Carolina Ortega

 Carolina Ortega

Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
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Research Interests

  • Modern United States
  • Latin America
  • Latina/Latino Studies
  • Immigration History
  • Urban History

Research Description

My dissertation examines the multiple sites of migration to the United States by people from the state of Guanajuato, one of Mexico’s most prolific migrant sending states, throughout the twentieth century. I argue that a focus on a single state provides a more intimateexamination of Mexican migration to the U.S. and allows us to understand the contours of Mexican migration as a whole. My project’s focus on the local history of Guanajuato and the lived experiences of its migrants—both in Mexico and the U.S.—serves as a shift from the arrivant narrative, a prevalentnarrative in migration studies. 


  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013

Distinctions / Awards

  • Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Fellowship (2017)
  • Tinker Summer Field Research Fellowship (2015)
  • History Department Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship (2015)
  • University of Illinois Latina/Latino Studies Department Conference Travel Award (2014)
  • University of Illinois Graduate College Fellowship (2013, 2014, 2016)
  • University of Illinois Summer Pre-Doctoral Institute Fellowship (2013)