David-James Gonzales is a native of Southern California. He began his collegiate studies at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, CA and completed his B.A. in History summa cum laude at the University of California, San Diego in 2011. In 2017, he completed the Ph.D. in History at the University of Southern California writing his dissertation on the Mexican American struggle against segregation in Orange County, CA from 1920 to 1950. During the 2017-2018 academic year, David-James was Preceptor in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, where he taught courses on Latina/o politics and Borderlands History in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. Additionally, David-James has lectured in the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on Latina/o/x Urbanism and urban social inequality.
David-James is also a producer and host of the scholarly book review podcast “New Books in Latino Studies,” part of the New Books Network, available on Apple podcasts, Stitcher, and on demand at: http://newbooksnetwork.com/category/peoples-places/latino-studies/.
Outside of academia, he has worked in mortgage finance and for-profit higher education. Alongside his wife Karla, David-James is the proud parent of four children.
Research InterestsDavid-James researches the seminal role of Latina/o communities and politics in the socio-spatial development of Southern California. He is particularly interested in the relationship between migration, urbanization, and civil rights. He is currently preparing a book manuscript on the effect of Latina/o civic engagement and politics on the metropolitan development of Orange County, CA throughout the 20th century.
Teaching InterestsU.S. 19th and 20th c., race and ethnicity, immigration, U.S.-Mexico borderlands, Latina/o/x culture, identity, and politics.
- Ph.D., History , University of Southern California (2017)
- M.A., History , University of Southern California (2014)
- B.A., History , University of California, San Diego (2011)
Honors and Awards
- FHSS Individual Research Grant, BYU FHSS College (2020 - 2023)
- Fellow with the Summer Institute on Tenure & Professional Development, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Duke University (2019 - 2021)
- Young Scholar, Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame (2019 - 2019)
- Latina/o Studies Association (2016 - Present)
- Urban History Association (2016 - Present)
- American Historical Association (2011 - Present)
- Organization of American Historians (2011 - Present)
- Western History Association (2011 - Present)