Ana Raquel Minian

Assistant Professor of History and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

At Stanford Since

Ph.D., Yale University, with distinction; M.A. Yale University; B.A., University of Chicago, with honors
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On leave for the 2013-14 academic year.

Bio Sketch

Ana Raquel Minian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE).

Her current book project explores the late-twentieth-century history of Mexican undocumented migration to the United States, the growth of migrant communities, and bi-national efforts to regulate the border. It uses over two hundred oral history interviews, government archives, migrant correspondence, privately held organizational records and personal collections, pamphlets and unpublished ephemera, and newspapers and magazines collected in Washington D.C., Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Michoacán, Zacatecas, and Mexico City. As the first sustained history of transnational Mexican migration from 1965 to 1986, this work addresses audiences interested in U.S. and Latin American political history, Latina/o history, and Migration Studies. Minian is also working on a project on the United Farm Workers (UFW) union and another on Guatemalan transmigration through Mexico and into the United States. 


  • Undocumented Lives: Mexican Migration to the United States 1965-1986 (book manuscript in progress).
  • “‘Indiscriminate and Shameless Sex’: The Strategic Deployment of Sexuality by the United Farm Workers,” American Quarterly, (Vol. 65, No. 1: March 2013 pp. 63-90).
  • “Western Hemisphere Act,” in Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, edited by Kathleen Arnold (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2011).

Research Interests

  • Mexican American history
  • Latina/o history
  • Migration history
  • U.S. and Mexican social and political history
  • Transnationalism
  • History of sexuality


  • Governance, Resistance, and Identity in Modern Mexico
  • Transnational Latin American Migration to the United States
  • Borders and Borderlands in Modern Mexico

Fellowships and Awards

  • Donald D. Harrington Fellowship, UT Austin, 2013-2014
  • CCSRE Faculty Research Fellowship, CCSRE, Stanford University, 2012-2013
  • Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for best dissertation in American Studies, American Studies Association, 2012
  • CONACYT Beca en el Extranjero, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Mexico, 2011-2012
  • Yale University, Leylan Fellowship in the Humanities, 2010-2011   
  • Yale University, MacMillan Center Dissertation Research Grant, 2009-2010
  • Yale University, Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies Research Grant, 2009-2010
  • Yale University, Women, Religion and Globalization Fellowship, 2009