Academic Publications

"Field of Dreams: Migrant Futboleros in Greater Mexico," Boom California                                                                   This essay uses the life trajectory of Aurelio Sánchez to trace how soccer first took root in Mexico, and then how Mexicans and Mexican-Americans slowly laid the groundwork for the now-explosive popularity of the sport in the United States. This part of a new project on soccer, Mexican migrants, and Mexican-Americans.

“Transnationalism in the Life and Letters of the Venegas family,” The History of the Family.
Special Issue on Migrant Correspondence, History of the Family, Fall 2016

Abstract: Married in 1919, Miguel and Dolores migrated from Zapotlanejo, Jalisco to Los Angeles, California in 1927, where they raised ten children, nine boys and one girl. Like Mexicans migrant families throughout the U.S. Southwest they experienced leaving Mexico and making a new home, endured the Great Depression, and in many cases, sent their children off to fight in World War II. Throughout this time period, they corresponded with their relatives in Mexico, providing historians with a rare collection of Mexican migrant personal correspondence. Using this new collection of letters, housed at Loyola Marymount University’s Department of Archives and Special Collections, this article constructs the role of letters in the formation of a transnational family and the family as transnational resource and strategy.

East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte
[Under Contract with Rutgers University Press]. edt Romeo Guzmán, Carribean Fragoza, Ryan Reft, Alex Cummings,. A methodologically innovative reader,
East of East is a sort of WPA guide for the twenty-first century that blends public history and traditional scholarship, oral history and memoir, creative nonfiction and photography to provide a kaleidoscopic view of two Southern California cities. Our contributors include faculty, award winning novelist from the community, activists, journalists, and doctoral candidates. 

“Tin Tan” in Icons of Mexico 
Eric Zolov edt. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, September 2015)

This 2,000 word entry follows the Mexican born, borderlands raised, and pachuco dressing Tin Tan from his early days on the radio in the U.S. borderlands to his celebrated film career.

“My Father’s Charreria, My Rodeo: A Paisa Journey”
Boom: A Journal of California (A Publication of UC Press) Spring 2014. Vol 4. No. 1
When my father passed away, a belt buckle became the only physical object connecting me to his past. Using family photo albums and personal narrative, this essay places my father, his belt buckle, and my own migrant experience, within the larger history of Charreria/Rodeo in Mexico and the United States.

Other Publications

“East of East”
May 2014 to Present, Edit KCET Departures Column titled 

"Lobo"                                                                                                                                                                                         Entropy Literary Magazine, Fall 2017

"Team Zapata"

Burn The Wagon: Writings from Greater El Monte (SEMAP & La Casa, 2017)

“Migrant Dreams and Soccer Journeys"
KCET, East of East, June 19, 2015

“In Search of Buried Histories in South El Monte and El Monte”
KCET, East of East, January 9, 2015

“Domestic Art: Nannies, Immigrants, and Labor”
Tropics of Meta, February 27, 2013

“El PAN y el Voto Migrante”
Letras Libres, Frontera Adentro, February 7, 2012

“Forjando Identidades en la Urbe de Hierro: Mexicanos en Nueva York”
Letras Libres, Frontera Adentro, September 20, 2011

“A Posthumous Search For El Abuelo”
Acentos Review, February 2011  

“Celebrating the Virgen de Guadalupe in New York City”
Latin America Dispatch, January 7, 2011