Miroslava Chávez-García

Department of History


Chicana/o History, Im/Migration, Juvenile Justice, U.S. Women of Color, Borderlands


Miroslava Chávez-García is Professor in the Department of History at the University of California at Santa Barbara and holds affiliate status in the Departments of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Feminist Studies. She is also Faculty Director of Graduate Diversity Initiatives in the Graduate Division. Miroslava is author of Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s to 1880s (University of Arizona Press, 2004) and States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California’s Juvenile Justice System (University of California Press, 2012). Her most recent book, Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, is a history of migration, courtship, and identity as told through more than 300 personal letters exchanged among family members in the 1960s and 1970s. The book appears in the David J. Weber series in New Borderlands History from the University of North Carolina Press. Miroslava has also published numerous articles on related topics of migration, juvenile justice, and Chicana history as well as on mentoring young scholars of color in academia.