Alina R. Méndez specializes in Mexican American history with a focus on migration, labor, and relational racial formation. She received her PhD in US History from UC San Diego and BA in Latin American History from UC Berkeley. Her dissertation, titled “Cheap for Whom? Migration, Farm Labor, and Social Reproduction in the Imperial Valley-Mexicali Borderlands, 1942-1969,” was the recipient of the 2018 Chancellor’s Dissertation Award for the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego and the 2019 Herbert G. Gutman Prize for Outstanding Dissertation from the Labor and Working-Class History Association. Dr. Méndez is currently revising her dissertation into a book manuscript. Her research has received support from the Ford Foundation, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, the Fulbright Program, the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States, and the Archie Green Fund for Labor Culture and History.