From the Jaws of Victory:

The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement

From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement is the most comprehensive history ever written on the meteoric rise and precipitous decline of the United Farm Workers, the most successful farm labor union in United States history.

A World of its Own:

Race, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970

A World of its Own: Race, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970 traces the history of intercultural struggle and cooperation in the citrus belt of Greater Los Angeles and explores the social and cultural forces that helped make the city the expansive and diverse metropolis that it is today.

Mapping Latina/o Studies

Mapping Latina/o Studies brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to discuss the dynamic field of Latina/o Studies. Drawing on media studies, communications, history, education, literature, anthropology, popular music, and sociology, this collection explores the limits and possibilities of the category of Latinidad


“Social Movement Unionism and the ‘Sin Fronteras’ philosophy in farm worker organizing: A New Paradigm for American Labor”

(with Mario Sifuentez) in New Directions in Labor History edited by Daniel Katz and Richard Greenwald (forthcoming, New Press)

“The Importance of Being Asian: Growers, the United Farm Workers and the Rise of Colorblindness”

in 25th anniversary of Omi and Winant’s Racial Formations edited by Daniel Hosang and Laura Pulido (forthcoming, UC Press)

“Chicano Activism,”

in Heather Thompson (ed.) Speaking Out with Many Voices. New York: Prentice Hall, 2010.

“Intraethnic Conflict and the Bracero Program during World War II”

in Vicki Ruiz and Donna Gabaccia (Eds.) American Dreaming, Global Realities: Rethinking U.S. Immigration History. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007.

“Cain contra Abel: Courtship, Masculinities, and Citizenship in Southern California, 1942-1964,”

in James, Campbell, Matthew Guterl, and Robert Lee (Eds.) Race, Nation, and Empire in American History Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

“The “Chicano” dance hall: Remapping public space in Post-World War II Greater Los Angeles,”

in Cameron McCarthy, et. al. (Eds.) Sound Identities: Popular Music and the Cultural Politics of Education, Peter Lang, New York, 1999, pp. 317-341.

“Memories of El Monte”: Intercultural dance halls in post-World War II Greater Los Angeles,”

in Joe Austin and Michael Willard (Eds.) Generations of Youth, New York University Press, New York, NY, 1998, pp. 157-172.


Setting the Table: Historians, Popular Writers, and Food History

Journal of American History, Volume 103, Issue 3, 1 December 2016, Pages 656–678, https://doi.org/10.1093/jahist/jaw328
“Cesar Chavez, Flawed Hero of the Fields”

Los Angeles Times. September 25, 2012

“Ambassadors in Overalls: Mexican Guest Workers and the Future of Labor,” Boom: A Journal of California,

Vol. 1, No. 4, Winter 2011

“Social Movements, the Rise of Colorblind Conservativism, and What Comes Naturally,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies,

Vol. 31, No. 3, 2010

Labor, Migration and Social Justice in the Age of the Grape Boycott,” Gastronomica: A Journal of Food and Culture

7:3, Summer 2007.

“Intercultural Relations and Popular Culture in the San Gabriel Valley: Padua Hills Theatre and El Monte’s American Legion Stadium,” California Politics & Policy

October 1998, pp.19-27.

“Adjusting the focus: Padua Hills Theatre and Latino History,” Organization of American Historians Magazine of History

Winter 1996, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 19-22.

“Chicana/o history in a changing discipline,” Humboldt Journal of Social Relations"

Volume 22:1, 1996 pp. 83-95.

“Just put on that Padua Hills’ smile”: The Padua Hills Theatre and The Mexican Players, 1931-1974,”

California History, Vol. LXXIV, number 3, Fall 1995, pp. 244-261.

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