Ana Raquel Minian is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Department of History and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE). Her latest book, Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration, explores the late-twentieth-century history of Mexican undocumented migration to the United States, the growth of migrant communities, and bi-national efforts to regulate the border.
Interviews with Ana Minian
Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race
by Matthew Frye Jacobson
Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America
by Mae M. Ngai
Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America
by Eiichiro Azuma
Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Ethnicity
by David G. Gutiérrez
Havana USA: Cuban Exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida, 1959-1994
by María Cristina García
How did the concept of United States immigration being a ‘melting pot’ of diverse nationalities come to be? In this interview, Stanford historian Ana Raquel Minian explores America’s complex, highly racialized history of immigration and recommends five of the books on the subject that have most influenced her.