Isabela Seong-Leong Quintana

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Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies
School of Humanities

B.A., Oberlin College, 1999
M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2003
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2010

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University of California, Irvine
3118 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 6900
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies; Asian American History; Chicanx/Latinx History; race and gender; borderlands and empire
Visiting Scholar, 2017-2018
Asian American Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles

Visiting Assistant Professor, 2016-2017
Department of History, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Institute of American Culture Visiting Research Fellow, 2015-2016
Asian American Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles
Mentor: Dr. Valerie Matsumoto

Honors College Assistant Professor of History, 2013-2016
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate in Latina/Latino Studies, 2012-2013
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2012
University of California, Irvine
Mentor: Dr. Vicki Ruíz
Research Abstract
Dr. Quintana is the author of a book manuscript entitled "Urban Borderlands: Neighborhood and Nation in Chinese and Mexican Los Angeles, 1870s-1930s" that is currently under contract with an academic press. It examines the spatial production of borders in Los Angeles’ Chinatown and Sonoratown neighborhoods surrounding the Plaza. Her “urban borderlands” framework takes Los Angeles’ Plaza area as a site of multiple, overlapping borders—where Chinese and Mexican diasporas shared daily living spaces and experiences of segregation, while also negotiating practices of exclusion aimed at restricting Chinese immigration and later repatriating Mexicans. Using space, gender, and work as vital categories of analysis, her study interrogates the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century racial geography of Los Angeles. Her manuscript demonstrates that, although this period is often seen through the eyes of reformers and public officials, residents—Chinese and Mexican men, women and children—shaped cultural geography daily through the configuration of public places, homes, schools, and businesses.
“Making Do, Making Home: Borders and the Worlds of Chinatown and Sonoratown in Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles.” Journal of Urban History 41, no. 1 (2015): 47-74.

“‘Shaken as by an Earthquake’: Chinese Americans, Segregation and Displacement in Los Angeles, 1870-1938.” Gum Saan Journal of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California 32, no. 1 (2010): 3-23. (Solicited article.)
2009 Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, MMUF Dissertation Fellowship
2008 Rackham Humanities Research Dissertation Fellowship
2008 Haynes Research Grant, Historical Society of Southern California
2007 Andrew Mellon Short-Term Residential Fellowship, Huntington Library
2007 Social Science Research Council-Mellon Mays Predoctoral Graduate Student Enhancement Grant
2006 Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellow Travel and Research Grant, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
2005-2006 Social Science Research Council-Mellon Mays Research Award
2003-2008 Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan
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