Douglas Monroy

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Professor of History: 1994-
First year at Colorado College: 1978
Education: Director of the Hulbert Center, 1993-1999. B.A., UCLA, 1971; M.A., UCLA, 1972; Ph.D., UCLA, 1978.

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BOOKS (Click here for a link to all my books on

Thrown among Strangers:  The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California (University of California Press, 1990, paperback 1993)

Rebirth:  Mexican Los Angeles from the Great Migration to the Great Depression (University of California Press, 1999)

The Borders Within: Encounters Between Mexico and the U.S. (University of Arizona Press, 1998))


 "Fence Cutters, Sediciosos, and First-Class Citizens:  Mexican Radicalism in America," in Dan Georgakas and Paul Buhle eds., The Immigrant Left in the United States (SUNY Press, 1996)
"Creation and Re-creation of Californio Society," in Ramon Gutiérrez and Richard J. Orsi, eds., Contested Eden:  California Before the Gold Rush (California Historical Society and the University of California Press, 1997)

 "Making Mexico in Los Angeles," in William Deverell and Tom Sinton, eds., Los Angeles in the 1920s:  The Growth of the Metropolis (University of California Press, 2001)

"Ramona, I Love You," California History, Dec. 2002 


 "Fabled Dons of Rancho California: Restoring the Faded Legacy," for the Regional History Project of the California Central Coast.  Five lectures at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, the Maritime Museum of Monterey, the Watsonville Public Library, and California State University Monterey Bay, March 10-12, 1999

"After the Days of Cows, Fiestas, and Honorable Caballeros: Forging the Californio Legacy" to Museum of History and Art, Ontario, California, May 5, 1999

“The Missions Live: Indians, Priests, Devotion, and Reconciliation.@ Keynote address to California Mission Studies Association, Monterey, California, February 16, 2001

“Matters of Race in 19th Century California: Spaniards, Californios, and Americans Encounter the Indians,@ to US History Field, UCLA, February 23, 2001

“Interacting Across Communities: Understanding the Work of Historians and Sociologists,” video panelist for area public schools, sponsored by the Center for Teaching Social Justice and the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCSB, February 6, 2002

“Lands of Promise and Despair: Spanish and Mexican California before the Gold Rush,” University of Santa Clara, February 27, 2002

“Imagining Ourselves Anew: Mexicans and Americans since the Days of Art Pettit,” Arthur G. Pettit Memorial Lecture, The Colorado College, March 5, 2002

“Old Shoes for New Races,” Latino Youth Conference, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Oct. 19, 2002

“Revisioning Ourselves Anew:  Mexicans, Americans, and the New World Border,” Lewis University (Chicago), October 29, 2002

 Doug Monroy teaches history of the Southwest and 20th century United States history at Colorado College.