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Carlos Parra - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Carlos Parra Carlos Parra

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies | Loyola Marymount University






Kikito, 2017 artwork by artist JR, Tecate, Baja California, MX loading image Constructing the border wall in Nogales, AZ and Heroica Nogales, Sonora, Mexico (May 2010) loading image




Carlos Francisco Parra earned his doctoral degree in history from the University of Southern California where he researched Latino cultural formation in metropolitan Los Angeles and throughout the U.S.-Mexican borderlands. Prior to his studies in the heart of Latina/o/x Los Angeles, Parra earned his B.A. in Secondary Education with a specialization in History and Bicultural/Bilingual Education at the University of Arizona and an M.A. in History at the University of New Mexico. In addition to serving as a Ronald McNair Scholar at the University of Arizona, Parra has also served as a fellow in the Smithsonian Institution’s Latino Museum Studies Program (2017) and a Graduate Student Research Fellow at the National Museum of American History (2018).

Parra’s published research covers topics ranging from the origins of the first U.S.-Mexican border fences in Southern Arizona, the cultural assimilation of ethnic Mexican students in the early New Mexico public school system and is currently researching the cultural history of Spanish-language television in greater Latino Los Angeles. While Spanish-language TV was not born in Southern California, the success of Univision KMEX Channel 34 and Telemundo KVEA Channel 52 in metropolitan L.A. (with its sizeable ethnic Mexican population) propelled the transnational industry’s expansion into other Latino markets in New York, Miami, Chicago, and throughout the United States. As some of the most consumed media outlets in the U.S., Univision and Telemundo played key roles in shaping the cultural formation of Latinos in the second half of the twentieth century.

Education (4)

University of Southern California: Ph.D., History 2021

University of Southern California: M.A., History 2016

University of New Mexico: M.A., History 2013

University of Arizona: B.A., Secondary Education with an Emphasis in History 2009

Areas of Expertise (7)

Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x History

Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

Modern Mexico (post-1821)

U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Migration History

Cultural History

U.S. Southwest

Accomplishments (4)

C. L. Sonnichsen Award, Arizona Historical Society (professional)


Erasmus Circle Scholars Award, University of Arizona College of Education (professional)

2008 - 2009

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Award (professional)

2008 - 2009

UA Hispanic Alumni Scholarship Award (professional)

2006 - 2009

Affiliations (2)

  • Member : Organization of American Historians, 2020 - Present
  • Member : Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association 2017 - Present

Languages (2)

  • Spanish
  • Mandarin Chinese (conversational)

Articles (2)

Lessons in Americanization: Educational Attainment and Internal Colonialism in Albuquerque Public Schools, 1879–1942

New Mexico Historical Review

Carlos Parra

Vol. 91, no. 2., 2016

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Valientes Nogalenses: The 1918 Battle Between the U.S. and Mexico That Transformed Ambos Nogales

Journal of Arizona History

Carlos Parra

Vol. 51, no. 1., 2010

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