Carmen T. Whalen

Carmen Whalen

Chair of Latina/o Studies Program, Carl W. Vogt '58 Professor of History

Stetson Hall Rm 512

Spring 2024 Class Hours

Tue / Fri – 1:10 pm to 2:25 pm
Tue / Thu – 9:55 am to 11:10 am

Spring 2024 Office Hours

Thu – 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
And By Appointment


B.A. Hampshire College (1985)
M.A. Rutgers University (1989)
Ph.D. Rutgers University, American History (1994)


LATS 386 / HIST 386 / WGSS 386 SEM

Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, and Households (not offered 2024/25)

LATS 471 / HIST 471 SEM

Comparative Latina/o Migrations (not offered 2024/25)

Selected Publications


Major Problems in Latina/o History, co-edited with Omar Valerio-Jiménez (Stamford, CT:  Cegage Learning, Inc., 2015)

El Viaje:  Puerto Ricans of Philadelphia (images of America Series, Arcadia Publishers, 2006)

The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005), edited with Víctor Vázquez Hernández

From Puerto Rico to Philadelphia: Puerto Rican Workers and Postwar Economics (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2001)

Articles and Essays:

“Radical Contexts: Puerto Rican Politics in the 1960s and 1970s and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies,” Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, v.21, no. 2 (Fall 2009): 220-255.

“Citizens and Workers: African Americans and Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia’s Regional Economy since World War II,” in African American Urban History Since World War II, ed. Kenneth Kusmer and Joe William Trotter, Jr. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009).

“’The Day the Dresses Stopped’: Puerto Rican Women, the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union, and the 1958 Dressmakers Strike,”Memories and Migrations: Locating Boricua and Chicana Histories, ed. Vicki Ruiz and John Chávez (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007).

“Sweatshops Here and There: The Garment Industry, Latinas, and Labor Migrations,” International Labor and Working-Class History, 61 (Spring 2002): 45-68.

“Displaced Labor Migrants or the Underclass: African Americans and Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia’s Economy,” The Collaborative City: Opportunities and Challenges for Blacks and Latinos in U.S. Cities, ed. John J. Betancur and Douglas C. Gills (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 2000), 115-136.

“Puerto Ricans, A Nation of Peoples: A Sourcebook on America’s Multicultural Heritage,” ed. Elliott R. Barkan (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999), 446-463.

“Labor Migrants or Submissive Wives: Competing Narratives of Puerto Rican Women in the Post-World War II Era,” Puerto Rican Women’s History: New Perspectives, ed. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez and Linda Delgado (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1998), 206-226.

“Bridging Homeland and Barrio Politics: The Young Lords in Philadelphia,” The Puerto Rican Movement: Voices from the Diaspora, ed. Andrés Torres and José Velázquez (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998), 107-123.

Research Interests

U.S. 1945 to the present; Latina/o Studies; Labor, Migration, and Women’s History

Theses Advised

Taísha Rodríguez ’12Negotiating Health Care at the South Bronx’s Lincoln Hospital (Latina/o Studies)

William Lee ’11“We Watched It Come Undone”: Women Workers in New York City’s Chinese Garment Industry, 1982-2003

Kevin Delucio ’10Challenging Silences, Creating Visibility: Queer Latino Self-Identity Negotiation and Community Formation (Latina/o Studies)

Faye C. Whiston ’10 – Puerto Ricans and the Catholic Church in Waterbury, Connecticut (Latina/o Studies)

Ashley Burrell ’08‘One God! One Aim! One Destiny!’: The Use of Christianity in the Universal Negro Improvement Association

Hannah Kathryn Noel ’08 Redefining and Gendering Victimization and Criminalization: the Guatemalan/Mayan Community of Indiantown, FL (1982-2008) (Latina/o Studies)

Paulette M.Rodríguez López ’08Conflicting Historiographies: Puerto Rican and Native Hawaiian Resistance to US Imperialism (Latina/o Studies)

Jasmine Mitchell ’03 – The Mulata as a Paradigm of National Identity in United States and Cuban Film (American Studies)

Margaret di Zerega ’02It Took a Movement: Domestic Violence and Its Impacts on Lesbians and Latinas (Women and Gender Studies)

Program Connections at Williams

Latina/o Studies