Roberto Chao Romero

Roberto Chao Romero

Associate Professor

Robert Chao Romero


César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies

Areas of Expertise:


(310) 206-2813


Office Location:

Bunche 7353


J. D., University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., Latin American History, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests:

With a Mexican father from Chihuahua and a Chinese immigrant mother from Hubei in central China, Romero’s dual cultural heritage serves as the basis for his academic studies.

His research examines Asian immigration to Latin America, as well as the large population of “Asian-Latinos” in the United States. His first book, The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940 (2010), tells the forgotten history of the Chinese community in Mexico.   The Chinese in Mexicoreceived the Latina/o Studies Section Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association.

Drawing upon his background as attorney, Romero’s second area of research examines the legal history of Chicano/Latino segregation as well as immigration  law and policy. His most recent research explores the role of spirituality in Chicana/o social activism.

Romero received his J. D. from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Latin American history from UCLA.


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