PhD, History, University of California, Berkeley
MA, History, University of California, Berkeley
Single Subject Credential (CA), Sonoma State University
BA, Political Science, Sonoma State University
Natalie Mendoza received her PhD in US history from UC Berkeley. Before graduate school, Natalie taught high school in Northern California. As a graduate student, Natalie became interested in improving how history is taught at both the high school and college levels. She co-founded a student-based history pedagogy group focused on improving undergraduate teaching at Cal, and worked frequently with the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, a professional development program for local K-12 social studies teachers. Natalie began her dissertation research on history education and teaching in the Mexican American community, but archival research and materials from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington, DC, led her to write a history of the impact of the Good Neighbor Policy and WWII on the relationship between the federal government and Mexican Americans in the US Southwest. Her research interests include: history and the practice of pedagogy, intellectual history, the history of education, Mexican American and Chicana/o history, US Latina/o history, US civil rights history, and the history of race and racism in the US.
This Spring 2017, Natalie is teaching: US history from World War II to 9/11 (Hist 124B) and a research and writing seminar on US Latina/o history since 1848 (Hist 101).