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Thu, Jun 17


MACRI Talks Presents: Dr. Martha Menchaca

The Mexican American Experience: Struggles for Social and Economic Equality in Texas

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MACRI Talks Presents: Dr. Martha Menchaca
MACRI Talks Presents: Dr. Martha Menchaca

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Jun 17, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT


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The Mexican American Experience: Struggles for Social and Economic Equality in Texas

Join us for a free virtual presentation by Dr. Martha Menchaca, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research interests are in the field of historical and legal anthropology.  She has published 5 books and is the author of 19 articles and book chapters examining schooling, immigration, civil rights, and race relations. Dr. Menchaca’s upcoming book “The Mexican American Experience” will be published in Fall 2021 and examines the civil rights history of Mexican Americans in Texas. Her previous books have received national attention and awards. Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants:  A Texas History (May 2011), won the best book award for the National Association of Chicano Studies. Her book was also previewed by CSPAN-Book as one of the best college books examining the history of U.S.-Mexico immigration policy.  Dr. Menchaca also received three “Outstanding Academic Book” awards by CHOICE for:  The Mexican Outsiders:  A Community History of Marginalization and Discrimination in California (1995), The Politics of Dependency:  US Reliance on Mexican Oil and Farm Labor (2016), and Recovering History, Constructing Race: The Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans (2001). For Mexican Outsiders Professor Menchaca also received the Gustavus Meyers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America. She is also the co-author of “Barrio Ballots” (1994) which deals with electoral politics.

Dr. Menchaca grew up in Santa Paula, California.  She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1974) and her Ph.D. from Stanford University (1987).  She is the mother of twin boys and the spouse of Dr. Richard Valencia.  She has acted as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, voting section.

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