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First Name
Verenize
Last Name
Arceo
Affiliation
University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Keywords
Nineteenth-Century American West, Identity Formation and Social Space, Urban History, Race and Ethnicity
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About Me

I am a second-year graduate student pursuing my PhD in History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I received my undergraduate degree in History at the University of California, Merced in 2018. My research interests center on the intersections of race and space in the North American West during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My undergraduate research experience focused on Merced, California’s Chinese community between 1850 and 1920 and analyzed how spatial dynamics complicates our understanding of power relations and restores voices to historically silenced communities. Ultimately, it is my desire to focus on how minority groups take the “foreign” out of their segregated enclaves within small towns and make these marginalized spaces into homes and communities. Moreover, I am a first-generation college student and a Latina maneuvering my way through the academy with the hopes to open doors for future scholars of color to see this path as an avenue for themselves as well.

Recent Publications

“Bridging China with Merced: Chinese Economic and Spatial Development, 1870-1900.” Southern California Quarterly. (Submitted)

Media Coverage
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/uc-undergrads-don-t-just-gain-knowledge-they-create-it https://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/local/education/uc-merced/article213551114.html
Country Focus
United States/American West
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Labor, Local & Regional, Migration & Immigration, Race, Urban History