Natalia Molina is Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is the author of two award-winning books, How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts and Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1940, and co-editor of Relational Formations of Race: Theory, Method and Practice. Her new book Placemaking at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant in Los Angeles Nourished its Community will be published by University of California Press in 2022, and she is currently writing about the history of Mexican workers at the Huntington Library and Gallery in Los Angeles. A 2020 MacArthur Fellow, she has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Ford, Rockefeller, and Mellon Foundations.