Lydia Otero

Associate Professor, Emeritus

Lydia R. Otero was a faculty member in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona from 2003 to 2020. They specialized in Public and Oral History, Latinx Urbanization and Placemaking in Latinx Communities. Otero's essays on (Re)claiming Place and History, Heritage Conservation and Collective Memory have appeared in various book anthologies and scholarly journals. In 2011, their book La Calle: Spatial Conflicts and Urban Renewal in a Southwestern City (2010) won a Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association. In 2019, Otero released In the Shadows of the Freeway: Growing Up Brown & Queer which combines personal memoir and the historical archive. More information at

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