Historian edits book on North American migration

Author: Erik Runyon


Marc Rodriguez, assistant professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, is the editor of a new book titled “Repositioning North American Migration History: New Directions in Modern Continental Migration, Citizenship and Community.”

Published by the University of Rochester Press, the book compares the way international migrants form communities and maintain relationships with their native regions to similar patterns among migrants from within the North American continent. Twelve contributing scholars of North American immigration analyze the development of migrant networks and institutions in the volume, sponsored by Princeton University’s Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies.

Walter Nugent, Andrew V. Tackes Emeritus Professor of History at Notre Dame, wrote the first chapter, “Crossing Borders, Countering Exceptionalism.” A noted scholar of the American West, migration and demography, Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and comparative history, Nugent received the Western History Associations Caughey Award for the best book on the American West in 2000.

In addition to editing the book, Rodriguez wrote a chapter titled “Migrants and Citizens: Mexican American Migrant Workers and the War on Poverty in an American City.” His scholarly interests include U.S. Latino history and U.S. legal history.

A 2001 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Law, Rodriguez earned his doctoral degree in U.S. history from Northwestern University.

Joining Rodriguez and Nugent as contributing authors to “Repositioning North American Migration History” are: Josef Barton, Wallace Best, Donna Gabbaccia, James Gregory, Tobias Higbie, Mae Ngai, Annelise Orleck, Kunal Parker, Kimberly Phillips, and Bruno Ramirez.

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