Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS Faculty Affiliate Recognized with NACCS Book Award

Tue, March 19, 2013

We are very pleased to announce that our colega, Professor Martha Menchaca of the Department of Anthropology, will be receiving the NACCS Book Award by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. The NACCS conference will be taking place in San Antonio this week.

According to NACCS, Professor Menchaca's book, Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants: A Texas History, was recognized for its contribution to the field as a text that uses a transnational approach to the question of race and citizenship to examine the contours of incorporation at a time when half to two-thirds of the Mexican population in the United States resided in Texas. Drawing from original historical and legal research and an anthropological approach to Mexican migration from Mexico, as well as the role of governmental programs in spurring migration, Professor Menchaca interrogates the racial history of naturalization policies and practices as they related to Mexican and Mexican-descended communities in Texas from 1848 to the present, with an eye toward the implications for the current public debate over comprehensive immigration reform.

Kudos to Professor Menchaca!

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