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  • Darius V. Echeverría
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Lecturer in American History and Dean
Columbia University in the City of New York
Columbia College | Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of History | Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

Professor Echeverría received his B.A. (magna cum laude) in History from Rutgers University and earned his Ph.D. in History from Temple University in Philadelphia. As a Lecturer in both Columbia’s Department of History and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER), he specializes in Latinx Studies, Mexican American History, Political History, Social Movements, and Sport and Society.  He also leads the Senior Project Seminar for CSER, which is designed to develop and hone the skills necessary to complete an advanced senior thesis project. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Columbia, he serves as an undergraduate academic dean. He has held his full-time dual appointments at Columbia University since 2013. Professor Echeverría has been a faculty member at Rutgers University since 2006, with the current standing of Lecturer II.

As a historian, his teaching, scholarship, and public engagement focus on inequality and social policy; cycles of agency related to constitutional rights; the American Presidency in historical perspective; the conjunction of film and television history; baseball studies; and the formation of racial, ethnic, class, national, and transnational identities. He is the author of Aztlán Arizona (University of Arizona Press, 2014), a history of the Chicano Movement in Arizona during the 1960s and 1970s. Furthermore, he has produced numerous publications, including book chapters, edited works, journal articles, essays, and digital content on not only the culture, history and life of Latinx communities, but on the broader American experience. 

Previously, he also served as a political aide to New Jersey and federal government-appointed and elected officials, including the New Jersey Governor’s Office and presidential and senatorial administrations. Dr. Echeverría holds several leadership positions in national, statewide, regional, and university organizations, advisory councils, government task forces, and editorial boards.