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Natalie Mendoza is an assistant professor of United States history who specializes in Mexican American and Chicanx history, US Latinx history, US civil rights history, and the history of race and racism in the US. In addition to studying the past, Natalie has an active research agenda in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History (SoTL), a body of literature that uses theoretical and evidence-based research to examine the discipline-specific problems in the teaching and learning of history. Natalie first came to CU-Boulder as the project lead for the History Teaching & Learning Project (2017-2019), in which she relied upon her training as a historian and her expertise in SoTL to direct a department-wide effort to improve undergraduate curriculum.
Natalie’s current book project, Good Neighbor at Home: Mexican American Identity and Civil Rights during World War II, examines the impact of geopolitics and war on intellectual thought, identity formation, and civil rights activism within the Mexican American population in the pre-Chicano period. She is currently completing revisions on an article, “The Good Neighbor in the American Historical Imagination: Boltonians, Mexican Americans, and the Creation of a Common American Heritage,” set to be published in the Western Historical Quarterly. Natalie will be on leave in the 2019-2020 academic year to take residence as the David J. Weber Fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies in Dallas, Texas, where she will spend the year completing her book manuscript.
Natalie has also done extensive work to improve history education at multiple levels. She has consulted for K-12 social studies teachers in both California and Colorado, taught a pedagogy course and facilitated workshops for graduate students at UC Berkeley and CU-Boulder, helped found the Teaching History Conference to support teachers and professors across the K-16 continuum, and served on an ad hoc committee for the American Historical Association tasked with drafting a statement on the value of SoTL in History to the discipline. Natalie currently serves as a regional officer for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History, and as an advisory board member for #PlainTalkHistory, a website resource for critical history lessons for a multiracial democracy.
Prior to earning her PhD, Natalie taught high school history in Northern California. At the college level, Natalie has taught courses on: Mexican American History since 1848, Latinos/as in the US since 1848, US Social History since 1865, and US History since World War II. She has also taught a history thesis course with a thematic focus on writing about race and ethnicity in the US.