Erik Bernardino

Assistant Professor of History



Pettengill Hall, Room 104

Latin American and Latinx Studies


Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz

I am a historian of the twentieth century United States specializing in Latinx, immigration, and borderlands histories. I am particularly interested in the intersection of immigration policy and labor migrations at the turn of the twentieth century. My current research questions why US federal-level immigration policies relied on local-level morals policing to enforce national-level policies of border control.

I am currently working on preparing a book manuscript on the California-Baja California borderlands. I focus on agricultural and sexual commerce workers at the turn of the twentieth century as they negotiated between US and Mexican state projects of labor policing.

When not teaching or conducting research I enjoy watching Dodger games and exploring Maine with my family.


Current Courses

Winter Semester 2024

AMST 273 / GSS 273 / HIST 273 / LALS 273
US Immigration: From the "Uprooted" to the Rise of the Immigration Regime

GSS 301D / HIST 301D / LALS 301D
Regulating Intimacy: Histories of the Labor of Sex in North America