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Juan Pablo Mercado

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Email    jpmercado@ucla.edu
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My dissertation aims to rethink and revision U.S. history through the lens of public art. Specifically, I focus on the mural art of Judy Baca and the projects she has developed at the Social and Public Art Resource Center - SPARC. Imagining public art as an inventive process that crosses the boundaries of social justice, history, and collective memory establishes a form of remembering that is essential to understanding how communities envision themselves, their struggles, and their ability to transform history. Accordingly, public art can work to transmit social memory and serves as an important site of remembering for individuals and distinct communities whose history often times gets distorted or omitted.

Fields of Study

Twentieth-Century United States; Chicana/o History


Juan Pablo is a PhD candidate in U.S. History specializing in Chicana and Chicano History and currently is a managing editor for Regeneración Tlacuilolli: UCLA Raza Studies Journal. Juan Pablo is also an interviewer for the UCLA Library’s Center for Oral History Research, conducting oral histories on the High Potential Program at UCLA between 1968-1971.


Mercado, Juan Pablo, (in press). “Guest Worker Programs.” In Contemporary Issues for People of Color: Surviving and Thriving in the U.S. Today (5 of 5 volumes - Immigration/Migration), Eds. Alvaro Huerta, Norma Iglesias-Prieto and Donathan L. Brown. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO / Greenwood.

Mercado, Juan Pablo, "Re-envisioning the Mexican American Experience in World War II: A Local History of Sacramento & the Mexican American WWII Generation" (2011). Master's Projects. Paper 192.http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/etd_projects/192"

Grants and Awards

CDIP Mini Grant 2016, 2015, 2014
Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) Scholar 2014
Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship 2012-2017
Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program 2012-2015
Betty Nesvold Award, Social Science Research and Instructional Council 2011
COSS Research Foundation Grant 2010

Conference Presentations

“SPARC & The Great Wall of Los Angeles: Mapping the History of a Movement”
Deep LA, UCLA/USC History Graduate Conference, October 2015
"Art, Memory, and Social Justice in the East Bay"
NACCS San Francisco, CA April 2015
“Mapping the Trajectory of the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA”
Center for Primary Research and Training, UCLA Special Collections Los Angeles, CA. June 2014
"Wartime Transformations: The Development of A Mexican American Community in Richmond, California, 1940-1945"
NACCS Salt Lake City, UT April 2014
"Oral Histories of Mexican American Women during the WWII era in Northern California"
NACCS San Antonio, TX March 2013
"Re-envisioning the Mexican American Experience in World War II"
Social Science Research & Instructional Council, 35th Annual Conference San José, CA April 2011


Juan Gómez-Quiñones (Chair)
Judith F. Baca
Robin Derby
Robin D.G. Kelley


C.Phil., History, UCLA, 2015
M.A., History, UCLA, 2014
M.A., Mexican American Studies, San José State, 2011
B.A., Chicano Studies, UC Berkeley (with Honors), 2006