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Celeste Menchaca - Texas Christian University. Fort Worth, TX, US

Celeste Menchaca Celeste Menchaca

Assistant Professor | Texas Christian University


Celeste Menchaca is an expert on how science, technology, and vision have created borders for modern nation-states.





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USC Graduate Fellowship Spotlight - Ford Foundation [USC Graduate] Celeste Menchaca



Celeste Menchaca is an Assistant Professor at the Texas Christian University. She is an expert on the relationship between science, technology, and vision that created borders for modern nation-states.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Border Creation



Ninteenth Century

U.S. -Mexico Borderlands

Science and Technology



Education (3)

University of Southern California: Ph.D., American Studies and Ethnicity 2016

University of California - San Diego: B.A., History and Ethnic Studies 2007

University of Southern California: M.A., American Studies and Ethnicity 2012

Affiliations (5)

  • Organization of American Historians
  • Western History Association
  • Western Association of Women Historians
  • American Studies Association
  • Pacific Coast Branch of the American History Association

Media Appearances (1)

Race, Gender and Violence on the Western Frontier

C-Span  online


A panel of historians discussed the ways white settlers, federal troops, and Native Americans interacted and challenges these groups faced on the Western Frontier. Topics included gender identity, examples of survivalist cannibalism, and immigration detention. To my right is Craig Smith from Virginia Commonwealth University. And Celeste Menchaca is from Texas Christian University...

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Event Appearances (2)

“The Southwest on Display: Natural History and Landscape Replicas in Nineteenth-Century Expositions"

Organization of American Historians - Regulating Circulation: Technologies of Control on the Borderlands/U.S.-Mexico Border  New Orleans, Louisiana

“Interrogation and Respectability at the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1908-1917

Law, Race, Honor across United States-Latin American Borders, 1848-1914, Law and Society Association  New Orleans, Louisiana

Research Grants (2)

Ford Dissertation Fellowship

The Ford Foundation 

2015 Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties. Administered by the Academies since 1979, these programs provide fellowship support at the predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral levels.

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Ford Predoctoral Fellowship

The Ford Foundation 

2010 Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

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Articles (4)

Policing Intimacy and Performing Respectability at the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1907–1917

Pacific Historical Review

2020 This article examines the dynamic interactions between Mexican women who sought to circumvent their sexual regulation at the U.S.-Mexico border, and U.S. immigration officials who enforced these regulations and policed these women's bodies in the early twentieth century. Using the transcripts of the board of special inquiry (BSI)—a panel that deliberated over the admission of excludable immigrants and oversaw accompanying interrogations—I contend that, while the BSI operated to encode corporeally Mexican female immigrants as sexually deviant, it simultaneously served as a stage for them to respond with their own performances of crossing.

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Borderland Visualities: Technologies of Sight and the Production of the Nineteenth-Century U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

ProQuest Dissertations Publishing

2016 Since the passage of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, the United States has fortified the U.S.-Mexico border with additional fencing, lighting, military gadgets, unmanned aerial vehicles, and state-of-the-art surveillance cameras. The technologies of sight—scientific, visual, and bureaucratic systems—that affix and inform the material and imagined production of the current U.S.-Mexico boundary line, however, have an extensive history, one that begins well before the creation of the Border Patrol in 1924.

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Deep Los Angeles A Roundtable on Histories of Los Angeles in the Twenty-First Century

California History

2016 During the first weekend of October 2015, the University of California at Los Angeles and the Huntington Library co-hosted a graduate student conference on the history of Los Angeles and Southern California. “Deep L.A.,” as it was titled, was a project over two years in the making, a collaborative effort between graduate scholars at the University of Southern California and UCLA. Ideas for a graduate symposium began out of discussions from “Studies in Urban History: Los Angeles,” a joint USC/UCLA graduate history course co-taught by Drs. William Deverell and Eric Avila.

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Crossing the Line: A History of Medical Inspection at the Border



In the early morning of January 28, 1917, domestic worker Carmelita Torres determined she had had enough and would not stand for the Mexican border quarantine campaign that was to be put into effect that same day. At 7:30 a.m., U.S. customs officials ordered Torres to disembark the trolley traveling across the Santa Fe International Bridge in El Paso, Texas.

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