L. Stephen Velasquez

L. Stephen Velasquez


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

Research Specialties: 
  • Latino/a history and culture
  • Immigration and migration history
  • early Spanish in the Americas
  • Food studies, foodways, food labor

Current Projects:

Many Voices, One Nation

FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950 -2000     

Past Projects:

  • Mexican Revolution, American Legacy
  • Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942 – 1964
  • Producing for the American Table, co-curator, 2008-2010
  • Mexican Treasures of the Smithsonian, contributing curator with Smithsonian Latino Center
  • AZÚCAR!: The Life of Celia Cruz, collections manager
  • What’s Cooking, Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian,
  • A Collector’s Vision of Puerto Rico; Puerto Rico La Vision de un Colelctor
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.