5th Annual Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture Series, Featuring Dr. Natalia Molina
Dr. Natalia Molina is an Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity and Equity and a Professor of History and Urban Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her scholarship addresses US History, Latina/o History, Public Health, Immigration History, Racial and Ethnic Studies and Urban Studies. Her award-winning book, Fit to be Citizens? Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939, demonstrates how science and public health have shaped concepts of race in the early twentieth century. Her newest book, How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts (University of California Press, 2014) is the recipient of the Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship. The book examines Mexican Americans from 1924, when American law drastically reduced immigration into the United States, to 1965, when many quotas were abolished. The book strives to understand how broad themes of race and citizenship are constructed and calls attention to the connections between racialized groups.
Dr. Molina has been the recipient of nationally competitive awards including from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Mellon Foundation. She sits on several boards, including California Humanities, the state level partner to the National Endowment of the Humanities, and is a speaker for the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program.