Tomás Summers Sandoval is an associate professor of Chicana/o~Latina/o Studies and History at Pomona College, in Claremont, CA.

His research focuses on the history of Chicano/Latino communities in the modern United States, often with an emphasis on California. He is the author of Latinos at the Golden Gate (UNC Press, 2013).  In 2017 he curated Vietnam Veteranos: Mexican America and the Legacy of Vietnam, a multimedia public history exhibit funded by California Humanities.

He is currently at work on a book manuscript, On the Edge of Things: The Vietnam War in Mexican America.  Based on oral histories with Chicano/Latino Vietnam vets and their families, the book is a social history of “the brown baby boom” using the Vietnam War as a window into the larger history of Mexican American communities in the mid-20th century Southwest.

With support from The Whiting Foundation, he is also producing a stage play he developed based on these same veterano oral histories.  The play runs in Los Angeles beginning May 17, 2018.  More details (including ticket sales) will be forthcoming in April.


FRI • FEB 9 • 6:00-7:30PM • Kirk Douglas Theater
I’ll be part of a panel discussion titled “Coming Home From Combat.”  Sponsored by Center Theater Group, it’s one of their a “Community Conversation” programs related to the play Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue. For more info, visit their event site.

SAT • FEB 10 • 3:15PM • Cal Poly Pomona
I’m presenting a paper at the Historical Society of Southern California Conference. Check out the full program online.

FRI • FEB 23 • 2:30PM • UC Santa Barbara
I’m presenting a paper at the Sal Castro Memorial Conference at UCSB.  The two-day event is free and open to the public.

SAT • APR 7 • 1:15PM
I’ll be in the city giving a lecture on the history of Latinos in San Francisco, for San Francisco City Guides.

WED • APR 18 • 7:00PM • Berkeley
I’ll be in Berkeley talking about my current work on the Vietnam War and “Mexican America” at a dinner event at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), located at 2521 Channing Way.  The event is free and sponsored by the California Studies Association and the IRLE.

THU • APR 19• 12:00PM • UC Berkeley
I’ll be giving a formal lecture on my Vietnam War research at UC Berkeley’s Center for Latino Policy Research, located at the Shorb House (2547 Channing Way).  For more information, see their list of spring events.

FRI • APR 27 • 3:00PM • Fullerton Marriot/CSU Fullerton
I’m presenting a paper at the Southwest Oral History Association Conference, meeting in Fullerton, CA.  Information on the two-day event can be found on their website.