In its April 8, 2020 issue, Princeton Alumni Weekly speaks with Associate Professor of History Rosina Lozano about her research and goals:
As a high school history teacher in her hometown of Sunnyvale, Calif., Rosina Lozano was frustrated by the fact that Mexican American culture was often left out of the textbooks she was required to use. “There was no sense of the contributions that Mexican Americans had made” to the history of the United States, she says.
Lozano returned to school to get her Ph.D., with plans to write about Latino history that had been neglected. Her 2018 book, An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States, reveals that Spanish was used as an official language by state governments in the Southwest through much of the 19th century.
Lozano sits on the Executive Committee of the Program in American Studies. This semester she teaches the courses “Becoming Latino in the U.S.” and “Borderlands, Border Lives.” She organized a series of Latino studies lunches and dinners beginning in Fall 2019. After Princeton transitioned to remote instruction in response to the Covid-10 pandemic, Lozano continued the series with a check-in on virtual learning, and movie nights co-hosted with Associate Professor of Theater Brian Herrera.
An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States received the Immigration and Ethnic History Society 2019 First Book Award, and the 2019 PROSE Award for Language and Linguistics, sponsored by the Association of American Publishers.