Adrian Burgos, Jr

Professor of History
Professor of African American Studies
Professor of Latina/Latino Studies
HISTORY; Affiliated Faculty of Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Center for Global Studies
American Indian Studies

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • US Latino History, Sport History, Urban History, African American History

Research Description

  • I am a historian that specializes in US Latino history, Sport history, Urban history, and African American history. My teaching,publications, and public engagement have focused on the migration and immigration experience of Latinos within the United States as it illuminates processes of racialization, identity formation, urbanization, and labor. In particular, I examine the manner Latinos have become part of U.S. society while simultaneously engaging in transnational practices wherein many strove to retain their cultural identities. My first book, Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line (University of California Press, 2007), analyzes the incorporation of players from the Spanish-speaking Americas into U.S. professional baseball to illuminate the working of baseball’s color line. My second book Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball (Hill & Wang, 2011), takes my interest in race and baseball integration further as it explores what it means to be black and brown in the United States through Alejandro “Alex” Pompez’s life story, an Afro-Cuban-American who went from a Negro League team owner and Harlem numbers king to a Major League scout that opened the Dominican talent pipeline. My scholarship on Latinos in baseball has also led to my collaborating as an academic advisor on museum exhibits such as the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Viva Baseball! and documentaries such as Roberto Clemente and The Tenth Inning.

    My interests in the intersection of race, immigration, popular culture, and urban history led to my collaboration with Frank Guridy and Gina Pérez on the anthology Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America (New York University Press, 2010).

    The courses I teach at Illinois include Caribbean Latino Migrations, Latinos & Cities, Urban History, and Sport & Society, along with more specialized themed courses such as “Integration Stories,” “A Tale of Two Integrations,” and “Race and the City.”


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2000

Distinctions / Awards

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Grant, Comprehensive Study of African Americans in Baseball History, Negro League Research/Authors Group, 2001-05
  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Research Council, 2004-2005
  • Latina/o Book Award, Latin American Studies Association, September 2007
  • Finalist, Seymour Medal, Society of American Baseball Researchers, 2008
  • Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award for Teaching and Mentoring in Diversity, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access, Univ. of Illinois, Spring 2013
  • Centennial Scholar, College of Liberal Arts and Science, Univ. of Illinois, 2013-2016.
  • CIC-ALP Fellow (Consortium for Institutional Cooperation-Academic Leadership Program), Office of the Provost, Univ. of Illinois, 2015-16
  • Grand Challenge Teaching Fellow, Office of the Provost, Univ. of Illinois, Fall 2016-Spring 2018

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LLS Titles & Affiliations

  • Professor of History, Affiliate of Latina/Latino Studies, African American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Center for Global Studies



  • Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball . New York: Hill & Wang, 2012.

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    Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball. New York: Hill & Wang, 2011.

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    Playing America's Game(s): Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2007.

  • Hogan, Larry, Adrian Burgos, and et al. Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African American Baseball. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2006.

Book Contributions

  • Burgos, Adrian. "“Changing the Landscape of America’s Game: Jewish Entrepreneurs and Black Baseball,” ." Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American . Philadelphia: National Museum of American Jewish History, 2014. 138-43.

  • "Playing Ball in a Black and White ‘Field of Dream’: Afro-Caribbean Ballplayers in the Negro Leagues, 1910-1950." Béisbol. Greenwood, 2012.

  • "Latinos and Baseball’s Integration." Béisbol. Greenwood, 2012.

  • "Integrating Afro-Latinos: Interrogating Narratives of Baseball’s Racial Past and Present." Afro-Latino Reader: History and Culture in the United States. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.

  • "Becoming Suspects: Latinos, Baseball, and Belonging in a Multi-racial America." Beyond el Barrio. New York: NYU Press, 2010.

  • "Introduction." Introduction. Beyond el Barrio. New York: New York University, 2010.

  • Burgos, Adrian. "Learning America's Other Game: Baseball, Race, and the Study of Latinos." Latino Popular Culture: Cultural Politics into the 21st Century. Ed. Mary Romero and Michelle Habell-Pallan. New York: New York University Press, 2002. 225-239.

  • Burgos, Adrian. "The Latins from Manhattan." Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York. Ed. Agustin Lao-Montes and Arlene Davila. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001. 71-93.

Edited Books

  • Beyond el Barrio: The Politics of Everyday Life in Latina/o America. New York: NYU Press, 2010.

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    Perez, Gina M., Frank A. Guridy, and Adrian Burgos. Beyond el Barrio: The Politics of Everyday Life in Latina/o America. New York: New York University Press, 2010.

Journal Articles

  • Alegi, Peter, Amy Bass, Adrian Burgos, Brenda Elsey, and Martha Saavedra. "Teaching Forum on Sport and Politics." Radical History Review 125 (2016): 187-98.

  • "Latino History: An Interchange on Present Realities and Future Prospects." Journal of American History 97.2 (2014): 424-63.

  • "Wait Tell Next Year: Response to Amy Bass’ State of the Field of Sport History." Journal of American History 101.1 (2014): 176-80.

  • "Left Out: Afro-Latinos, Black Baseball, and the Revision of the History of Jim Crow Baseball." Social Text (2009): 37-58.

  • "Teaching Migration, Race, and Place: A US Latino Historian’s Perspective." Journal of American Ethnic History 28.2 (2009): 65-70.

  • Burgos, Adrian. "Entering Cuba’s other playing field - Cuban baseball and the choice between race and nation, 1887-1912." Journal Of Sport & Social Issues 29.1 (2005): 9-40.

  • "Playing Ball In a Black and White Field of Dreams: Afro-Caribbean Ballplayers in the Negro Leagues, 1910-1950." Journal of Negro History 82.1 (1997): 67-104.

Newspaper Articles

  • "Let’s Honor Jackie Robinson’s Wishes on the 40th Anniversary of His Death." Progressive Media Project . 24 Oct. 2012.

  • "Is Bud Selig Branch Rickey or Judge Landis?." Progressive Media Project Op-Ed. 24 May 2010.

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