Associate Professor, Department of History
Associate Professor, Latina/Latino Studies Program
Adrian Burgos, Jr., arrived at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2001 after receiving his doctorate (US History) from the University of Michigan. A specialist in US Latino history, African American Studies, sport history, and urban history, his research is concerned with the intersections of race, nation, and culture between the United States and the Spanish-speaking Americas. In June 2007 the University of California Press published his book Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line, that examines the impact that the incorporation of Latinos in US professional baseball had on baseball's color line and racial understandings locally and transnationally.
His academic articles have appeared in Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Journal of Negro History, and Centro: Journal of the Center of Puerto Rican Studies. In addition, he has contributed chapters to Latina/o Popular Culture and Mambo Montage. From 2001 through 2005 Burgos was the associate director of a research team awarded $250,000 to conduct a comprehensive study of African Americans in baseball history by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2006 the group published Shades of Glory for which he was a contributing author. His current projects include Harlem's Numbers King: A Life Story of Alejandro Pompez and a co-edited anthology (with Gina Pérez and Frank Guridy) Beyond the Barrio: Everyday Life in Latino America.
Caribbean Latino Migrations
Latinos and Cities
Race and the City
Burgos, Jr., A. (2007). Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.; was named the recipient of the Latina/o Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association (official as of Sept 6, 2007)
Co-author with Larry Hogan (lead), Adrian Burgos, Leslie Heaphy, Neil Lanctot, Michael Lomax, James Overmyer, Robert Peterson. Rob Ruck, and Lyle Wilson. Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African American Baseball (Washington, DC: National Geographic Books, 2006).
“Entering Cuba’s Other Playing Field: Cuban Baseball and the Choice between Race and Nation,” Journal of Sport and Social Issues vol. 29 no. 1 (Feb. 2005): 9-40.
Adrian Burgos' Curriculum Vitae