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/as and the Making of the U.S. South, 1940-1970,” examines the social and cultural history of Latinos in the post-World War II South. She traces the history of Latino/as, primarily Mexican-Americans and Puerto Ricans, 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 in the culture wars of the second half of the twentieth century. It will examine the role of Latino activists and politicians on both sides of debates over abortion, gay liberation, and feminism, placing Latinos at the center of a narrative heretofore organized around evangelical politics and the rise of the 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.
ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship Smithsonian Institution Latino Studies Predoctoral Fellowship at the National Museum of American History Immigration and Ethnic History Society George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Prize Praxis Program Fellowship in the Digital Humanities, Scholars Lab at the University of Virginia. Charlottesville, Virginia