Beyond The New Deal Order Conference, UCSB, September 24-26

Beyond The New Deal Order Sept. 26, 10:30 AM “The Unexpected Virtues of Exclusion: Farm Workers and the New Deal” Panel includes presentations from Tom Sugrue, NYU, and Kelly Lytle ...


Philip Taft Labor History Award

  “The Taft Labor History Prize Committee, made up of Ileen DeVault, Jeff Cowie, Thavolia Glymph, Laurie Green, and Seth Rockman is   pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 ...



Film Review

My review of “Cesar Chavez:  An American Hero”


If you have read any of my books or articles, or heard ...

Critical Responses and Resources

This section hosts some of the public responses to my most recent ...


From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez ...
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Here are a few syllabi from previous course I have taught: History ...
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Digital Projects

Educating Change: Latina Activism and the Struggle for Educational Equity remembers the ...

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Slate “Future Tense:” Fields of Screens

Fields of Screens:  Technology Won’t Steal Farm Workers’ Jobs. But It Could Make Them Better.

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The Undocumented Student Movement Project

The Undocumented Student Movement Project is a public humanities project that seeks to document the lives of undocumented youths and, in the process, create a public conversation about what it means to be an immigrant and an American. The project will document and exhibit the words, videos, articles, tweets, art, and actions of immigrant students […]

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Gilbert Padilla

Gilbert Padilla is a former member of the Community Service Organization that moved to the Central Valley with Cesar Chavez in 1962 to begin the National Farm Workers Association.  He is also the primary inspiration for my book, From the Jaws of Victory.  I began my education of the farm workers movement by talking to […]

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Lectures and Interviews

KUCI’s Ask a Leader KCRW’s Good Food, “Matt Bitman; Domestic Truffles; the Legacy of Caesar Chavez” (1/5/2013) WAMC’s The Roundtable, “From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement” (12/3/2012) BlogTalkRadio, “Creating a Life and Business of Significance” (10/22/12) NPR’s Tell Me More, “50 Years on, Reconsidering […]

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