Daniel Morales

Daniel Morales, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

813 S. Cathedral Place, room 104

Curriculum vitae

Public History

latinx history


race and ethnicity

transnational history



southwestern borderlands


  • Ph.D. History, Columbia University 2016
  • M. Phil. History, Columbia University 2012
  • M.A. History, Columbia University 2011
  • B.A. History, University of Chicago 2008

Research Interests

Daniel Morales is an assistant professor of history specializing in public history, Latinx history, immigration, and United States history. He grew up in Azusa California, his family is from Mexico. He was previously an assistant professor at James Madison University and a post-doctoral scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His research focuses on the social and economic history of migration between Latin America and the United States. His upcoming book examines the construction of transnational migration across Mexico and the United States. When teaching issues of politics and nation, race and ethnicity, he emphasizes the importance of critical thinking and seeking understanding of difficult sociopolitical issues in our time.

Select Publications

  • "Entre Aquí y Allá: The Political Economy of Transnational Mexican Migration 1900-1942," (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2023) 
  • “Tejas, Afuera de México: Newspapers, the Mexican Government, Mutualistas, and Migrants in San Antonio 1910–1940” Journal of American Ethnic History, 2021
  • “Hicks Camp: A Mexican Barrio” in East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte, editors Guzman, Fragoza, Cummings, (Rutgers University Press, 2020)
  • “Operation Wetback” in 50 Events That Shaped Latino History, editor Lilia Fernández (CLIO, 2018)
  • “Imaginary Dangers, Real Victims” Co-Author, Tropics of Meta, 2017


  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • National Council on Public History
  • Immigration and Ethnic History Society
  • Western Historical Association
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies
  • Sin Barreras


  • Graduate, Public History: Theory and Practice
  • Graduate, Digital History
  • Immigration to the United States
  • Latinos in the United States


  • Career Enhancement Fellowship, Institute of Citizens and Scholars (formerly-Woodrow Wilson Foundation) 2021-2022
  • Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2016-17

Public History Projects