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Martha Menchaca

Core FacultyPh.D., Stanford University

Professor in the Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
Martha Menchaca



Social anthropology; ethnicity, critical race theory, legal anthropology, history and oral traditions, US/Mexican culture; Latin America; Mexico


Additional affiliations: Latin American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies, Urban Studies

Recent Publications:

2011.  Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants:  A Texas History.

2007. Latinos and the Mestizo Racial Heritage of Mexican Americans. In: Renato Rosaldo and Juan Flores, eds. Companion to Latino Studies. Pp. 313- 324. Blackwell Press.

2001. Recovering History, Constructing Race - The Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans.

1995. The Mexican Outsiders: A Community History of Marginalization and Discrimination in California.


WGS 393 • Oral Traditions And History

46844 • Spring 2015
Meets W 200pm-500pm SAC 5.118
(also listed as ANT 391, LAS 391, MAS 392)

This course will examine oral traditions (narratives about the past) and the politics of writing histories. We will explore how ethnographers recover historical information and reconstitute community histories. Auto-ethnography and autobiography will also be explored as historical methods and theoretical approaches that attempt to change the relations between author and informant.

Central issues of analysis include: hermeneutics, oral tradition theories and methods, how people remember the past, memory, the politics of writing, and race.

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