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Global Lunchbox: Geraldo Cadava Discusses his Book The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump

When: Friday, February 12, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Cindy Pingry  


Co-Sponsor: The Latina and Latino Studies Program

Category: Global & Civic Engagement, Academic, Lectures & Meetings, Multicultural & Diversity


Please join us for the Global Lunchbox series, a weekly conversational forum hosted by the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies featuring work-in-progress by members of the Northwestern community.

Our guest this week, historian Geraldo Cadava, will discuss his new book The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump.

About the book

In the lead-up to every election cycle, pundits predict that Latino Americans will overwhelmingly vote in favor of the Democratic candidate. And it’s true—Latino voters do tilt Democratic. Hillary Clinton won the Latino vote in a “landslide,” Barack Obama “crushed” Mitt Romney among Latino voters in his reelection, and, four years earlier, the Democratic ticket beat the McCain-Palin ticket by a margin of more than two to one. But those numbers belie a more complicated picture. Because of decades of investment and political courtship, as well as a nuanced and varied cultural identity, the Republican party has had a much longer and stronger bond with Hispanics. How is this possible for a party so associated with draconian immigration and racial policies?

In The Hispanic Republican, historian and political commentator Geraldo Cadava illuminates the history of the millions of Hispanic Republicans who, since the 1960s, have had a significant impact on national politics. Intertwining the little understood history of Hispanic Americans with a cultural study of how post–World War II Republican politicians actively courted the Hispanic vote during the Cold War (especially Cuban émigrés) and during periods of major strife in Central America (especially during Iran-Contra), Cadava offers insight into the complicated dynamic between Latino liberalism and conservatism, which, when studied together, shine a crucial light on a rapidly changing demographic that will impact American elections for years to come.

About the speaker

Geraldo Cadava is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Latina & Latino Studies Program at Northwestern. A historian of the United States and Latin America, he focuses on Latinos in the United States and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. His first book, Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard University Press, 2013), was about the Arizona-Sonora borderland since World War II. It won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award, given annually by the Organization of American Historians. Cadava teaches courses on Latinx History, the American West, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, migration to and from Latin America, and other topics in U.S. History, including Watergate, the 2016 election, and the musical Hamilton.

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