Field: Latin America
Advisor: Pablo Piccato
Romeo Guzmán attended and played soccer at Mount San Antonio Community College before transferring to and receiving his BA in Art History and History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Guzmán continued his education at California State University, Northridge, where his Master’s thesis “The founding of the Museo Nacional de Cultural Populares” provided an intellectual and culture history of the museum and its founder, Guillermo Bonfil Batalla. At Columbia University, his research has focused on nationhood, culture, and migration in twentieth century Mexico. His dissertation, “Diaspora and Mexican Nationhood: The Rise of the Second Generation in Greater Mexico, 1926 to 1943” seeks to construct a transnational history of what Chicano/a scholars term the “Mexican American generation.” Guzmán has presented his research in Mexico and the United States and published journalistic pieces on Mexican migration, art, and politics in Latin America Dispatch, Letras Libres, Nuestra Aparente Rendicion, the Mid-Valley News, and Tropics of Meta. His entry on Tin Tan for the encyclopedic volume, Icons of Mexico, (edited by Eric Zolov) is forthcoming.
Guzmán co-found and served as the co-chair for the graduate/faculty workshop Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity (housed at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race) and the Students of Color Coordinator in the Graduate History Association. In addition to working on initiatives to increase racial and social diversity in higher education, he co-directs the South El Monte Arts Posse, an interdisciplinary art collective based in Southern California, and is the Binational Coordinator at La Casa de El Hijo del Ahuizote, a archive and cultural center in Mexico City. He currently resides in Pomona with his partner and daughter.