addition to studying the past, Natalie has an active research agenda in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History (SoTL), a body of literature that uses theoretical and evidence-based research to examine the discipline-specific problems in the teaching and learning of history. Natalie first came to CU-Boulder as the project lead for the History Teaching & Learning Project (2017-2019), in which she relied upon her training as a historian and her expertise in SoTL to direct a department-wide effort to improve undergraduate curriculum.

Natalie’s current book project, Good Neighbor at Home: Mexican American Identity and Civil Rights during World War II, examines the impact of geopolitics and war on intellectual thought, identity formation, and civil rights activism within the Mexican American population in the pre-Chicano period. Natalie will be on leave in the 2019-2020 academic year to take residence as the David J. Weber Fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies in Dallas, Texas, where she will spend the year completing her book manuscript.

Natalie has also done extensive work to improve history education at multiple levels. She has consulted for K-12 social studies teachers in both California and Colorado, taught a pedagogy course and facilitated workshops for graduate students at UC Berkeley and CU-Boulder, helped found the Teaching History Conference to support teachers and professors across the K-16 continuum, and served on an ad hoc committee for the American Historical Association tasked with drafting a statement on the value of SoTL in History to the discipline. Natalie currently serves as a regional officer for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History, and as an advisory board member for #PlainTalkHistory, a website resource for critical history lessons for a multiracial democracy.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
5, 8
Expertise by Topic
Pedagogy, Race, World War II