Pablo Mitchell


Prof. Pablo Mitchell.

Pablo Mitchell


Pablo Mitchell


Thomas B. Lockwood Professor of Latinx History


Latina/o History; US-Mexico Borderlands; US West; History of Sexuality


  • PhD University of Michigan, 2000
  • MA University of New Mexico 1995
  • BA Swarthmore College 1992

Current Research

Exploring through the use of yearbooks, university archives, and government documents the history of Latina/os in U.S. higher education at the turn of the twentieth century.

Selected Publications

Reclamation Projects: An Archive of Queer Latinidad,” Queer Pasts (digital history project), L. Arellano, M. Stein, eds. Alexander Street/ProQuest (2021) 

“Holding the Line: Mexicans and Heterosexuality in the Nineteenth-Century West,” with Zurisaday Gutiérrez Avila, Heterosexual Histories, R. Davis, M. Mitchell, eds.  New York University Press, 2021, pgs. 227-250.

Beyond the Borders of the Law: Critical Legal Histories of the North American West, Co-editor, (University Press of Kansas, 2018).

Understanding Latino History: Excavating the Past, Examining the Present (Greenwood, ABC/CLIO Press, 2017)

West of Sex: Making Mexican America, 1900-1930 (University of Chicago Press, 2012)

“Borderlands/La familia: Mexicans, Homes, and Colonialism in the Early Twentieth-Century Southwest,” On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American West.  D. Adams and C. DeLuzio, eds.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012, pgs. 185-206.

“Making the ‘International City’ Home: Puerto Ricans in Mid-Twentieth Century Lorain, Ohio,” with Haley Pollack.  Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latino America.  G. Pérez, A. Burgos, F. Guridy, eds.  New York: New York University Press, 2010, pgs. 149-167.

“Making Sex Matter: A History of Latina/o Sexualities, 1898-1965,” Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices and Policies.  M. Asencio, ed.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2010, pgs. 38-47.

“Bodies on Borders: African Americans, Penitentes, and Social Order in the Southwest,” Race, Religion, Region: Landscapes of Encounter in the American West, F. Botham, S. Patterson, eds.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2006, pgs. 89-100.

Coyote Nation: Sexuality, Race, and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 1880-1920 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005)

“‘You Just Don’t Know Mrs. Baca’: Intermarriage, Mixed Heritage, and Identity in New Mexico,” New Mexico Historical Review 79, no. 4, (Fall 2004): 437-458. 

“Accomplished Ladies and Coyotes: Marriage, Power, and Straying from the Flock in Territorial New Mexico, 1880-1920,” Sex, Love, Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American History.  M. Hodes, ed.  New York: New York University Press, 1999, pgs. 331-351.