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Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture Series

5th Annual Peggy Pascoe Lecture Series, Featuring Dr. Natalia Molina

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February 19th, 12pm at the Jaqua 101 Harrington Auditorium

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.

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Peggy Pascoe was the Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History and Professor of Ethnic Studies. An influential historian of her generation, authoring ground-breaking histories of the American West that centered on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality. Her book What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America (Oxford University Press, 2009) received five prestigious awards in 2009. It won the Ellis H Hawley Prize, Lawrence W Levine Award, Joan Kelly Prize, John H. Dunning Prize, and was a finalist for the John Hope Franklin Prize.

Peggy Pascoe was a true treasure to the University of Oregon, and her dedication to see a thriving and stable Ethnic Studies Department led to her abundant and selfless mentorship of the department’s faculty.


Lecture Series History

2013/14 – Dr. Martin Summers, Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College



2012/13 – Dr. Estelle B. Freedman, Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History at Stanford University, also affiliate with the Program in Feminist Studies.



2011/12 – David G. Gutiérrez, Associate Professor of History, UC San Diego


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