Ph.D. candidate in history, Columbia University
Residency: September 2015 – May 2016
Research Project: Transnational Citizens: Mexican Migrant Families and Youth, 1920s to 1940s
Research Interests: Mexican migration, transnationalism, citizenship, popular culture,family and public history and archives
Romeo Guzman is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Columbia University. His research project examines how migrant families used formal politics to practice U.S. and Mexican citizenship. Guzman has conducted more than 16 months of archival research in Mexico and the U.S., presenting it in France, Mexico and the U.S. In addition, he has been published in the Latin America Dispatch, Letras Libres, Nuestra Aparente Rendicion, the Mid-Valley News, Tropics of Meta, UC Press’s Boom Magazine and KCET. Forthcoming is his academic journal article “The Transnational Life and Letters of the Venegas Family, 1928 to 1954” and his entry on Tin Tan for the encyclopedic volume, Icons of Mexico, (edited by Eric Zolov).
Guzman also co-directs South El Monte Arts Posse’s public history project “East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in South El Monte and El Monte,” which received funding from Los Angeles City Department of Cultural Affairs, National Performance Network and Columbia University’s History in Action Project Awards. As part of this project, Guzman edits the KCET column “East of East.”