Andrés, Benny J.

Associate Professor Department of History
Garinger 103
  • Power and Control in the Imperial Valley:  Nature, Agribusiness, and Workers on the California Borderland, 1900-1940 (College Station:  Texas A&M University Press, 2015). 
  • "Invisible Borders:  Repatriation and Colonization of Mexican Migrant Workers along the California Borderlands during the 1930s," California History 88, no. 4 (September 2011): 5-21, 65-65.
  • "'I Am Almost More at Home with Brown Faces than with White':  An Americanization Teacher in Imperial Valley, California, 1923-1924," Southern California Quarterly 93, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 69-107.
  • "Chicano/a movement," in Kathleen A. Brosnan, ed., Encyclopedia of American Environmental History vol. 1 (New York:  Factson File, 2011):  268-270.
  • "Chacón, Soledad Chávez (1890-1936)," in Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez Korrol, eds., Latinas in the United States:  A Historical Encyclopedia vol. 2 (Bloomington:  Indiana University Press, 2006):  143-144.
  • "Mendoza, María Estela Altamirano (1948-)," in Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez Korrol, eds., Latinas in the United States:  A Historical Encyclopedia vol. 2 (Bloomington:  Indiana University Press, 2006):  448-449.
  • "La Plaza Vieja (Old Town Alburquerque):  The Transformation of a Hispano Village, 1880s-1950s," in Erlinda Gonzales-Berry and David R. Maciel, eds., The Contested Homeland:  A Chicano History of New Mexico (Albuquerque:  University of New Mexico Press, 2000):  239-268.


Research Interests

Latino and Mexican American History; U.S.-Mexico Borderlands; 20th century U.S. West; U.S. Environmental History; Labor History; Food Studies

Courses Taught
  • Latino History Since 1900
  • History of the American West
  • U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Since 1900
  • Seminar in U.S. History Since 1865
  • Immigration & Americanization during the Progressive Era
  • Environmental Justice in the U.S. & Latin America
  • Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 2003


Current Projects
  • My new book project is a history of the lower Colorado River and delta.  I am also working on 2 articles:  "Gateway to California:  Regulating the Calexico-Mexicali Border, 1900-1940"; "Border Jumpers:  A Forgotten Story of Americans Illegally Entering the U.S. from Mexico, 1924-1933."