Finding the Latinx City with Mike Amezcua and Pedro A. Regalado

"Sometimes Latino urban history is thought of as the history of a cultural community and that’s a little dismissive. I examine people contesting and reshaping the use of space."

Mike Amezcua and Pedro Regalado have a lot in common: they are city kids, community college grads, and McNair Scholars. They’re also leading historians of the US and its metropolises, and of Latinx Americans.

In February 2022, Amezcua published Making Mexican Chicago: From Postwar Settlement to the Age of Gentrification with the University of Chicago Press. His book recently earned the First Book Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. Amezcua’s research has appeared in The Journal of American History, the Journal of Social History, and The Sixties, as well as popular media, including the Washington Post, Teen Vogue, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Public Books. He is a frequent contributor to various news and public affairs outlets, where he has remarked on the state of Latinxs in Chicago and across the country. Starting this August, he will be a newly tenured associate professor of history at Georgetown University.

Regalado is developing his first book, Nueva York: Making the Modern City, at Stanford University, where he recently began as assistant professor of US history. His highly anticipated book will be the first history of New York City’s Latinx community throughout the twentieth century. His research has appeared in the Journal of Urban HistoryBoston Review, the Washington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as other academic and popular venues.