Episode 55: Teaching Mexican-American Histories with Maribel Santiago

In Episode 55, Michael & Dan chat with Dr. Maribel Santiago about the importance of teaching Mexican-American histories, particularly the Mendez v. Westminster case regarding school segregation

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Here is Dr. Maribel Santiago’s TRSE article!
    1. Santiago, M. (2017). Erasing differences for the sake of inclusion: How Mexican/Mexican American students construct historical narratives. Theory & Research in Social Education, 45(1), 43-74.
  2. Here is the blog post that Maribel Santiago wrote about how to use the case in the classroom. JTE Insider:  70th Anniversary-Mendez v. Westminster
  3. Book Chapter:  The color of America has changed: How racial diversity shaped civil rights reform in California, 1941-1978
  4. Children’s Book:  Separate is never equal : Sylvia Mendez & her family’s fight for desegregation
  5. Latinx History:
    Book:  Latino education in the United States : a narrated history from 1513-2000
  6. Book:  500 años del pueblo chicano/500 years of Chicano history in pictures
  7. Book:  500 years of Chicana women’s history/500 años de historia de las chicanas
  8. Puerto Rico Syllabus
  9. Documentary Series:  Chicano!
    Quest for a Homeland
  10. Some of the YouTube videos that Maribel Santiago suggested:
    1. Struggle in the Fields
    2. Taking Back the Schools
    3. Fighting for Political Power
    4. Mitú
  11. Fusion TV


Maribel Santiago is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University.  She also holds an appointment in the Department of History.  After obtaining a dual B.A. in History and Chicana/o Studies, and a M.Ed. from UCLA, Dr. Santiago taught high school social studies in Watts, a neighborhood of Los Angeles.  She also earned an M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education, both from Stanford University. Reach out to her on Twitter and check out her website for more!

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