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 September 2018. More details (including ticket sales) are forthcoming.