David Montejano

Job title: 
Professor Emeritus
Department of Ethnic Studies

David Montejano is Professor of the Graduate School of the University of California, Berkeley.  Previously he was Professor of Ethnic Studies and History and Chair of the Center for Latino Policy Research.  He joined the Berkeley faculty in 2002.  Before coming to Berkeley, he was an Associate Professor of History and Sociology and Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.   

Professor Montejano’s major areas of interest include Comparative and Historical Sociology, Political Sociology, Social Change, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Community Studies.  A native of San Antonio, Texas, he received a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and two Masters and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University.

During his time in Texas, Dr. Montejano served on the Texas Commission on the Arts (1992-1998) as a Governor Ann Richards appointee.  He was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 1995.  As Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas, Dr. Montejano spearheaded several initiatives in higher education, including the design of the Texas Top Ten Percent admissions plan, which became state law in 1997.  At the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Montejano was instrumental in developing the Center for Latino Policy Research from a third-floor operation into the new Latinx Research Center with a three-story house.  Recently, Dr. Montejano was a consultant for the PBS series on “Latino Americans.”

Research interests: 

Community studies, comparative and historical sociology, development, ethnographic and historical methods, political sociology, race and ethnic relations, social change.