Mireya Loza

Mireya Loza


Ph.D. American Studies, Brown University, 2011
M.A. Public Humanities, Brown University, 2006
M.A. Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 2003
B.A. Anthropology and Latina/o Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001

Research Specialties: 

I specialize in Labor History, Social Movements, Civil Rights, and Migration. My first book project examines the largest guest worker program in American history, the Bracero Program (1942-1964).

Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 

My book Defiant Braceros won the Immigration and Ethnic History Society's Theodore Saloutos Book Award.  In addition my research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, University of Illinois, Historical Society of Southern California, Mexico-North Research Network, and Brown University.

Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Studies Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Historical Association
  • Oral History Association

Blog Posts


“The Japanese Agricultural Workers’ Program: Race, Labor, and Cold War Diplomacy in the Fields, 1956-1965.”
Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom. University of North Carolina Press,
From Ephemeral to Enduring:The Politics of Recording and Exhibiting Bracero Memory
Unionizing the Impossible: Ernesto Galarza and Alianza de Braceros Confront PL78