Research Programs: Public Scholars

Period of Performance

10/1/2015 - 9/30/2016

Funding Totals

$50,400.00 (approved)
$50,400.00 (awarded)

Latino Landscapes: A Transnational History of Urban America since 1950

FAIN: FZ-231736-15

Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz
Regents of the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001)

A book-length examination of how Latin American migrants and U.S.-born Latinos have created distinctive forms of city life on both sides of the Rio Grande.

At a time when immigration is at the top of the nation’s agenda, public understanding of the issue is often based upon misapprehensions about human migration and its effect on everyday life in the communities of the United States. I intend to write a widely accessible history of how Latin American migrants have settled in U.S. cities and transformed their adopted neighborhoods while at the same time rebuilding the small towns from which they came. In so doing, I hope to bring five years of scholarly research and writing into the public realm in a form that helps people understand the origins and implications of the growing interdependence of people in cities and towns across the Americas. I do so by exploring the history of the biggest immigrant barrios in two of the nation’s largest cities: Chicago’s Little Village community and Dallas’s Oak Cliff neighborhood.

Associated Products

Abstract: In places with growing populations of Latino newcomers, barrios have been among the most dynamic neighborhoods in their cities. While their residents often have limited incomes, their property values have been rising while crime is sharply declining; indeed, so much so that these areas are increasingly likely to undergo gentrification. And in places with fewer immigrants, many municipal governments have made official efforts to attract residents from overseas in hopes of harnessing human mobility to revitalize underpopulated neighborhoods—Global Detroit and the Global Cleveland Initiative represent just two programs of this kind. In the meantime, what had been a sustained influx of people from Latin America has largely come to a halt: for example, by the mid-2000s net migration from Mexico had fallen to zero, or, according to some enumerations, become a net emigration. This has not been due to a lack of new arrivals. Rather, it is because many migrants have been departing for their homelands, whether to pursue opportunities or simply retire there; the upshot has been a tide of return migration to Latin America.
Author: A. K. Sandoval-Strausz
Date: 10-28-2015
Location: Delaware Humanities Forum, Wilmington, Delaware
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Primary URL Description: A link to the lecture.

Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City (Book)
Title: Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City
Author: Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz
Year: 2019
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: WorldCat entry (1541697243)
Publisher: Basic Books
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 1541697243