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Meet Professor Marc Rodriguez
Meet Professor Marc Rodriguez

Marc Rodriguez is Professor of History and Editor of the Pacific Historical Review at Portland State University. In 2012, he was awarded the NACCS Tejas Nonfiction Book Award, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Tejas Foco, for his book The Tejano Diaspora: Mexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).

Dr. Rodriguez' most recent book, Rethinking the Chicano Movement (Routledge Press, 2015), is a synthetic history of the Mexican American civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

Professor Rodriguez received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and a Juris Doctor, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2001-2004 he was Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University, where he also served as the Executive Secretary of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies. In 2004, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Clements Center for Southwestern Studies at Southern Methodist University. Rodriguez was Assistant Professor of History, Law, and American Sudies at the University of Notre Dame from 2004-2012 where he was also a fellow of the Institute for Latino Studies. In 2013-2014, Rodriguez served as the Director of the Civil Rights Heritage Center at Indiana University-South Bend.

Rodriguez has given many invited lectures on the history of Mexican American farmworkers and civil rights and has become recognized as a leading authority on the history of Mexican American internal migration and Chicano era politics.




Rethinking the Chicano Movement
Routledge Press, 2015


Marc S. Rodriguez, author of Rethinking the Chicano Movement, shares his own experiences researching for the book and what Hispanic Heritage Month means to him in this interview with Routledge Press.

You can also listen to a podcast interview on the New Books Network with Dr. Rodriguez about Rethinking the Chicano Movement.


Advance Praise:

 "With Rethinking the Chicano Movement, Marc Simon Rodriguez has artfully placed El Movimiento into its rightful place in American civil rights history. Rethinking is a critical addition to the undergraduate classroom, a significant reinterpretation of the movement’s legacy, and an exceptional read for anyone interested in Mexican American and civil rights history. This book is a must read.

Michael Innis-Jiménez, author of Steel Barrio: Mexican Migration to South Chicago, 1915-1940

"This book offers a compelling narrative of the Chicano movement, bringing to light its broad history, successes and limitations, as well as much new information on the struggle. Rethinking the Chicano Movement is a tremendously ambitious and important work." 

Brian D. Behnken, author of Fighting Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas

"Rodriguez has written an interesting and fresh interpretation of the Chicano movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is an exciting book combining dramatic chapters with an insightful and balanced analysis. Historians will welcome this superbly rendered synthesis. It is ideally suited for students seeking to understand the social ferment that surrounded the Chicano struggle for equality and justice."

— Zaragosa Vargas, author of Crucible of Struggle: A History of Mexican America from Colonial Times to the Present

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The Tejano Diaspora: Mexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin
University of North Carolina Press, 2011, 2014 (paper)


Important . . . . Rodriguez's book has national implications for U.S. civil rights history. The links between the Midwest and Chicano activism are now clear.

American Historical Review

Rodriquez was able to make connections between and across seemingly disparate historical periods, topics, and regions, an accomplishment which, in turn, expands the literature on Mexican American history in Texas.
Journal of South Texas

In The Tejano Diaspora, [Rodriguez] has successfully given testament to the many people, unions, government agencies, and conflicts that contributed to the rise of Mexican American political power throughout the U.S., thereby filling a large gap in the fields of U.S. labor, civil rights, and Mexican American histories.

Texas Books in Review

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Repositioning North American Migration History: 
New Directions in Modern Continental Migration, Citizenship, and Community

Edited by Marc S. Rodriguez
University of Rochester Press, 2004


This collection…explores a variety of migratory experiences in and to North America in ways that provide a distinctive take on events that scholars might otherwise segregate, thus missing some rich comparisons. . . . Community membership is far more complex and contested than . . . most political theorists imagine. The essays in this volume consistently reveal that lesson, and those wishing to explore its implications will find this book especially provocative.

Journal of American History

Repositioning North American Migration History is an excellent collection of scholarship that paves the way for future studies. . . . Similar to recent scholarly efforts to . . . move beyond fixed notions of the nation-state to imagine a wider geographic and conceptual frame of community, this volume enriches and expands our study of the history of North American migrants. 

Labor History

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Migration in History: Human Migration in Comparative Perspective

Edited by Marc S. Rodriguez and Anthony T. Grafton
University of Rochester Press, 2007


The interdisciplinary and comparative nature of this collection, which includes submissions by economists, anthropologists and historians alike, emphasizes how important the "longer view" is in the study of migration. . . . This collection takes an important step in viewing the various aspects of migration through time -- thus locating the important and complex processes involved in human migration in historical perspective.

Journal of Social History


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