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 two projects based on oral histories with Chicano/Latino Vietnam vets and their families: a book examining the impact of the Vietnam War on Latino communities; and, with support from The Whiting Foundation, a stage play (to be performed in May/June 2018).


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.

I’ll be in the city conducting a workshop on the history of Latinos in San Francisco for San Francisco City Guides.

WED • APR 18 • 5:00PM • Berkeley
I’ll be in Berkeley sharing my current work on the Vietnam War and Latino communities. The dinner event is sponsored by the California Studies Association and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

FRI • APR 27 • 3:00PM • Fullerton
I’m presenting a paper at the Southwest Oral History Association Conference.