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Mireya Loza

Assistant Professor of Food Studies

Nutrition and Food Studies

Mireya Loza is an Assistant Professor of Food Studies in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. She earned her doctorate in American Studies and an M.A. in Public Humanities at Brown University. In addition, she holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her areas of research include Latinx History, Social Movements, Labor History and Food Studies. Her book, Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual and Political Freedom (UNC Press), examines the Bracero Program and how guest workers negotiated the intricacies of indigeneity, intimacy, and transnational organizing. She is currently carrying out research for her second book project tentatively title, The Strangeness and Bitterness of Plenty: Making Food and Seeing Race in the Agricultural West, 1942-1965.

Her first book won the 2017 Theodore Saloutos Book Prize awarded by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the Smithsonian Secretary’s Research Prize. She was also named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Mexico-North Research Network, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prior to joining the faculty at NYU she was a curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Latinx Studies and the Department of History at the University of Illinois.

Selected Publications

  • Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom. David J. Weber Series in New Borderlands History (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016). *Winner of the Theodore Saloutos Book Award, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 2017 *Winner of the Smithsonian Institution Secretary's Research Prize, 2017
  • The Japanese Agricultural Workers’ Program: Race, Labor, and Cold War Diplomacy in the Fields, 1956-1965.” Pacific Historical Review (Vol. 86, No. 4, 2017). *Winner of the Vicki L. Ruiz Award for the Best Article on Race in the North American West, Western History Association, 2018.
  • "From Ephemeral to Enduring: The Politics of Recording and Exhibiting Bracero Memory." The Public Historian, vol. 38, no. 2 (May 2016): 23-41.
  • "Unionizing the Impossible: Ernesto Galarza and Alianza de Bracero Confront PL 78" Dialogo 19, no.2 (Fall 2016).
  • "Alianza de Braceros Nacionales de Mexico en los Estados Unidos, 1943-1964" in ¿Que Fronteras?: Mexican Braceros and a Re-Examination of the Legacy of Migration. ed. Paul Lopez (Dubuque: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2010).