Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Prof. Martha Menchaca Receives 2013 NACCS Book Award

Mon, March 25, 2013

LLILAS is proud to announce that Prof. Martha Menchaca of the UT Department of Anthropology is the recipient of the 2013 Book Award from the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies for her book Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants: A Texas History (University of Texas Press, 2011).

The award distinguishes her book as an exceptional contribution to the field of Chicano and Chicana Studies. Professor Menchaca was honored on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the NACCS meetings in San Antonio. The organization serves academic programs, departments, and research centers dedicated to the study of Mexican Americans, Chicanos/as, and Latinos/as.

Supported by a solid foundation of historical and legal research, including the use of state archives and U.S. Congressional records, among other sources, Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants applies an interdisciplinary approach to explore questions of citizenship, race, and naturalization in the context of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Texas—the state where the majority of the Mexican immigrant population resided at the time. Dr. Menchaca investigates the racial history of naturalization policies and practices as they related to Mexican and Mexican-descended communities in the state. She argues that her analysis, although focused only on Texas, provides insight into the political landscape that shaped the perception and policy toward Mexican migrants seen at the national level today.

Martha Menchaca is Professor of Anthropology and is affiliated with the programs of Latin American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as the Center for Mexican American Studies, at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a PhD from Stanford University, and her research interests include social and legal anthropology, ethnicity, gender, oral history and traditions, immigration, Chicano studies, U.S. and Mexican culture, and Latin America. Dr. Menchaca is also author of two other award-winning books with the University of Texas Press, The Mexican Outsiders: A Community History of Marginalization and Discrimination in California (1995) and Recovering History, Constructing Race: The Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans (2001).

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