Professor Chantel Rodríguez received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a specialization in twentieth-century transnational U.S. history. Her areas of research interest are U.S.-Mexico labor relations, political economy, occupational health, and citizenship.
Her book manuscript, Health on the Line: The Railroad Bracero Program and the Struggle for Health Citizenship during World War II, examines the debates over the health rights of Mexican guest workers laboring on American railroads in order to show that the railroad bracero program played a crucial and under-examined role in shaping the larger twentieth struggle for health citizenship.
Before joining the History faculty at the University of Maryland, Professor Rodríguez was a Smithsonian Latino Studies Fellow in 2012 and spent the 2013-2015 academic years as the Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland.
Professor Rodríguez teaches courses on U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (HIST328A), Comparative American Borderlands (HIST639X), U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity (HIST222), and Zombies (HIST289Y).