Chicana-Chicano Studies

Melisa Galvan

Full-Time Faculty
Office location:
JR 143E


B.A., History, University of California, Berkeley, 2005, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Ph.D., History, University of California, Berkeley, 2013

Research and Teaching Interests:
Latin America, Mexico (esp. 19th century), Borderlands, Political Economy, Port Studies, Transnationalism, Chicano/Latino history

Dr. Galván is a historian of Mexico, with a specialization in the late colonial and early republican periods.  Her research interests lie in the history of Mexico's Northeastern borderlands, specifically the maritime and border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, and her work has been published in both the United States and Mexico.  Her research embraces interdisciplinary and transnational frameworks, and examines the ways in which the region's development had a much wider impact on national Mexican immigration, trade, and diplomatic policies than scholars have previously recognized.  Dr. Galván is the recipient of research fellowships from the University of California's Institute for Mexico and the U.S. (UC Mexus), the Fulbright Foundation (Fulbright-Hays DDRA), and the University of California Chancellor's Fund.

In addition to her work as a historian, she has published two research methods titles with Routledge -- Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Proposing Empirical Research: A Guide to the Fundamentals -- and is under contract for a third work to be released in late 2021.