Jorge Ramirez-Lopez

Society of Fellows

Jorge Ramírez-López is a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows and the Department of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (LALACS). He is an interdisciplinary historian with an emphasis on social movements, race and indigeneity, labor, and migration between the United States and Mexico. His work is situated within the fields of Chicanx/Latinx history, Native American and Indigenous Studies, the American West, and Immigration Studies. He is currently working on a book manuscript examining the lives of Indigenous migrants from southern Mexico in the late twentieth century. He argues that we cannot understand the history of racial capitalism and labor in the American West, specifically the post-1968 period, without understanding the Indigenous people from Oaxaca, who were a significant workforce at this moment, and the transnational forces that recruited them. Inspired by his training in the Black Radical Tradition and the everyday efforts of Indigenous people from Oaxaca, the book illuminates how Indigenous migrants transformed their world in the regions of what became the US/Mexican Pacific Coast through their communal efforts. His book builds from his dissertation, which received the 2022 W. Turrentine Jackson Dissertation Award from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (AHA), the 2022 Latinx Studies Section Dissertation Award from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and an honorable mention for the LASA/Oxfam America 2022 Martin Dissertation Award.

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  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., University of California, San Diego
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

Selected Publications

  • "Indigenous Migrant Farmworkers, Race, and Resistance in the US/Mexico Borderlands."(Article Under Review)

    What Indigenous Oaxacan Migration Can Teach Us About Chicanx/Latinx History and SocialMovements." (In-Progress)

    "Epilogue: Indigenous Mexican Migrants and Social Movements," in Seth Holmes, Fresh Fruit,Broken Bodies (Revised Edition): Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (University of California Press, 2023). Co-authored with Seth Holmes. (In-Progress)

    "Indigenous Harvest in Oaxacalifornia," co-authored with Xóchitl Flores-Marcial in CarissaGarcia and Yenedit Mendez, eds, Boom Oaxaca: Conversaciones de Campo a Campo (The Press at California State University Fresno, 2022).

    Review of An Anthropology of Marxism (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) by Cedric J.Robinson, The National Review of Black Politics 1, No. 1 (January 2020): 165-167.

    Review of The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas (Harvard University Press, 2018) by Monica M. Martinez, Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies 6, No. 2 (Fall 2019): 298-303.

    "Archives of Indigenous Self-Activity: Capitalism, Violence, and Indigeneity in the Americas," in Radical History Review, Special Issue on Militarism and Capitalism 133 (January 2019): 149-162.

    "In Memoriam: Cedric Robinson, Modest Audacity, and the Black Radical Tradition," co-authored with Jonathan D. Gomez and Ismael F. Illescas, in Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies 3, No. 2 (Fall 2016): 288-297.


Selected Works & Activities

Dissertation: "Indigenous Worldmaking in a World of Crisis: Race and the Making of the Migrant Circuit between Southern Mexico and the US/Mexican Pacific Coast, 1968-1994"