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Associate Professor of American Culture and History

Surface Mail: 505 S. State Street | 3722 Haven Hall
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045

Office Location(s): 3767 Haven Hall
Office Hours: ON LEAVE Fall 2014 & Winter 2015
Phone: 734.615.5766
Fax: 734.936.1967
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Faculty: Department of American Culture (AC), Latina/o Studies (LS)
    • Faculty: Department of History
  • Fields of Study
    • 19th-century United States
    • Race, gender, and sexuality in the U.S.
    • Mexican-American history
    • Latino/a history
    • The history of sexuality
  • About

    Professor Mora's principal research interests focus on the historical construction of race, gender, and sexuality in the U.S. His book Border Dilemmas explores how the first generations of Mexicans living in the United States grappled with the racial and national ideologies that circulated along the nineteenth-century border. He currently has two major research projects underway.  The first explores the relationship between African Americans and Mexican Americans in the early-twentieth-century urban Midwest.  He also is writing a history of the fictional character of Zorro from 1919 to the present.  The iconic character serves as a means of tracing changing representations of Mexican Americans, historical memory, and U.S. regionalism.

    Mora has served in a number of departmental administrative positions; currently serves on Michigan’s Rackham Humanities Diversity Committee; and also on the Executive Council of the National Latina/o Studies Association.   Before joining the University of Michigan, Mora previously taught history at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Mass. Mora teaches courses on Mexican American history, Latina/o history, and the history of sexuality.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2002
  • Awards
    • Woodrow Wilson Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship for 2010-2011