Eddie Bonilla


My research focuses on Mexican American and Chicano Marxists and Communists during the twentieth century and their involvement in cross-racial activism. These groups worked closely, and eventually merged, with African Americans and Asian Americans between the 1970s and 1990.  I examine their polemics, propaganda, union organizing, and their common utilization of the Marxist canon such as the writings of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Antonio Gramsci, and Mao Zedong to understand how they provided alternative forms of organizing compared to cultural nationalism particularly during the Chicana/o movement. I also focus on how the United States utilized violence, surveillance, and infiltration to stifle the activism of Marxist-Leninists during the Cold War.

For the 2017-2018 academic year I will be a Mellon Fellow for Dissertation Research in Original Sources awarded by the Council on Library and Information Resources.

TA Experience: HST 202 U.S. History to 1876, HST 329 College Sports History, IAH 201 U.S. and the World, IAH 203 Latin America and the World, ISS 220: Time, Space, and Change Human Society

Year in Program: 5

Advisors: Dr. Juan Pescador & Dr. Edward Murphy

Committee: Dr. Delia Fernandez, Dr. Pero Dagbovie, Dr. Michael Stamm

Fields: United States History, Latin American History, African American History

Languages: Spanish

Educational Background: B.A., University of California Irvine, Chicano/Latino Studies, 2013.

Contact: bonillae@msu.edu

Eddie Bonilla, CV