Chicana-Chicano Studies

Melisa Galvan

Full-Time Faculty
Office location:
JR 143E


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

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

Dr. Galván is a historian of Mexico 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.  Her current project embraces new 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.  She is in the process of preparing a book manuscript, From Contraband Capital to Border City: Matamoros, 1746-1848, based on archival research in archival repositories throughout México and the United States.  Dr. Galván is the recipient of 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.