Stephen Pitti, Professor of History, American Studies, and of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

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Director, Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration

Stephen Pitti is Professor of the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program; Professor of American Studies and History; Master of Ezra Stiles College; and the author of The Devil in Silicon Valley: Race, Mexican Americans, and Northern California (Princeton, 2003). He is currently writing The World of César Chávez (Yale University Press); Leaving California: Race from the Golden State; and a textbook on Latina/o history (co-authored with Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof). The faculty chair of the Mellon-Mays and Bouchet Programs in Yale College, he received the first Liza Cariaga-Lo Award for advancing diversity in the Yale Graduate School. After graduating from Yale College, he earned his PhD from Stanford University, held a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, and won a President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California at San Diego. In 2007 he gave testimony to the U.S. Congress in favor of immigration reform, and in 2011 he was one of three Mexican American historians nationwide invited to participate in a White House Forum on American Latino Heritage. The only Professor of Mexican American history in the Ivy League, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Latino Studies, Ethnic Studies, California History, Mexican immigration, and other subjects.