Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies

Faculty: David Badillo

E-mail Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-6923
Office: Carman Hall, Room 280
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., Univ. of California at Berkeley; Ph.D., City Univ. of New York.


David A. Badillo, Associate Professor in Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies, writes on U.S. Latino history; his teaching interests also include Mexican migration, Puerto Rican history, and Caribbean music. He has published Latinos and the New Immigrant Church (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) as well as over than fifteen journal articles and chapters in edited volumes on themes encompassing religion, urbanization, and civil rights. During the Spring 2012 semester he will present three conference papers on his current book project, “In the Shadow of the Courts,” which focuses on legal advocacy and landmark court cases dealing with Mexican-American education, voting, immigration, and alienage. The venues are “Siglo XXI: Forging the Future of Latinos in a Time of Crisis,” a biennial conference event sponsored by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR)—in New York City, February 23-25; a symposium of the Commission for the Study of the History of the Church in Latin America (CEHILA, USA)—at the University of Notre Dame in late April; and the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association (LSA)—early June in Honolulu, Hawaii. Later that month, as a visiting faculty member of the Hispanic Summer Program, he will teach a graduate course at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Santurce, Puerto Rico.

Select Publications (since 2000)


  • Latinos and the New Immigrant Church­ (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006)
  • Latinos in Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2003)

Conference Proceedings Volume

  • Profiles of a Migration: The Mexican Diaspora in New York City (New York: Bronx Institute of Lehman College, 2009) [Editor, with Herminio Martínez]

Guest Editor, Journal Special Issue

  • “Mexican Immigrants in Illinois History: Across Generations and Borders,” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 98 (Autumn 2005): 117­209.­2005autumn/ishs­2005autumn.html

Journal Articles

  • “An Urban Historical Portrait of Mexican Migration to New York City,” New York History: Quarterly Journal of the New York State Historical Association 90 (Winter/Spring
    2009): 107­124.
  • “New Immigrants in the Bronx: Redefining a Cityscape,” The Bronx County Historical Society Journal 44 (Spring/Fall 2007): 19­37.
  • “Titi Yeya’s Memories: A Matriarch of the Puerto Rican Migration,” Research in Urban Sociology 7 (Fall 2004): 137­58.
  • “Mexicanos and Suburban Parish Communities: Religion, Space, and Identity in Contemporary Chicago,” Journal of Urban History 31 (November 2004): 23­46.
  • “Catholicism and the Search for Nationhood in Miami’s Cuban Community,” U.S. Catholic Historian 20 (Fall 2002): 75­90.
  • “Religion and Transnational Migration in Chicago: The Case of the Potosinos,” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 94 (Winter 2001): 420­40.­2001winter/ishs­2001winter420.pdf

Book Chapters/Research Reports

  • “Litigating Bilingual Education: A History of the Gomez Decision in Illinois,” in Rubén O. Martínez, ed., Latinos in the Midwest (Michigan State University Press, 2011).
  • “A New Mission: Cardinal Spellman and New York’s Puerto Ricans,” in Terry Golway, ed., Catholics in New York: Society, Culture, and Politics, 1808­1946 (Fordham University
  • Press, 2008).
  • “Mexican Immigrants in New York City: Toward Binationalism in Higher Education,” in Elsie Szecsy and Jorge Rodríguez, eds., Second Binational Symposium Resource Book (Arizona State University: Southwest Center for Educational Equity and Language Diversity, 2008). http://sts­
  • “MALDEF and the Evolution of Latino Civil Rights,” Border and Inter­American Affairs
  • Research Report, Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame (2005).
  • “From La Lucha to Latino: Ethnic Diversity and Political Identity in Chicago,” in Gilberto Cárdenas, ed., La Causa: Civil Rights and Struggles for Equality in the Midwest (Arte
    Público Press, 2004).
  • “Incorporating Reform and Religion: Americanization and Mexican Immigrants in Chicago,” in Cheryl R. Ganz and Margaret Strobel, eds., Pots of Promise: Mexicans, Reformers,
    and the Hull­House Kilns, Chicago, 1920­1940 (University of Illinois Press, 2004).
  • “Los inmigrantes mexicanos y el barrio de Hull House: integración de reforma y religión,” in Fernando Alanís, ed., La comunidad mexicana en Estados Unidos: Aspectos de su
    historia (El Colegio de San Luis Potosí, Mexico, 2004).
  • “Potosinos en Chicago: la religión y migración transnacional in el Norte,” in Fernando Alanís, ed., Emigración de potosinos a Estados Unidos. Pasado y presente (San Luis Potosí,
    Mexico: Editorial San Luis, 2001).

Recent book reviews

  • Badillo, D. A. (2012). [Review of the book The Tejano diaspora: Mexican Americans and ethnic politics in Texas and Wisconsin, by M. Rodriguez]. Revista Camino Real: Estudios de las Hispanidades, 6, 141-142.
  • Badillo, D. A. (2012). [Review of the book Report on the island and diocese of Puerto Rico (1647), by Diego de Torres y Vargas]. New West Indian Guide, 86(1&2), 152-154.
  • New West Indian Guide, Camino Real, Western Historical Quarterly, Catholic Historical Review, The Americas: Quarterly Review of Inter­American Cultural History, Journal of American History, and Teachers College Record.

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