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Natalie Mendoza is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and project lead for the History Teaching & Learning Project (HTLP) at CU-Boulder, a pedagogy project focused on re-thinking undergraduate curriculum. Prior to earning her PhD in US history at UC Berkeley, Natalie taught high school history in Northern California. At Berkeley she wrote her dissertation on the impact of the Good Neighbor Policy and WWII on the relationship between the federal government and Mexican Americans in the US Southwest. Natalie’s research interests include: Mexican American and Chicana/o history, US Latina/o history, the history of education, US civil rights history, and the history of race and racism in the US. In addition to studying the past, Natalie's research includes history and the practice of pedagogy at multiple levels. She has co-organized two international teaching history conferences to support teachers and professors across the K-16 continuum. At the graduate level Natalie designed a course that aims to prepare doctoral students for the teaching responsibilities they will assume as faculty at all institutions of higher education and elsewhere by encouraging them to view their roles as teacher and researcher as equally important to what it means to be a historian. Natalie was recently invited by the American Historical Association (AHA) to be on a panel to discuss the role of pedagogy at the summer faculty institute for the Career Diversity initiative, the AHA's latest effort at preparing history doctoral students for a range of careers within and outside the professoriate.
At the college level, Natalie has taught courses on: Latinas/os 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. In the spring of 2018, Natalie will teach a course on Mexican American history since 1848.