Laura Barraclough is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. She received her PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. Her scholarship integrates archival, ethnographic, and spatial analyses of urban life and culture. She is the author of Making the San Fernando Valley: Rural Landscapes, Urban Development, and White Privilege (University of Georgia, 2011) and, with co-authors Laura Pulido and Wendy Cheng, A People’s Guide to Los Angeles (University of California, 2012), an alternative tourist guidebook that highlights sites of racial, gender, sexual, labor, and environmental struggle in LA’s vernacular landscapes. A People’s Guide to LA received the Globe Award for Public Understanding of Geography from the Association of American Geographers and the Southern California Independent Bookseller Association Award for Non-Fiction. Dr. Barraclough is co-editor of the new People’s Guide book series for UC Press, with guidebooks forthcoming in New York City, Atlanta, Detroit, and other cities. She is currently working on a book project that investigates the production of ethnic Mexican masculinity and immigrant illegality through charrería (Mexican rodeo) in the US Southwest. Articles from that project have recently been published in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and Ethnic and Racial Studies. She has taught at Kalamazoo College, Antioch University Los Angeles, and California State University Fullerton.