Adrian Burgos, Jr.

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Personal profile

Research Interests

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

Professional Information

I am a historian that specializes inUS 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.”

Honors & 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

Office Address

445b Gregory Hall, MC-466
810 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Phone

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of Michigan

… → 2000

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Research Output 2001 2016

Review: M. S. Halfon's Tales from the Deadball Era: Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the Wildest Times in Baseball History

Burgos, A., Jun 1 2016, In : Historian. 78, 2, p. 326-327 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Teaching forum on sport and politics

Alegi, P., Bass, A., Burgos, A., Elsey, B. & Saavedra, M., May 2016, In : Radical History Review. 125, p. 187-198 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cultural Studies
Historical Research

Review: J. Iber's (ed.) More Than Just Peloteros: Sports and US Latino Communities

Burgos, A., Nov 1 2015, In : Journal of sport history. 42, 3, p. 425-427 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Changing the Landscape of America’s Game: Jewish Entrepreneurs and Black Baseball

Burgos, A., 2014, Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American. Perelman, J. (ed.). National Museum of American Jewish History, p. 138-143

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Review: D. Spivey's "If You Were Only White":The Life of Leroy "Satchel" Paige

Burgos, A., Jan 1 2014, In : Missouri Historical Review. 108, 2, p. 146-147 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Activities 2008 2017

  • 20 Invited talk
  • 4 Consultancy
  • 3 Editorial activity

Bridging the Divide: Alex Pompez and the Transformation of America's Game

Adrian Burgos (Keynote speaker)
Oct 8 2012

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

The Making of a Cuban Star: How Alex Pompez Changed the face of baseball

Adrian Burgos (Invited speaker)
Mar 1 2012

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Race Man: The Life and Times of Jackie Robinson (2 episodes)

Adrian Burgos (Advisor)
Jun 2013Apr 2016

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Whither Jackie Robinson

Adrian Burgos (Panelist)
Oct 15 2013

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Playing with Fire II: Race and Sport in American Culture

Adrian Burgos (Invited speaker)
Feb 12 2013

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk


Playing America's Game

Adrian Burgos


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Honors & Recognition