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Victor Ochoa

Graduate Employee
Office: 340U McKenzie Hall
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Research Interests: Latino & Chicano History, 20th Century Labor History, History of the Pacific Northwest, History of Oregon, & History of Education


My master's thesis explores ethnic Mexican labor and placemaking in Oregon during the same period. By studying how migrant farmworkers between 1950 and 2000 Mexicanized the town of Independence, Oregon, I argue that by establishing a new homeland, ethnic Mexican migrants were able to create a lasting contribution outside of the economy. This homeland’s existence contends the presumed codependent relationship with labor and empowered folks to participate in cultural citizenship that redefined the nature of community society and traditional Mexican culture.