Just in time for the Latina/o Studies Conference in D.C. this week, the University of Illinois Press is excited to announce that Omar Valerio-Jiménez, and Sujey Vega will be joining Frances R. Aparicio as series editors of the Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest series. Senior Acquisitions Editor, Dawn Durante is the acquiring editor.

The Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest series documents the histories, challenges, and contributions of Latinos to Chicago and the Midwest. It promotes an understanding of regional and historical differences in Latino communities and of the ways in which Latinos in Chicago and throughout the Midwest construct their own sense of Latinidad and cultural difference. It offers new conceptual frameworks for the study of interlatino dynamics in this understudied region as well as comparative studies with other regions in the United States and in transnational relations with Latin America.

Omar Valerio-Jiménez is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the author of River of Hope: Forging Identity and Nation in the Rio Grande Borderlands and coeditor of The Latina/o Midwest Reader (University of Illinois Press, 2017).

Sujey Vega is an associate professor of women and gender studies and affiliate faculty member in the School of Transborder and religious studies at Arizona State University. She is the author of Latino Heartland: Of Borders and Belonging in the Midwest.

We’re thrilled that they’re joining the team and look forward to the ways they will continue to build the series.

If you’re attending LSA this week, stop by the University of Illinois Press Booth on July 13 at 5pm and help us celebrate this remarkable series!

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