Romeo Guzman PictureRomeo Guzman

Assistant Professor

Office: Social Sciences 117


Office phone: 278-6622

PhD - Columbia University (2016)


Research/Teaching Interests:

20th century Mexico; Mexican migration; Chicano/a studies; Public History; Oral History

Select Publications:

“The transnational life and letters of the Venegas family, 1920s to 1950s,” The History of the Family, special issue on migrant correspondences, forthcoming Fall 2016,

“My Father’s Charreria, My Rodeo: A Paisa Journey,” Boom: A Journal of California Spring 2014, Vol 4, No. 1

“Tin Tan,” in Iconic Mexico: An Encyclopedia from Acapulco to Zócalo, ed. Eric Zolov (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, September 2015)

My essays on migration, popular culture, and public history have appeared in a range of outlets, including Tropics of Meta, Artbound, KCET Departures, and Letras Libres.

Public History:

I am the founder and co-director of South El Monte Arts Posse’s “East of East: Mapping Community in South El Monte and El Monte,” a multidisciplinary public history and archive project that seeks to build a reciprocal relationship among academics and community members and transform how underrepresented communities enter the historical record and experience history. In the last four years we have conducted oral histories, hosted talks, discussions, film screenings, bike tours, and written over thirty original essays about South El Monte and El Monte. In addition, we have worked with local educators to create new curriculum based on our archive and essays and collaborated with Mexicali Rose to paint a new mural inspired by the lost murals of South El Monte and El Monte. For more on my public history work please visit

Courses Offered:

California Studies
Regional History/Oral History
Introduction to Public History

Works in progress:

East of East: A New Suburban History [In preparation]. edt Romeo Guzmán, Carribean Fragoza, Ryan Reft, Alex Cummings. A methodologically innovative reader, East of East is a sort of WPA guide for the twenty-first century that blends public history and traditional scholarship, oral history and memoir, creative nonfiction and photography to provide a kaleidoscopic view of two Southern California cities. Our contributors include faculty, award winning novelist from the community, activists, journalists, and doctoral candidates. East of East was a finalist for Heyday and California History Society’s 2015 California Book Prize.