“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Sanchez as our first Haynes Foundation Fellow, and we are looking forward to his leadership in strengthening our association with social science scholars, researchers and institutions throughout Southern California,” foundation President Donn B. Miller said in a prepared statement.
The Haynes Foundation is one of the region’s premier supporters of study and research into issues concerning Los Angeles – in political science, economics, public policy, history, social psychology and sociology. It was founded and endowed by noted physician John Randolph Haynes and his wife, Dora, who were active and progressive citizens of Los Angeles between 1887 and 1937.
Sanchez’s work addresses historical and contemporary topics of race, gender, ethnicity, labor, and immigration. He is working on two projects: a book on the impact of contemporary Mexican migration on the culture and politics of Los Angeles at the end of the 20th century, and a historical study of the ethnic interaction of Mexican-Americans, Japanese-Americans and Jews in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles. His publications include the award-winning book Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 (Oxford University Press, 1993).
Sanchez has served on the Committee of International Migration of the Social Science Research Council since 1994. He is a board member of the Los Angeles-based Korean American Museum, the Immigration History Society and the American Studies Association. He came to USC in 1997 after serving on the faculty of UCLA and the University of Michigan.
“I am honored by my selection as the first Haynes Foundation Fellow,” he said. “I look forward to working with the foundation’s trustees and the community of social science researchers in advancing knowledge that will serve the goal of improving life for the residents of Southern California.”