Welcome to my University of Arizona homepage!


Photo from the first Arizona Spotlight recorded in front of a live audience on January 24, 2016 to launch Dimelo: Stories of the Southwest.

I have been at the The Department of Mexican American Studies (MAS) since 2003.  I teach the Introduction to Mexican American Studies and a Latin@ Urbanization course for undergraduates.  I encourage graduate students to enroll in my Mexicana/Chicana History course.

Born and raised in Tucson, my deep family roots on both sides of the Arizona-Sonora border inspired my interest in regional history.  My newest research project investigates the history and politics involved in establishing Mexican American museums and cultural centers.

View of city of Tucson, Arizona, from Gates Pass in the Tucson Mountains.Photograph by Jefferson Reid.








Javelina, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona 

My email is lotero@u.arizona.edu