Matthew Garcia, Director, is Director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, & Religious Studies and Professor of Transborder Studies and History. His book, A World of Its Own: Race, Labor and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970 (The University of North Carolina Press, 2001) was named co-winner for the best book in oral history by the Oral History Association in 2003. His current book project, A Moveable Feast: César Chávez and The United Farm Workers’ Boycott (University of California Press, 2012) explores the most successful consumer boycott in US history and the grassroots activists and union leaders who created it.


Edward Escobar

Edward Escobar, Executive Committee, is expert in the Chicano experience and 20th century US history, and is a founding professor of the Department of Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at ASU. His most recent book Race, Police, and the Making of Political Identity, studies the relationship between the Los Angeles Police Department and Mexican Americans from 1900-1945. His current research extends this work and is tentatively entitled Drawing the Thin Blue Line: LAPD-Chicana/o Relations since World War II.



Cecilia Menjívar

Cecilia Menjívar, Executive Committee, conducts research that examines the social worlds of individuals who live in hostile and violent environments. These contexts result from various forms of exclusion-legal, social, economic-as well as from institutional, symbolic, and political forms of violence. Her work can be summarized in two areas: A) Focus on U.S.-bound migration, where she has studied the effects of legal, social and economic exclusion on the lives of immigrannts; B) An interest in Latin America, with special attention to Central America, where she has researched the effects of structural adjustments and state terror, as seen through the lens of gender. Recently her interests have merged in examinations of the effects of emigration and of the US-based immigration regime on the non-migrant relatives in countries of origin.


Carlos Vélez-Ibañez

Carlos Vélez-Ibañez, Executive Committee, Ex-officio, is Regent’s Professor and Director of the School of Transborder Studies, Motorola Presidential Professor of Neighborhood Revitalization, Professor in the School of Transborder Studies and Human Evolution and Social Change, and Emeritus Professor of Anthropology of the University of California, Riverside. His work is concentrated on the Southwestern United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. His publications are numerous including eleven books. He presently conducts transnational field research on Mexican-origin American children forcibly returned to Mexico with their parents and in two rural valleys in California and New Mexico and their sending communities in Mexico.