Cecilia Márquez is an Assistant Professor in Latino/a Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. She earned her MA and PhD in American History at the University of Virginia. She also holds a BA in Black Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies from Swarthmore College.
Her first book project, “The Strange Career of Juan Crow: Latino/a Racial Formations and the U.S. South, 1940-2010,” examines the social and cultural history of Latinos in the post-World War II South. She traces the history of Latino/as during the demise of Jim Crow segregation and their transformation from an ethnic group to a racial one. Her work helps historicize contemporary Latino/a migration to the U.S. South and emphasizes the importance of region in shaping Latino/a identity. Her second book project is a history of Latino/as and far-right politics that spans from the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to the Alt-Right.
Márquez's work has been recognized by several organizations for its contributions to the study of American History and Latino/a Studies. In 2016 she received an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Prior to this, she has been awarded a Smithsonian Latino/a Studies Predoctoral Fellowship at the National Museum of American History, the George E. Pozzetta Dissertation award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and the Praxis Fellowship in Digital Humanities at University of Virginia Scholar’s Lab.