Marc Simon Rodriguez, Historian

Research Fellow, University of Wisconsin Law School

Marc Simon Rodriguez


Marc Rodriguez served as Assistant Professor; Concurrent Assistant Professor of Law; Concurrent Assistant Professor of American Studies; Fellow, Institute for Latino Studies; Fellow, Kroc Institute for Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has also taught at Princeton University, the University of Wisconsin, and Northwestern University. He is currently a research fellow at the Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Law School.

Main Field

United States History


20th Century; Mexican-American/Chicano History; Labor History; Legal History


M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University

J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School

Research and Teaching Interests

American Legal History; Mexican American History/Ethnic Studies; Migration History; Labor History


With training in history and law Rodriguez works within the fields of Mexican American and American legal history focused on the relationship between migration, ethnicity, youth politics, state reform, and labor after 1945.

Before teaching at the University of Notre Dame, Rodriguez was Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Princeton University where he also held the posts of Executive Secretary of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies and fellow of the Center for Migration and Development.

In 2003, Rodriguez served as the Bill & Rita Clements Research Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America at Southern Methodist University.

In 2007, Rodriguez received a Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Selected to serve as a distinguished visiting fellow of the Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change Rodriguez was in residence at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the spring of 2009.

Current Project

Rodriguez is currently writing a history of the Chicano Movement for Mexican-American civil rights titled Rethinking the Chicano Movement as part of the Routledge Series on American Political and Social Movements of the 20th Century. He is also working on a book length history of the Jury Right in the United States which examines the struggles of African Americans, Mexican Americans, and women to expand the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution to provide fair representation on American juries through a consideration of landmark cases includingStrauder v. West Virginia (1880), Ballard v. United States (1946), Hernandez v. Texas (1954), Hoyt v. Florida (1961), and Taylor v. Louisiana (1975).

Recent Publications

The Tejano Diaspora: Mexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin (University of North Carolina Press, 2011): Winner of the NACCS Texas Nonfiction Book Award, 2012.

"Defining the Space of Participation: Tejanos and the Struggle for the War on Poverty in Milwaukee" in Annelise Orleck (ed.), The War on Poverty: A New Grass Roots History, 1964-1980 (University of Georgia Press, 2011).

“Latino Mural Cityscapes: A Reflection on Public Art, History, and Community in Chicago after World War II” in Martin Butler, Jens Martin Gurr, and Olaf Kaltmeier (eds), EthniCities: Ethnicity and Metropolitan Cultures in the Americas (Trier, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011).