Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz, associate professor in the Department of History, in the University of New Mexico College of Arts & Sciences, has been named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians.
The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, established in 1981, sends historians around the country to speak about their fields of study at colleges and universities, historical societies, museums, libraries and humanities councils. Sandoval-Strausz joins more than 400 scholars in the program, including UNM Distinguished Professor Virginia Scharff, who became an OAH Distinguished Lecturer in 2003.
Sandoval-Strausz joined the faculty at UNM 12 years ago after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He teaches courses in urban history, legal history, American landscapes, and historiography as well as both halves of the introductory history survey.
His first book, Hotel: An American History, was published by Yale University Press in 2007. It was awarded the 2008 American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch Book Prize and was named a Best Book of 2007 by Library Journal. The book was also reviewed or featured in the New York Times, The Economist, Bloomberg.com, New Mexico Business Weekly and National Public Radio.
Sandoval-Strausz's current book project, Latino Landscapes: A Transnational History of Urban America, reinterprets the history of U.S. cities in the decades since 1950. It challenges existing accounts, which cannot explain the current state of urban America because they remain bounded by the nation-state. Instead, Sandoval-Strausz proposes the need to focus on the way Latino citizens, residents and migrants have imported Latin American styles of housing, small business, and public space, and thereby revived numerous U.S. neighborhoods. His research also highlights the way these migrants have simultaneously used their earnings to improve urban infrastructure and services in their home communities.
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