L. Stephen Velasquez

L. Stephen Velasquez

Associate Curator

M.A., George Washington University, 1997 B.A., University of Missouri, Columbia, 1994

Research Specialties: 
  • Latino history
  • Latino identity
  • Immigration/migration
  • Spanish American history

Current Projects:


  • Latino/Hispanic Collections
  • Bracero History Project
  • Mexican Revolution

Past Projects:

  • What’s Cooking, Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian exhibition
  • AZUCAR!: The Life of Celia Cruz exhibition
  • Puerto Rico: A Collectors Vision/Puerto Rico La Vision de un Collector exhibition
  • Mexican Treasures at the Smithsonian 
  • Producing for the American Table
  • Bittersweet Harvest:The Bracero Program 1942-1964

Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 

Smithsonian Minority Graduate Fellowship, June 1996–Aug. 1996, National Museum of Natural History


"Documenting and Preserving the History of the Bracero Program" in The Federalist Newsletter, No. 22 (Summer 2009)
"The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Creating Space for Latinos at the National Museum of American History," in Public Historian Vol. 23, No. 4, Fall 2001.