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Grace Peña Delgado
  • Title
    • Co-Faculty Lead, Mellon SSRC-DPD
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations Research Center for the Americas, Kresge College, Merrill College, Stevenson College
  • Phone
    831-459-2738 (office)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 542
  • Office Hours Winter 2019: Tuesdays at 10-11:30 AM and by appt.
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95003
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Border Studies, Ethnicity, Chicana/o Studies, Nationalism, Immigration, Latin American and Latino Studies, Sexuality, Asian American Pacific Islander History, Mexico
  • Courses History 12: Introduction to Latino American History; History 128: Chicana/Chicano History; History 190D: An Undergraduate Seminar in US Migration History; History 201: Directed Research Colloquium; History 204E: Transnationalism, Borderlands, and History; History 222: Global Sexualities: A Seminar on Queering Historiographies; History 280B: Grant Writing and Academic Conferencing; History 280C: The Academic Job Market
  • Advisees, Grad Students, Researchers Erik Bernardino

Summary of Expertise

North American Borderlands (Canada-U.S.-Mexico)

Immigration--Mexican, Asian

Gender and Sexuality 

Race and Nationalism

Chinese in Mexico

Research Interests

North American border-making processes
Chinese in the Americas
Sexuality and Morals Policing
Diasporas and Transnationalism

Biography, Education and Training



Grace Peña Delgado is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include immigration, North American borders, race, and the policing of sexuality and morality. She is the author of Making the Chinese Mexican: Global Migration, Localism, and Exclusion in the US-Mexico Borderlands (Stanford: 2012), distinguished as a CHOICE Academic Title, and a forthcoming work on early immigration control at the Canada-US-Mexico borders, States Against Sex: White Slavery and Immigrant Policing in the Making of America's Borders.  Delgado is also co-author of Latino Immigrants in the United States (Polity: 2011). Professor Delgado has also published numerous articles in the Journal of Social History, Journal of American History, and Western Historical Quarterly, where her piece, “Border Control and Sexual Policing” received numerous best article awards. Delgado participates on the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (UK) Project on Trafficking, Smuggling and Illicit Migration in Historical and Gendered Perspective at Cambridge University and also collaborates with Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition working group on Modern Day Slavery. In addition to her research, Delgado has received an Excellence in Teaching Award from UCSC’s Academic Senate and is lead faculty UCSC’s Dissertation Proposal Development Program with the Mellon-SSRC Foundation. Delgado received her Ph.D. from UCLA in American History.


Honors, Awards and Grants

UCSC, Academic Senate, recipient, Excellence in Teaching Award

Making the Chinese Mexican: Global Migration, Exclusion, and Localism in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (Stanford University Press: 2012) was distinguished as a CHOICE Academic Title.

"Border Control and Sexual Policing: White Slavery and Prostitution along the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1903-1910," Western Historical Quarterly (Summer 2012): 157-178, has won four awards for outstanding scholarly article:

Oscar O. Winther Award (2012) -- best article published in the Western Historical Quarterly in that year
Judith Lee Ridge Award (2012) -- best article in history published by a member of the Western Association of Women Historians
Jensen-Miller Award (2013) -- best article in the field of women and gender in the North American West
Bolton-Cutter Award (2013) -- best article on Spanish Borderlands history


Selected Publications

Teaching Interests

U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
Chicano/a History
Latino American History
Asian and Latino Immigration