Professor Gómez Named Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians

May 08, 2012 – UCLA School of Law Professor Laura E. Gómez has been appointed by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) to the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program for 2012-13. As part of the program, she will present a lecture on behalf of OAH at least once each academic year for three years.

Professor Gómez, who rejoined the UCLA Law faculty in 2011, teaches in the areas of race and the law, law and society, constitutional law, civil procedure and criminal law. She served as professor of law and American studies at the University of New Mexico from 2005-10. Before joining the UNM faculty, she spent 12 years as professor of law at UCLA Law (where she also was appointed in the Sociology Department). She was a co-founder and the first co-director (with Professor Jerry Kang) of UCLA’s Critical Race Studies Program.

She has lectured widely and has published numerous articles, book chapters and op-ed commentaries, as well as two books. Her scholarship has focused on the intersection of law, politics and social stratification in both contemporary and historical contexts. In her 2007 book, Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race, Professor Gómez examines how law and racial ideology intersected to create new racial groups and to re-structure the turn-of-the-twentieth century racial order in the U.S. In several new projects with sociologist Nancy López, she explores the legacy of that racial order for the contemporary study of “race” by scholars in the social, biological and health sciences.

OAH is the largest professional society devoted to the study of American history. The more than 400 participating historians in the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, who are appointed by the OAH president-elect, have made major contributions to this popular field.

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