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University of California, San Diego
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Latina/o History, Food History, Gender History, Urban Studies, Immigration History,
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About Me

Professor Molina’s work lies at the intersections of race, gender, culture, and citizenship. She is the author of two award winning books, Fit to be Citizens? Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939 and How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts. Her current book project examines eight decades of place-making, community formation, and gentrification in the historically multiethnic Los Angeles community of Echo Park. She is a Professor of History and Urban Studies at University of California, San Diego.

Recent Publications

“The Importance of Place and Place-makers in the Life of a Los Angeles Community: What Gentrification Erases from Echo Park,” Southern California Quarterly, Volume 97, No. 1, Spring 2015, pp. 69-111.

“Deportable Citizens: The Decoupling of Race and Citizenship in the Construction of the ‘Anchor Baby’,” In Deportation in the Americas: Histories of Exclusion, edited by Kenyon Zimmer and Cristina Salinas. Arlington, TX: Texas A&M Press, 2018.

“Understanding Race as a Relational Concept: What’s at Stake in Seeing Ourselves in Each Other’s Histories,” Modern American History, 1:1, 2018.

“Writing Significant Scholarship, Helping Others, and Making an Impact in Your Field: Lessons from a Senior Scholar,” Kalfou: Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies, Volume 4, Issue 2, 2017.

“Fear and Loathing in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: The History of Mexicans as Medical Menaces, 1848-Present,” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Volume 41, Number 2, Fall 2016, pp. 87-112.

“The Long Arc of Dispossession: Racial Capitalism and Contested Notions of Citizenship in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands in the Early Twentieth Century,” Western Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, No. 4, Winter 2014, pp. 431-447.

“Examining Chicana/o History through a Relational Lens,” Pacific Historical Review, Volume 82, No. 4, November 2013, pp. 520-541.

“Borders, Laborers, and Racialized Medicalization:  Mexican Immigration and US Public Health Policy in the Twentieth-Century,” American Journal of Public Health, Volume 101 No. 6 (2011), pp. 1024-1031.

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Country Focus
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United States
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Food History, Gender, Migration & Immigration, Race, Urban History, Women