Letter from the Chair
Director of Graduate Studies, Professor of History
Professor of African American Studies
Affiliated Faculty of Latina/Latino Studies
HISTORY; Affiliated Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Areas of Specialization
U.S. Latino history, Sport History, Urban History, Immigration
Specializations / Research Interest(s)
- US Latino History, Sport History, Urban History, African American History
I am historian that specializes in US Latino history, Sport history, Urban history, and African American history. My teaching,publications, and public engagement have focused on the migration and immigration experience of Latinos within the United States as it illuminates processes of racialization, identity formation, urbanization, and labor. In particular, I examine the manner Latinos have become part of U.S. society while simultaneously engaging in transnational practices wherein many strove to retain their cultural identities. My first book, Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line (University of California Press, 2007), analyzes the incorporation of players from the Spanish-speaking Americas into U.S. professional baseball to illuminate the working of baseball’s color line. My second book Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball (Hill & Wang, 2011), takes my interest in race and baseball integration further as it explores what it means to be black and brown in the United States through Alejandro “Alex” Pompez’s life story, an Afro-Cuban-American who went from a Negro League team owner and Harlem numbers king to a Major League scout that opened the Dominican talent pipeline. My scholarship on Latinos in baseball has also led to my collaborating as an academic advisor on museum exhibits such as the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Viva Baseball! and documentaries such as Roberto Clemente and The Tenth Inning.
My interests in the intersection of race, immigration, popular culture, and urban history led to my collaboration with Frank Guridy and Gina Pérez on the anthology Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America (New York University Press, 2010).
The courses I teach at Illinois include Caribbean Latino Migrations, Latinos & Cities, Urban History, and Sport & Society, along with more specialized themed courses such as “Integration Stories,” “A Tale of Two Integrations,” and “Race and the City.”
- Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2000
Distinctions / Awards
- Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Research Council, 2004-2005
- National Baseball Hall of Fame Grant, Comprehensive Study of African Americans in Baseball History, Negro League Research/Authors Group, 2001-05
- Finalist, Seymour Medal, Society of American Baseball Researchers, 2008
- Latina/o Book Award, Latin American Studies Association, September 2007
- Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball. . New York: Hill & Wang, 2011.
- Playing America's Game(s): Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line. . Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2007.
- Hogan, Larry, Adrian Burgos, and et al. Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African American Baseball. . Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2006.
- "Integrating Afro-Latinos: Interrogating Narratives of Baseball’s Racial Past and Present." Afro-Latino Reader: History and Culture in the United States. . Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.
- Burgos, Adrian. "Learning America's Other Game: Baseball, Race, and the Study of Latinos." Latino Popular Culture: Cultural Politics into the 21st Century. . Ed. Mary Romero and Michelle Habell-Pallan. New York: New York University Press, 2002. 225-239.
- Burgos, Adrian. "The Latins from Manhattan." Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York. . Ed. Agustin Lao-Montes and Arlene Davila. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001. 71-93.
- Perez, Gina M., Frank A. Guridy, and Adrian Burgos. Beyond el Barrio: The Politics of Everyday Life in Latina/o America. . New York: New York University Press, 2010.
- "Left Out: Afro-Latinos, Black Baseball, and the Revision of the History of Jim Crow Baseball." Social Text (2009): 37-58.
- "Teaching Migration, Race, and Place: A US Latino Historian’s Perspective." Journal of American Ethnic History 28.2 (2009): 65-70.
- Burgos, Adrian. "Entering Cuba’s other playing field - Cuban baseball and the choice between race and nation, 1887-1912." Journal Of Sport & Social Issues 29.1 (2005): 9-40.
- "Playing Ball In a Black and White Field of Dreams: Afro-Caribbean Ballplayers in the Negro Leagues, 1910-1950." Journal of Negro History 82.1 (1997): 67-104.