Office of the Chancellor

May 12 - Anita Casavantes Bradford

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Anita Casavantes Bradford

Anita Casavantes Bradford

Anita Casavantes Bradford is an associate professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and History at the University of California Irvine, where she is also Co-Director of the UC-Cuba Multi Campus Academic Initiative. She earned her Ph.D. in 2011 in U.S. and Latina/o-Latin American History at the University of California San Diego. Her first book, The Revolution is for the Children: The Politics of Childhood in Havana and Miami, 1959-1962, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2014; her second book, Suffer the Little Children: Unaccompanied Migrant Children and the Geopolitics of Compassion in Postwar America, is also forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press.  She has published articles and essays in Diplomatic History, Journal of American Ethnic History, Latin American Research Review, American Historical Review, Cuban Studies, U.S. Catholic Historian, and the Journal of the Society for History of Children and Youth, among others, as well as in Perspectives on History, Inside Higher Ed Magazine, and the LA Review of Books. Her teaching focuses on comparative and transnational Latina/o history, Cuban and Cuban American history, the history of immigration, race and ethnicity, the history of childhood, and critical refugee studies. She also recently wrote and produced a musical, Refugee Songs: A Musical Journey, which debuted at UCSD’s Mandeville Auditorium on October 19th, 2019.

Proud to be an immigrant and a first generation latina college graduate, as well as the first woman in her family to complete high school, Casavantes Bradford is a campus leader on issues of equity and inclusion, known for her advocacy on behalf of first generation, latinx, undocumented and veteran student communities. She was the founding faculty chair of UCI’s Committee on Equity and Inclusion for Undocumented Students and the founding director of UCI’s First Generation Faculty Initiative, which became a UC systemwide initiative engaging almost one thousand faculty members in 2018.  She was also the founding faculty director of the School of Social Sciences First Generation First Quarter Challenge, a program which trains third and fourth year first generation students to serve as mentors and coaches to incoming first generation freshmen. In 2019, she launched the School of Social Sciences’ Veterans Studies certificate program, the first of its kind at an R1 university, to provide student veterans and non-veterans alike the opportunity to interrogate the experiences of diverse groups of veterans throughout U.S. history and contemporary society.  In recognition of her service to the campus, she has received the 2015 Dynamic Womyn of UCI Oustanding Social Justice Award; the 2016 Tom Angell Award; the 2017 Social Science Dean’s Award for Outstanding Mentorship; the 2019 Latino Excellence and Achievement (LEAD) Award for Outstanding Faculty; and the 2020 UCI Academic Senate Faculty Award for Mentorship.