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Albert Camarillo

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Albert Camarillo

Leon Sloss Jr. Memorial Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles
B.A., University of California at Los Angeles

Al Camarillo was appointed to the faculty in the Department of History at Stanford University in 1975 after receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA. He has published and co-edited eight books and over three dozen articles dealing with the experiences of Mexican Americans and other racial and immigrant groups in American cities. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of the field of Mexican American history and Chicano Studies. Over the course of his career, Camarillo has received many awards and fellowships. Fellowships include a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship; he was also a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, The Huntington Library, and at the Stanford Humanities Center. His awards for teaching and service at Stanford are numerous. He is the only faculty member in the history of Stanford University to receive the six highest awards for excellence in teaching, service to undergraduate education and Stanford alumni, and university-related public service.

In addition to teaching and research, he has served in several administrative positions: founding Director of the Stanford Center for Chicano Research (1980-1985); founding Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (1985-1988); Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduates Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences (1991-1993); founding Director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (1996-2002). He is a past President of the American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch (2006) and of the Organization of American Historians (2012-13), the largest association in the nation for U.S. historians.

Selected Publications & Projects

Albert Camarillo
Originally published in 1979, "Chicanos in a Changing Society" was among the first studies to focus on the history of Mexican Americans, specifically...

Selected Journals & Book Chapters

Albert Camarillo
The Racial Borderhoods of America: Mexican Americans and the Changing Ethnic/Racial Landscapes of Cities, 1850-2000 (in press, Oxford University...
Albert Camarillo
Going Back to Compton: Reflections of a Native Son on Life in an Infamous American City  (in progress)
Albert Camarillo
In his presidential address to the 2013 Organization of American Historians annual meeting, Albert M. Camarillo takes a comparative approach to...
Albert Camarillo
“Looking Back on Chicano History: A Generational Perspective,” Pacific Historical Review, 82:4 (November 2013)
Albert Camarillo
“A New Racial Frontier in America’s Cities of Color: Reflections on Minority-Majority Cities—the Case of Compton, California,” in Hazel Markus and...
Albert Camarillo
“Blacks, Latinos, and the New Racial Frontier in American Cities of Color: California’s Emerging Minority-Majority Cities,” in Joe Trotter and Kennet...
Albert Camarillo
“Cities of Color: The Making of California’s Minority-Majority Cities,” Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 76, No. 1 (February 2007)
Albert Camarillo
Chicanos in California: A History of Mexican Americans, Golden State Series, Boyd and Fraser/Materials for Today's Learning, 1984 (fourth printing)
Albert Camarillo
Ray A. Billington
The American Southwest: Myth and Reality (with Ray A. Billington), William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Publications, UCLA, 1979