Jerry GonzalezDepartment of History - Mentor
Dr. Jerry Gonzalez is an Assistant Professor in the UTSA Department of History. He received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2009. His dissertation was titled “A Place in the Sun: Mexican American Identity, Race, and the Suburbanization of Los Angeles, 1940-1980”. His research interests are Chicana/o history and historiography, Latina/o identity, comparative race and ethnicity in the United States, immigration history, the history of Los Angeles and the west, and twentieth-century U.S. history and urban history. He participated in a highly selective and intensive workshop series organized by the Center for Excellence in Teaching through USC’s College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences designed to prepare advanced Ph.D. students for faculty positions. He has a book manuscript in progress on Mexican Americans and the Postwar Suburban Dream and has done numerous presentations on barrio history, East Los Angeles, urban renewal, suburbanization, and space and identity. He has taught classes on film, power, and American history; war and the American experience; and Mexican American history. He has also worked with students of color in directing them on deciding on graduate school programs.