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Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies

Faculty - David Badillo

David Badillo E-mail Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-7109
Office: Carman Hall, Room 290 
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., Univ. of California at Berkeley; Ph.D., City Univ. of New York.

Areas of Teaching Expertise

  • U.S. Latino History; Urban and Migration Studies; Latin American and World History


  • Ph.D., History, Graduate Center of the City University of New York (1988); B.A., History, University of California, Berkeley (1980)



  • A History of Latino Jurisprudence and Civil Rights Advocacy (in progress)
  • Latinos and the New Immigrant Church­ (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006)
  • Latinos in Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2003)

Journal Articles

  • “Shaping Twenty-First-Century Civil Rights Advocacy: Latinos in Metro Atlanta,” Norteamérica: Revista Académica del CISAN/UNAM 8 (2013): 119-139.
  • “An Urban Historical Portrait of Mexican Migration to New York City,” New York History: Quarterly Journal of the New York State Historical Association90 (Winter/Spring 2009): 107-124. 
  • “New Immigrants in the Bronx: Redefining a Cityscape,” The Bronx County Historical Society Journal 44 (Spring/Fall 2007): 19-37.
  • “Titi Yeya’s Memories: A Matriarch of the Puerto Rican Migration,”Research in Urban Sociology 7 (Fall 2004): 137-58.
  • “Mexicanos and Suburban Parish Communities: Religion, Space, and Identity in Contemporary Chicago,” Journal of Urban History 31 (November 2004): 23-46.
  • “Catholicism and the Search for Nationhood in Miami’s Cuban Community,”U.S. Catholic Historian 20 (Fall 2002): 75-90.
  • “Religion and Transnational Migration in Chicago: The Case of thePotosinos,” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 94 (Winter 2001): 420-40. 
  • “Between Alienation and Ethnicity: Church Structures and Mexican-American Catholicism in San Antonio, 1910-1940,” Journal of American Ethnic History 16 (September 1997): 62-83.
  • “Catolicismo mexicano y la transnacionalización en Chicago antes de 1940: institución y proceso,” Relaciones: estudios de historia y sociedad (Colegio de Michoacán, Zamora, Mexico) 17 (Winter/Spring 1996): 23-42.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • “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, 1808-1946 (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).
  • “MALDEF and the Evolution of Latino Civil Rights,” Border and Inter-American 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 Cardenas, 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 Hull-House Kilns, Chicago, 1920-1940 (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 FernandoAlanís, ed., Emigración de potosinos a Estados Unidos. Pasado y presente (San Luis Potosí, Mexico: Editorial San Luis, 2001).
  • “The Catholic Church and the Making of Mexican-American Parish Communities in the Midwest,” in Jay P. Dolan and Gilberto M. Hinojosa, eds., Mexican Americans and the Catholic Church 1900-1965 (University of Notre Dame Press, 1997, 1994).
  • “Latino/Hispanic History Since 1965: The Collective Transformation of Regional Minorities,” in Jay P. Dolan and Allan Figueroa Deck, eds.,Hispanic Catholic Culture in the U.S.: Issues and Concerns (University of Notre Dame Press, 1997, 1994).

Guest Editor, Special Issue

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

Conference Proceedings Editor

  • Profiles of a Migration: The Mexican Diaspora in New York City (Bronx Institute, Lehman College, 2009)

Encyclopedia Articles

“Mexican Americans,” in David R. Goldfield, ed., Encyclopedia of American Urban History (Sage Publications, 2007); “Latino Religion,” in Richard Sisson, Christian Zacher, and Andrew Cayton, eds., The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia (Indiana University Press, 2007); “Aurelia Rivera,” in Virginia Sanchez Korrol and Vicki Ruiz, eds., Latinas in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia (Indiana University Press, 2006); “Humboldt Park Community Study,” in James R. Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating, and Janice L. Rieff, eds., Encyclopedia of Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2004).

Book Reviews

Reviews have appeared in Political Science QuarterlyJournal of American History (3)Revista Camino RealNew West Indian GuideThe Americas;Teachers College Record (2)H-NetJournal of Urban HistoryTexas Books in Review; Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society; Catholic Historical Review; Centro Journal; Journal of American Ethnic History; Western Historical Quarterly.