Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp

So far from Allah, So Close to Mexico.  Middle Eastern Immigrants in Modern mexico.

Title: Professor

Concentration: Latin America, Mexico, Borderlands, Transnationalism, and Gender

Education: Ph.D., Georgetown University

Office: Stevenson 2070A

Phone: (707) 664-2278




Professor Alfaro-Velcamp will be on leave for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Dr. Alfaro-Velcamp is an associate professor of history at Sonoma State University where she revamped the History Internship Program in 2010-2011 and coordinates the Latin American Studies Minor Program. For information about the Minor contact Dr. Alfaro-Velcamp and/or Dr. Robert McNamara.

Based on interviews and archival research in Mexico, the United States, and Lebanon, she authored So Far from Allah, So Close to Mexico: Middle Eastern immigrants in Modern Mexico (2007). She has conducted pioneering research on Muslim communities in Latin America, and written about the Arab and Jewish populations in the region with attention to women and cultural representations in film. With funding from El Colegio de México in Mexico City, Dr. Alfaro-Velcamp is working on a new book about migration and citizenship in the United States and Mexico. She has also contributed articles appearing in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (2010) regarding cancer incidence among Latinos/Hispanics. Her work comprises over 15 scholarly publications such as Law and History Review, Hispanic American Historical Review, and the Americas. Dr. Alfaro-Velcamp was awarded “Faculty Member of the Year” by the Mexican Student Association (MEChA) in 2004.


  • HIST 241: History of the Americas (Part I)
  • HIST 242: History of the Americas (Part II)
  • HIST 342: History of Modern Latin America
  • HIST 348: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • HIST 370: Careers and History
  • HIST 372: Arabs in the Americas (cross-listed with AMCS 370)
  • HIST 433: History of Mexico (cross-listed with CALS 400)
  • HIST 449: Gender and Sexuality in Latin America (cross-listed with WGS 311)
  • HIST 498: U.S. Immigration
  • HIST 510: Nations and National Identities

Selected Scholarship:

“Immigration and Techniques of Governance in Mexico and the United States: Recalibrating National Narratives through Comparative Immigration Histories,” co-authored with Robert H. McLaughlin, Law and History Review, Volume 29, Number 2 (May 2011): 573-606.