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FRI/4/23 :: 1:00pm
Gustavo Arellano in Conversation with California MacArthur Fellows 

L.A. Times California Columnist – and host the upcoming daily news podcast from The Times – Gustavo Arellano convenes a conversation with recent fellows— Natalia Molina (2020) and Kelly Lytle Hernandez (2019) — for a wide-ranging discussion of immigration policy and its historical roots and the origins and evolution of incarceration and immigrant detention practices in the U.S.
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Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, covering Southern California everything and a bunch of the West and beyond. He previously worked at OC Weekly, where he was an investigative reporter for 15 years and editor for six, wrote a column called ¡Ask a Mexican! and is the author of “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.” He’s the child of two Mexican immigrants, one of whom came to this country in the trunk of a Chevy.


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Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Kelly Lytle Hernández is a Professor and Thomas E. Lifka Chair of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. One of the nation’s leading scholars of race, immigration, and the rise of mass incarceration, she is the author of several books, including City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles. Prof. Lytle Hernandez is currently the director of Million Dollar Hoods, which maps the fiscal and human toll of mass incarceration in Los Angeles. For her historical and contemporary work, she received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2019.


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Natalia Molina

Natalia Molina, Ph.D. is a Distinguised Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Professor Molina’s work lies at the intersections of race, gender, culture, and citizenship. She is the author of two award-winning books, How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts and Fit to be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939. Her book Placemaking at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant in Los Angeles Nourished its Community is slated for release in 2022. Professor Molina is a 2020 MacArthur Fellow.