Geraldo L. Cadava
Professor of History, Wender-Lewis Teaching and Research Professor
- Kresge 5532
- Office Hours: Tuesdays 3 to 5pm
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).
He is the author of two books. Most recently, he wrote The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of An American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump, published by Ecco/HarperCollins in 2020. His first book was Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland, published by Harvard University Press in 2013.
Other writing has appeared in The Journal of American History, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. You can learn more about his public-facing writing and media appearances on his website: www.geraldocadava.com.
Cadava teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Latino 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 musical Hamilton, and the 2016 and 2020 elections. He is also the Director of the Latina and Latino Studies Program.
- 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
- 2019-2020: Northwestern University, Associated Student Government, Faculty Honor Roll
- 2019: Stanford Humanities Center, External Faculty Fellowship
- 2019: Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (declined)
- 2019: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (declined)
- 2019: The Alumnae of Northwestern University Research Grant
- 2018: Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Weinberg College Community Building Award
- 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).