Genevieve Carpio

Gena Carpio

Genevieve Carpio

Associate Professor
Core Faculty

Office: 7339 Bunche Hall


Phone: (310) 267-4983


Genevieve Carpio is an Associate Professor in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies. Her research and teaching interests include relational studies of race, 20th century U.S. history, (sub)urban history, and spatial theory, particularly as it relates to notions of place and mobility. She has a long-standing interest in the public and digital humanities, particularly as it relates to the California Inland Empire, where she was raised. She is the author of a book on spatial mobility, both permission to move freely and prohibitions on movement, and racial formation in the multiracial suburbs of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire entitled Collisions at the Crossroads: How Place and Mobility Make Race (University of California Press, 2019). She has also published in American Quarterly, Journal of American History, Journal of Urban Affairs, Western Historical Quarterly, Casden Annual Review, the Arcadia local history series, and Information, Communication and Society, among other venues. She currently serves on the editorial board of Geohumanities, a journal of the American Association of Geographers, and as a reviewer for several academic journals. Before joining UCLA, Professor Carpio was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History and the Program for Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University. Carpio received a B.A. in Anthropology at Pomona College and went on to earn an M.A. in Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her doctorate in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Professor Carpio is the recipient of two Ford Foundation Fellowships, the Hellman Fellowship, and the UCLA Faculty Career Development Award. She has also received a USC Provost Fellowship and recognition as PAGE Fellow by Imagining America, a consortium of universities dedicated to public engagement.


  • PhD, American Studies and Ethnicity, USC
  • Graduate Certificate, Historic Preservation, USC
  • MA, Urban Planning, UCLA
  • BA, Anthropology, Pomona College


  • Ethnic Studies
  • Space and Place
  • 20th Century US History
  • Public and Digital humanities

Selected Publications

  • Carpio, Genevieve. Collisions at the Crossroads: How Place and Mobility Make Race (Oakland, University of California Press, 2019). 400 pages.
  • Carpio, Genevieve. “Toward a Digital Ethnic Studies: Race, Technology, and the Classroom.” American Quarterly 70, no. 3 (September 2018): 613-617.
  • Print essay accompanied by peer-reviewed digital project, “Race and the Digital”
    Carpio, Genevieve. “Racial Projections: Cyberspace, Public Space, and the Digital Divide.” Information, Communication and Society 21, no. 2 (2017): 174-190.
  • Carpio, Genevieve and Andrzej Rutkowski. “Mapping LA-tino/a Suburbs,” Boom California (July 2017).
  • Carpio, Genevieve. “Philanthropic (Dis) Trust and the Mexican American Movement.” Western Historical Quarterly 47, no. 3 (Autumn 2016): 303-323.
  • Carpio, Genevieve, Sharon Luk, and Adam Bush. “Building People’s Histories: Graduate Student Teaching and Undergraduate Education.” Journal of American History (March 2013): 1176-1188.
  • Carpio, Genevieve. “Unexpected Allies: David C. Marcus, Civil Rights, and the Mexican American Legal Landscape of Southern California.” Annual Review of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. 9 (2012): 1-23.
  • Carpio, Genevieve, Clara Irazábal, and Laura Pulido, “Right to the Suburb: Rethinking Lefebvre and Immigrant Activism.” Journal of Urban Affairs 33 no. 2 (May 2011): 185-208.
  • Reprinted in Kantor, Paul and Dennis Judd. American Urban Politics in a Global Age: The Reader. (7th edition). Pearson Education, 2012.
    Reprinted in Nicolaides, Becky and Andrew Wiese. The Suburb Reader (Routledge, 2016).


  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 10A: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 19: #ImmigrationSyllabus
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 19: Fiat Lux How It’s Made: Power and Tools
  • hicana and Chicano Studies 138A: Space, Place, and Race
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 138B: Barrio Suburbanism
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 191: Race and the Digital Divide
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 191: Ethnic Los Angeles
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 201: Activist Scholarship and Intersectional Methods
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 291: Racial Geographies