- PhD Candidate
M.A. History, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, B.A. Anthropology, University of California, Davis, 2003
Maria Quintana is a historian whose research and writing focuses on U.S-Latin American comparative colonial history and twentieth century U.S. race and labor history. Maria currently holds the Hanauer Dissertation completion fellowship at the University of Washington. Her scholarship interprets “guestworkers” and the Bracero Program through a transnational and global history of labor rights and the U.S. empire. In particular, it places the Bracero Program within multiple contexts and perspectives—the contemporaneous U.S.-Caribbean labor importation programs of 1942, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, the legal and political framing of indentured servitude and slavery, and the movements for civil rights and decolonization. In doing so, it advances an interpretation of “guestworker” programs that moves beyond the U.S. borders and U.S.-Mexico relations to understand and underscore their imperial roots and effects. Her dissertation received the national Woodrow Wilson Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-2014.