Geraldo L. Cadava
- Harris 210, Crowe 1-131
Geographic Field(s): American History, Since 1900
Thematic Field(s): Political and Policy History
Principal Research Interest(s): Latino, Borderlands, Migration to and From Latin America
Geraldo L. Cadava (Ph.D., Yale University, 2008) is a historian of the United States and Latin America. He focuses on Latinos in the United States and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, he came to Northwestern after finishing degrees at Yale University (Ph.D., 2008) and Dartmouth College (B.A., 2000).
Cadava is finishing a book about the history of Hispanics and the Republican Party since the 1960s, to be published by Ecco in early 2020. His essays on this topic have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the NACLA Report on the Americas, and on TheAtlantic.com, WashingtonPost.com, and OZY.com.
He has been awarded fellowships for this book from the Stanford Humanities Center, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
His first book, Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard University Press, 2013 in hardcover, 2016 in paperback), was about the Arizona-Sonora borderland since World War II. It won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award, given annually by the Organization of American Historians.
Writing related to Standing on Common Ground was published by the Journal of American History, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Immigration Policy Center. The book was supported by fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives, and a Huggins-Quarles Prize from the Organization of American Historians.
Cadava teaches courses on Latinx History, the American West, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, migration to and from Latin America, and other topics in U.S. History, including Watergate, the 2016 election, and the musical Hamilton.
- Latina and Latino Studies Program
- Department of Spanish and Portuguese
- Center for Native American and Indigenous Research
- The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump (New York: Ecco, 2020).
- Standing on Common Ground: The Making of the Sunbelt Borderland (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013).
- “The Other Migrants: Mexican Shoppers in American Borderlands,” in Race and Retail: Consumption Across the Color Line, edited by Ann Fabian and Mia Bay (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2015).
- “Entrepreneurs from the Beginning: Latino Business & Commerce since the 16th Century,” American Latinos and the Making of the United States: a Theme Study (Washington, DC: National Park System Advisory Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, 2013): 215-229.
- “Borderlands of Modernity and Abandonment: The Lines within Ambos Nogales and the Tohono O’odham Nation,” The Journal of American History vol. 98, no. 2 (September 2011): 362-383.
Cadava teaches undergraduate and graduate courses—both lectures and seminars—on Latino History, North American Borderlands, Comparative World Borders, the American West, and social, cultural, and political histories of the United States and Latin America.
Recent Awards and Honors
- 2015: Stanford Humanities Center, External Faculty Fellowship (declined).
- 2014: Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians.
- 2012-2013: Northwestern University Order of Omega Greek Award, “Outstanding Faculty Member”
- 2011-2012: Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.
- 2011-2012: Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty.
- 2011-2012: Research Institute at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, External Faculty Fellowship (declined).
- 2011-2012: The Bill & Rita Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, Research Fellowship (declined).