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Graduate Student Profiles

Pedro Enrique Puentes

Cohort Year: 2021

A.A., Los Angeles Harbor College, 2017, History
B.A. California State University, Northridge, 2019, History
M.A., California State University, Northridge 2021, History
Advisor: Ana Elizabeth Rosas
First Field: U.S History
I am always proud to tell people that I am from South Central Los Angeles. Having lived in both Compton and Watts, two heavily Latino and African American communities known for poverty and crime inspires me. I am living proof that anything is possible with a good support system. As a Mexican-American and a History major, I have begun to examine the relationship between my people and the state of California, and it has often been a relationship of conflict. As a History Ph.D. student at UC Irvine, my goal is to create role models for Latinos/as/x and Chicanos/as/x in higher education. Pursuing this field of study will give me the tools to educate the youth on how these relationships we have now have been shaped by our history and how we can make them better.


  • Diversity Recruitment Fellowship, UCI Graduate Division, (Summer 2021)
  • School of Humanities’ Fellowship, UCI School of Humanities, Academic Year 2021-2022
  • The Charles Macune Award, CSUN Department of History, (2021)
  • The Matador Scholarship Program Mexican-American Community Scholarship Endowment, CSUN,  Academic Year 2020-2021
  • The John Baur Scholarship, CSUN Department of History
  • The Charles Macune Award, CSUN Department of History, (2019)
  • Dean’s List, CSUN (Fall 2018)
  • Full Time Dean’s Honor List, LAHC (Fall 2016)