Michael Staudenmaier, PhD

Michael StaudenmaierVisiting Assistant Professor of History and Latin American and Latino/a Studies

Office Location: Dunham Hall 204
Email Address: mstaudenmaier@aurora.edu

I am a passionate and experienced educator. I love teaching because it creates an opening for new possibilities. Students in my classes take center stage as active leaders in a learning process that aims to enhance the critical thinking skills necessary for long-term transformative engagement with the multiple communities they inhabit. To make this possible, I draw on the pedagogical insights of educators like Paulo Freire, whose notion of education as the “practice of freedom” has inspired me for years.

PhD, History, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
MA, History, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
BA, Philosophy, Carleton College

Areas of Specialization
19th and 20th Century United States History
Latin American History
US Latina/o Studies
Histories of Race and Ethnicity

Courses Taught
HIS 1200 US History to 1877
HIS 1210 US History Since 1877
HIS 3450/LTS 3810 Latin American History
HIS 3200 US History Since the 1960s
LTS 1200 Introduction to Latino Cultural Studies
LTS 1300 Latinas and Latinos in the United States
LTS 4800 Community Based Research Capstone Seminar

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions

“ ‘Mostly of Spanish Extraction’:  Second-Class Citizenship and Racial Formation in Puerto Rican Chicago, 1946-1965,” in Journal of American History, Volume 104, Number 3 (2017).

“War on Poverty, War on Division Street:  Puerto Rican Chicago in the 1960s Through the Lens of the Janet Nolan Collection,” in CENTRO:  Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Volume 28, Number 2 (2016).

“Philosophers in the Casita:  Hal Adams’ Politics in Theory and Practice,” with Anne Carlson, in William Ayers, Caroline Heller, and Janise Hurtig, eds., Every Person is a Philosopher: Lessons in Educational Emancipation from the Radical Teaching Life of Hal Adams.  New York:  Peter Lang Publishing, 2015.

Review of Sona Song-Ha Lee, Building a Latino Civil Rights Movement:  Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and the Pursuit of Racial Justice in New York City (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2014), in The Sixties:  A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, Volume 8, Number 1 (2015), 109-112.

Truth and Revolution:  A History of the Sojourner Truth Organization, 1969-1986. Baltimore, MD:  AK Press., 2012.