Monday, October 1, 2007


Curriculum Vitae
June 17, 2020

Frank P. Barajas
Professor History Program and Chicana/o Studies
California State University Channel Islands
One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012

Areas of expertise.
California History. Chicana/o History. Education. Immigration. Labor History. Race and Ethnicity.

AA Moorpark College Moorpark, California

BA and MA History California State University, Fresno Fresno, California

PhD History Claremont Graduate University Claremont, California

2012- Professor
2007 Professor
Associate Professor at California State University Channel Islands
2001 Assistant Professor at California State University Channel Islands
1992-2001 Tenured at Cypress College.

2016-2018; 2019- Chair of History and Chicana/o Studies

Courses: U.S., California, and Chicana/o History


Mexican Americans with Moxie: A Tran-Generational History of El Movimiento Chicano in Ventura County California, 1945-1975. University of Nebraska Press. Forthcoming.

“Decolonizing the Newspaper: The Historian and the Op-Ed.” Perspectives on History. February 2015 53 2: 38-39. (

“Community and Measured Militancy: The Ventura County Community Service Organization, 1958-1968.” Southern California Quarterly 96 no. 3 (Fall 2014): 313-349.

Curious Unions: Mexican American Workers and Resistance in Oxnard, California, 1898-1961. University of Nebraska Press, 2012.

David G. Garcia, Tara J. Yosso, and Frank P. Barajas"'A Few of the Brightest, Cleanest Mexican Children': School Segregation as a Form of Mundane Educational Racism in Oxnard, California, 1900-1940." Harvard Educational Review Spring 2012: 1-25.

“An Invading Army: A Civil Gang Injunction in a Southern California Chicana/o Community.” Latino Studies 5 no. 4 (Winter 2007): 393-417.

“The Defense Committees of Sleepy Lagoon: A Convergent Struggle against Fascism, 1942-1944.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 31 no. 1 (Spring 2006): 33-62.

“Resistance, Radicalism, and Repression on the Oxnard Plain: The Social Context of the Betabelero Strike of 1933.” Western Historical Quarterly XXXV no. 1 (Spring 2004): 27-51.

Non-Peer Reviewed

"The Vexation of History In An Age Of Police Violence." History News Network. June 14, 2014.

"Remembrances, Race, and Role Models: The Renaming of a Middle School." History News Network. February 9, 2020 ( LatinoLA. January 30, 2020 (

"Proposition 187's Twenty Fifth Anniversary." November 2, 2019.

“Say It Ain’t So Joe: Strategies of Segregation in Ventura County.” History News Network. July 14, 2019. (

“Critic of Oxnard Police will get his day in court.” Ventura County Star newspaper. July 11, 2015. ( barajas-trial-to-examine-claim-by-oxnard-police-critic_63604643)

“Murgia of the Past and Present.” Amigos805. July 15, 2015. ( --“Murgia of the Past and Present.” LatinoLA. July 13, 2015. (

“I got mine. You’re out of luck!” Ventura County Star newspaper. May 16, 2015. ( of-luck_54013186)

“Do something about immense student debt in California.” The Bakersfield Californian newspaper. May 17, 2015. ( Do-something-about-immense-student-debt-in-California.html)

“Making college affordable for California students.” Ventura County Star newspaper. February 5, 2015. ( affordable-for-california-students_22857506)

“Governor, legislature need to make college more afforcable.” The Bakersfield Californian. January 23, 2015. ( Governor-legislature-need-to-make-college-more-affordable.html)

“Are We Giving Cesar Too Much Credit.” History News Service ( April 7, 2014.

“Remember the Latinos in the ‘So Go Created a Farmer’ Super Bowl Ad Last Year? Neither Do We.” History News Network ( January 30, 2014.

“The National Park Service Explores the History of Farm Labor in America.” History News Service ( service-explores-the-history-of-farm-labor-in-america/) May 3, 2011.
“Park Service Explores the History of Farm Labor.” Ventura County Star newspaper. May 7, 2011.
--Dallas Morning News link to Ventura County Star
--“Reconstructing the History of Farm Labor in America.” The Bakersfield Californian.” May 7, 2011.
“The National Park Service Explores the History of Farm Labor in America.” History News Network ( May 8, 2011.

“The Alinsky, Chavez, Obama Connection.” Ventura County Star newspaper. November 2, 2008.

“The Alinsky, Chavez, Obama Connection.” San Benito News newspaper. November 2, 2008.

“New Face of Segregation.” Ventura County Star newspaper. January 20, 2008. “Democracy, history linked.” Ventura County Star newspaper. September 27, 2007.
“Labor (and Community) Day.” Ventura County Star newspaper. August 31, 2007.
“Entertaining Democracy.” Ventura County Star newspaper. September 3, 2006.
The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas by Monica Muñoz Martinez. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018) for The Journal of American History, December 2019 106 3: 387.

Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom by Mireya Loza. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016) for California History, Winter 2017: 62-64.

Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest by Mario Jimenez Sifuentez. (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2016) for the Journal of American History, June 2017 104 10: 274-275.

From South Texas to the Nation: The Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century by John Weber. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015) for the Western Historical Quarterly, Summer 2016 47 3: 353-354.

Power and Control in the Imperial Valley: Nature, Agribusiness, and Workers on the California Borderland, 1900-1940 by Benny Andrés Jr. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2015) for the Western Historical Quarterly, Winter 2015 46 4: 526-527.

Palomino: Clinton Jencks and Mexican-American Unionism in the American Southwest by James J. Lorence. (University of Illinois Press, 2013) for the New Mexico Historical Review, Summer 2014: 409-410.

Traqueros: Mexican Railroad Workers in the United States, 1870 to 1930 by Jeffrey Marcos Garcilazo (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2012) for the American Historical Review, December 2013 118 5: 409-410.

El Cinco De Mayo: An American Tradition by David E. Hayes-Bautista. (University of California, 2012) for The Historian, Winter 2013 75 4 918-920.

Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Islands: The Rise and Fall of a California Dynasty by Frederic Caire Chiles. Arthur H. Clark Co., 2011) for the Journal of San Diego History, Spring 2012 28 1⁄2: 106-108.

Cosecha Triste: El Programa Bracero/Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program by Gilbert G. Gonzalez and Vivian Prince (Self-Produced) for the Pacific Historical Review, February 2012 81 1: 123-125.

Chicano Studies: The Genesis of a Discipline by Michael Soldatenko. (University of Arizona Press, 2009) for the Pacific Historical Review, February 2011 80 1: 144-145.

The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement by Miriam Pawel. (Bloomsbury Press, 2009) for the Western Historical Quarterly, Summer 2011 42 2: 250-251.

Mexicans in California: Transformations and Challenges by Ramon A. Gutierrez and Patricia Zavella. (University of Illinois Press, 2009) for Camino Real, December 2010 2 3: 181-182.

North for the Harvest: Mexican Workers, Growers & the Sugar Beet Industry by Jim Norris. (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2009) for the Journal of American History, March 2010 96 4: 1235.

The Power of the Zoot: Youth Culture and Resistance during World War II by Luis Alvarez. (University of California Press, 2008) for the Western Historical Quarterly, Autumn 2009 40 3: 382.

Beasts of the Field: A Narrative History of California Farmworkers, 1769-1913 by Richard Steven Street. (Stanford University Press, 2004) for the Western Historical Quarterly Autumn 2005 36 3: 377-378.

“El Plan de Santa Barbara: Accountability and the Development of Leaders At California State University Channel Islands.” Presented at the 50th Anniversary Conference El Plan de Santa Barbara. February 22, 2019 University of California at Santa Barbara.

“Writing the Past and Present: The Historian as Participant Observer.” Presented at the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, August 6, 2016 Waikoloa, Hawaii.

“The Movement Before El Movimiento: Farmworker Advocacy and Organization Programs in Ventura County, 1961-1967.” Presented at the Sal Castro Memorial Conference. February 24, 2016 University of California at Santa Barbara.

“Mexican American with Moxie: Rachel Murguia Wong’s Struggle to Defend School Integration, 1968-1973.” Presented at Nuestra América: Rethinking Fronteras in US History A Conference Honoring the Career of Vicki L. Ruiz. February 20, 2015 University of California at Irvine.

“An Environment of Contention: Rachel Wong’s Struggle to Defend School Integration” Presented at the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, August 15, 2015 Portland Oregon.

National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Conference “Before Delano: Cesar Chavez and the Community Service Organization in a Southern California Community, 1958-1959. April 22, 2008 Austin Texas.

University of California at Los Angeles Conference “The Sleepy Lagoon Case, Constitutional Rights, and the Struggle for Democracy: A Commemorative Symposium”presentation. The Evolution of the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee. May 21, 2005 University of California Los Angeles.

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