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Daniel Arreola is a cultural geographer who specializes in the study of the Mexican American borderlands.
He is the recipient of the Paul P. Vouras Medal from The American Geographical Society for his studies in regional geography, and the Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award and the Preston E. James Eminent Latin Americanist Career Award from the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers for his Mexican borderland studies.
Arreola is the author of "The Mexican Border Cities: Landscape Anatomy and Place Personality"(with James R. Curtis), "Tejano South Texas: A Mexican American Cultural Province," and "Hispanic Spaces, Latino Places: Community and Cultural Diversity in Contemporary America."
His current work concerns the visual historical geography of Mexican border towns, a research project in four volumes. The initial book in this project was "Postcards from the Rio Bravo Border: Picturing the Place, Placing the Picture, 1900s-1950s" published in 2013. The second installment was "Postcards from the Sonora Border: Visualizing Place through a Popular Lens, 1900s-1950s," published in 2017. A third volume, "Postcards from the Chihuahua Border: Revisiting a Pictorial Past, 1900s-1950s" was published in 2019. The fourth installment completing the series is "Postcards from the Baja California Border: Portraying Townscape and Place, 1900s-1950s" published in 2021.
In addition, Arreola is researching the cultural history of the Mexican restaurant in America. A forthcoming book will assess the cultural geography of Mexican restaurants across the country.
Landscapes, cultural identity, place-making; Mexican-American borderlands; Hispanic/Latino Americans
Arreola, D. D. 2013. Postcards from the Rio Bravo Border: Picturing the Place, Placing the Picture, 1900s-1950s. University of Texas Press.
Arreola, D. D. 2004. Hispanic Spaces, Latino Places: Community and Cultural Diversity in Contemporary America. University of Texas Press.
Arreola, D. D. 2002. Tejano South Texas: A Mexican-American Cultural Province. University of Texas Press.
Arreola, D. D. and J. R. Curtis. 1993. The Mexican Border Cities: Landscape Anatomy and Place Personality. University of Arizona Press.
Arreola, D. D. 2012.Chiricahua Apache Homeland in the Borderland Southwest. Geographical Review 102, 1: 111-131.
Arreola, D. D. 2012.Placemaking and Latino Urbanism in a Phoenix Mexican Immigrant Community. Journal of Urbanism 5, 2-3: 159-172.
Price, P. L., C. Lukinbeal, R. N. Gioioso, D. D. Arreola, D. J. Fernández, T. Ready, M. de los Angeles Torres. 2011. Placing Latino Civic Engagement. Urban Geography 32, 2: 179-207.
Arreola, D. D. 2010.The Mexico-US Borderlands through Two Decades. Journal of Cultural Geography 27, 3: 331-351.
Arreola, D. D. 2010. Personality, Geographic Art & Lessons from Sauer’s Mexico. Geographical Review 100, 3: 291-294.
Arreola, D. D. and Nick Burkhart. 2010. Photographic Postcards and Visual Urban Landscape. Urban Geography 31, 7: 885-904.
Lukinbeal, C., D. D. Arreola, D. Lucio. 2010. Mexican Colonias in the Salt River Valley. Geographical Review 100 (1): 12-34.
Arreola, D. D., W. E. Doolittle, L. Sutton, A. Fernandez, J. Finn, C. Smith, C. Allen. 2009. Huépac Revisited: Cultural Remapping of a Sonoran Townscape. Journal of the Southwest 51 (2) (Summer): 1-28.
Finn, J., A. Fernandez, L. Sutton, D. D. Arreola, C. Allen, C. Smith. 2009. Puerto Peñasco, Fishing Village to Tourist Mecca. Geographical Review 99 (4): 575-597.
Visual History of the Mexican Border Cities investigates how border cities have been represented in popular media using a personal archive of postcard imagery to analyze views of towns over time. For more information, see Border Town Postcard Views: Historic Postcard Imagery from Mexican Border Cities.
2016 - Preston E. James Eminent Latin Americanist Career Award, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers
2012-2013 - Picturing the Past through Popular Media: Photographic Postcard Views of Sonora Mexican Border Towns, 1900s-1950s. Comparative Border Studies, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University, $5000 to support fieldwork and archival research.
2010-2011 - Bill and Rita Clements Research Fellowship for the Study of Southwestern History, William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University to enable fieldwork and writing for book project Picturing the Mexican Border Towns along the Lower Rio Grande.
2007 - Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University, "Nature and Culture in the Sky Islands Borderlands" Department of History and School of Geographical Sciences, $9,875 to support Border Field Institute in May 2007 (co-PI Paul Hirt).
2005 - Distinguished Service Award, Association of Pacific Coast Geographers.
2004 - National Geographic Society, Committee for Research and Exploration, $5,000 grant to support project "Mexican Border City Landscape Change: An Analysis Using Repeat Photography."
2003 - John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize from the Association of American Geographers, for Tejano South Texas.
2003 - Distinguished Scholar Award, American Ethnic Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers.
2003 - Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers.