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Phillip B. (Felipe) Gonzales


Photo: Phillip (Felipe) Gonzales
SSCI 1062

Curriculum vitae


Ph.D. University of California Berkeley (1985)

Research Interests

Race and Ethnicity , Social Movements , Political Sociology , Latino/a Studies



Politica: Nuevomexicanos and American Political Incorporation, 1821-1910

Phillip B. Gonzales

About the Book

Política offers a stunning revisionist understanding of the early political incorporation of Mexican-origin peoples into the U.S. body politic in the nineteenth century. Historical sociologist Phillip B. Gonzales reexamines the fundamental issue in New Mexico’s history, namely, the dramatic shift in national identities initiated by Nuevomexicanos when their province became ruled by the United States.

Gonzales provides an insightful, rigorous, and controversial interpretation of how Nuevomexicano political competition was woven into the Democratic and Republican two-party system that emerged in the United States between the 1850s and 1912, when New Mexico became a state. Drawing on newly discovered archival and primary sources, he explores how Nuevomexicanos relied on a long tradition of political engagement and a preexisting republican disposition and practice to elaborate a dual-party political system mirroring the contours of U.S. national politics.

Política is a tour de force of political history in the nineteenth-century U.S.–Mexico borderlands that reinterprets colonization, reconstructs Euro-American and Nuevomexicano relations, and recasts the prevailing historical narrative of territorial expansion and incorporation in North American imperial history. Gonzales provides critical insights into several discrete historical processes, such as U.S. racialization and citizenship, integration and marginalization, accommodation and resistance, internal colonialism, and the long struggle for political inclusion in the borderlands, shedding light on debates taking place today over Latinos and U.S. citizenship.   

Recent/Select Publications:

Phillip B. Gonzales, ed. 2007 Expressing New Mexico: Creativity, Ritual and Memory The University of Arizona Press.

Phillip B. Gonzales. 2007 "Introduction: Place and Nuevomexicano Culture." In Expressing Culture/Expressing Place: Nuevomexicana/o Creativity, Everyday Ritual, and Collective Remembrance. Phillip B. Gonzales, ed. University of Arizona Press.

Phillip Gonzales and Ann Massmann. 2006 "Loyalty Questioned: Nuevomexicanos and the Great War." The Pacific Historical Review 75 (4): 629-666.

Phillip B. Gonzales. 2006 "Whither the Nuevomexicanos: The Career of a Southwestern Intellectual Discourse, 1907-2004, The Social Science Journal 43 (2): 273-286.

Phillip B. Gonzales. 2001 Forced Sacrifice as Ethnic Protest: The Hispano Cause in New Mexico and the Racial Attitude Confrontation of 1933. Peter Lang.

Louise Lamphere, Patricia Zavella and Felipe (Phillip B.) Gonzales. 1993 "Sunbelt Working Mothers: Reconciling Family and Factory." Cornell University Press.


  • Soc. 428/528 Sociology of Mexican Americans
  • Soc. 399 Advanced Undergraduate Work in Sociology
  • Soc. 499 Senior Honors Thesis
  • Soc. 520 Race & Ethnicity