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Moving Beyond Borders

Julian Samora and the Establishment of Latino Studies

The lifework of a pioneering scholar and leader in Latino studies

Moving Beyond Borders examines the life and accomplishments of Julian Samora, the first Mexican American sociologist in the United States and the founding father of the discipline of Latino studies. Detailing his distinguished career at the University of Notre Dame from 1959 to 1984, the book documents the history of the Mexican American Graduate Studies program that Samora established at Notre Dame and traces his influence on the evolution of border studies, Chicano studies, and Mexican American studies.

Samora's groundbreaking ideas opened the way for Latinos to understand and study themselves intellectually and politically, to analyze the complex relationships between Mexicans and Mexican Americans, to study Mexican immigration, and to ready the United States for the reality of Latinos as the fastest growing minority in the nation. In addition to his scholarly and pedagogical impact, his leadership in the struggle for civil rights was a testament to the power of community action and perseverance. Focusing on Samora's teaching, mentoring, research, and institution-building strategies, Moving Beyond Borders explores the legacies, challenges, and future of ethnic studies in United States higher education.

Contributors are Teresita E. Aguilar, Jorge A. Bustamante, Gilberto Cárdenas, Miguel A. Carranza, Frank M. Castillo, Anthony J. Cortese, Lydia Espinosa Crafton, Barbara Driscoll de Alvarado, Herman Gallegos, Phillip Gallegos, José R. Hinojosa, Delfina Landeros, Paul López, Sergio X. Madrigal, Ken Martínez, Vilma Martínez, Alberto Mata, Amelia M. Muñoz, Richard A. Navarro, Jesus "Chuy" Negrete, Alberto López Pulido, Julie Leininger Pycior, Olga Villa Parra, Ricardo Parra, Victor Rios, Marcos Ronquillo, Rene Rosenbaum, Carmen Samora, Rudy Sandoval, Alfredo Rodriguez Santos, and Ciro Sepulveda.


"Succeeds mightily in giving Julian Samora his well-deserved recognition as a major figure in the building and sustenance of an important dimension of inclusion in higher education."--Journal of American Ethnic History

"Julian Samora gave his life and work to a better and more complete understanding of the Chicano/Latino experience. This text is a wonderful and valuable introduction to the man and scholar."--Mario Garcia, author of Memories of Chicano History: The Life and Narrative of Bert Corona

"This outstanding book provides marvelous insight not only into the life of a remarkable man but into the era that he helped to shape. I literally could not put the book down."--David T. Abalos, author of Latinos in the United States: The Sacred and the Political


Alberto López Pulido is director and professor of ethnic studies at the University of San Diego and the author of Sacred World of the Penitentes. Barbara Driscoll de Alvarado teaches humanities at Anna Maria College and is the author of The Tracks North: The Railroad Bracero Program of World War II. Carmen Samora teaches American and Chicana/o studies at the University of New Mexico and directs the Julian Samora Legacy Project.

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