Migration and Racism in the Americas: The Case of Migrants in the United States

Ramón Grosfoguel and Julia Roth

Part of Mobilities and Migration Across the Americas

January 29, 2021

Event Description

This is the first event in a four-part lecture series on “Mobilities and Migration across the Americas,” organized by the German Historical Institute. Bringing together scholars from Latin America and the Caribbean, Anglo-America, and Europe, this lecture series aims provide a platform for engaging and inspiring interdisciplinary debates. 

The exclusion of migrants and their descendants based on racism and xenophobia has a long historical tradition, particularly in the United States and Europe. The recent spike of populism and the securitization of borders highlight the urgency of discussing these topics in an intertwined and transregional perspective. Ramón Grosfoguel will address related questions in his lecture, and Julia Roth will provide a contextual analysis of his presentation.


Ramón Grosfoguel is a professor of Chicano/Latino Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He belongs to the Modernity / Coloniality Group and is internationally recognized for his work on decolonization of knowledge and power as well as for his work in international migration and political-economy of the world-system.

Julia Roth is a professor for American Studies with a focus on Gender Studies and Inter-American Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. Her research focuses on postcolonial, decolonial and gender approaches, intersectionality and global inequalities, anti-racist feminist knowledge from the Caribbean and the Americas.


Organized by Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington at the University of California, Berkeley, German Historical Institute Washington, D.C., co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American; the Institute of European Studies; Global, International & Area Studies.