Michael Innis-Jiménez

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians
  • (205) 348-5968
  • 106D Ten Hoor Hall

Faculty Education

Columbia College (B.A.)

University of Iowa (M.A., Ph.D.)

Faculty Research

Latinos/Latinas in the U.S.; Migration and Immigration; U.S. social, cultural, urban, and labor history; food studies; the American West; race and ethnicity in the Americas

Faculty Publications


Steel Barrio: The Great Mexican Migration to South Chicago, 1915-1940. New York: New York University Press, 2013.

Food, Culture, and Belonging in Mexican Chicago, 1914-1945 (in progress)

The Latino South: A History of Migration and Race in Pursuit of the American Dream (in progress)

Book Chapters

“Chicago Steel, Latino Workers, and Midwestern Environmental History” in The Latino Midwest Reader, ed. Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, and Claire F. Fox. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017)

“Engaged Learning in the Anti-Immigrant South: Building Bridges in a Hostile Environment” in Civic Labors: Class, Community, & the Challenge of Engaged Scholarship, ed. Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fure-Slocum, and John McKerley. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016)

“Beyond the Baseball Diamond and Basketball Court: Organized Leisure in Interwar Mexican Chicago” in More Than Just Peloteros: Sport and U.S. Latino Communities, ed. Jorge Iber (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2015)


“Mexican Chicago’s Colonia Hull House: Food, Tourism, and Belonging in the 1930s” In Global Food History vol. 4 no. 1 (April 2018).

“Beyond the Baseball Diamond and Basketball Court: Organized Leisure in Interwar Mexican Chicago.” The International Journal of the History of Sport 26, no. 7 (June 2009): 906-923.

“Organizing for Fun: Recreation and Community Formation in Mexican South Chicago, 1919-1936.” The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 98, no. 3 (Autumn 2005) 144-161.

“Beyond Bread and Butter: Graduate Student Organizing in a Right-to-Work State.” In Perspectives: Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association vol. 40 no. 2 (February 2002).