National Fellow

Bobby Cervantes

Birdsall National Fellow
B.A. University of Texas at Austin (2011)
Other (Undergraduate) University of Texas at Austin (2011)
Dream Mentor:
Thomas Sugrue
New York University
Fields of Interest:
History of Capitalism
Immigration Policy
Political Economy
Social History


Bobby Cervantes is a Ph.D. candidate in American studies at the University of Kansas. His interdisciplinary work focuses on U.S. poverty and its transnational contexts to examine the pervasive nature of racial capitalism in the making of modern America. His research has been supported by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Organization of American Historians, among others. From 2018-2021, he was the assistant editor of American Studies, a leading journal in the field sponsored by the Mid-America American Studies Association and KU Libraries.

Thesis Description:

“Las Colonias: The Housing of Poverty in Modern Americas”

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