Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz

Associate Professor
Associate Chair

Photo: Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz

Affiliated Faculty, UNM Law School
Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians
Review Editor, Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum

Phone: (505) 277-2046
Office: Mesa Vista 2095


B.A. in History, Columbia University, 1992
M.A. in History, University of Chicago, 1997
Ph.D. in History, University of Chicago, 2002

Research Interests:

United States Urban History, Latino History, Architectural and Cultural Landscape History, Legal History, History of Capitalism, Historical and Critical Geography


Dr. Sandoval-Strausz specializes in the social and cultural history of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. His recently-published article “Latino Landcapes: Postwar Cities and the Transnational Origins of a New Urban America (Journal of American History, Dec. 2014), won three prizes: the Urban History Association’s Arnold Hirsch Award, the Society for American City and Regional Planning History’s Catheine Bauer Wurster Prize, and the Society of Architectural Historians/Southeast Chapter’s Best Article Prize. His first book, Hotel: An American History (Yale University Press, 2007), won the American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch Book Award and was named a Best Book of 2007 by Library Journal. Click these links for book reviews and interviews featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, The Economist,, Reason, Columbia, City Journal, the Glasgow Herald, The Age (Melbourne),  Sotsial'nie i Gumanitarnie Nauk (Russian Federation), and Phoenix TV (China);

Recent/Select Publications:

"Latino Landscapes: Postwar Cities and the Transnational Origins of a New Urban America," Journal of American History 101 (2014)

"Latino Vernaculars and the Future of the American Landscape," Buildings & Landscapes 21 (2013)

"Spaces of Commerce: A Historiographic Introduction to Certain Architectures of Capitalism," Winterthur Portfolio 44 (2010)

"Homes for a World of Strangers: Hospitality and the Origins of Multiple Dwellings in America," Journal of Urban History 23 (2007)

"Travelers, Strangers, and Jim Crow: Law, Public Accommodations, and Civil Rights in America," Law and History Review 23 (2005)

"Princes and Maids of the City Hotel: The Cultural Politics of Commercial Hospitality in America" (with Daniel Levinson Wilk), Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts 25 (2005)

"A Public House for a New Republic: The Architecture of Accommodation and the American State, 1789-1809," Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture IX (2003)


2015 Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Article, Urban History Association (for “Latino Landscapes”)

2015 Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize for Best Article, Society for American City and Regional Planning History (for “Latino Landscapes”)

2015 Best Article Prize, Society of Architectural Historians, Southeast Chapter (for “Latino Landscapes”)

2013-2016 Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians

2013 Historian of the Year, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America Program

2010-2011 National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Research Award

2008 American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch Book Award for Hotel: An American History

2004-2005 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society (declined)

2001 Ignacio Martín-Baró Human Rights Essay Prize

1999-2000 University of Chicago William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship

1999-2000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (declined)

1999-2000 Huntington Library Research Fellowship

1999-2000 Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowship

1999-2000 New-York Historical Society Rosenwald Research Fellowship

1999-2000 Library Company of Philadelphia Research Fellowship

1999-2000 University of Chicago Von Holst Lectureship Prize

1998-1999 Harvard University Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. Traveling Fellowship


  • America to 1877
  • United States Since 1877
  • American Legal History
  • Historiography
  • History of Social Life and Leisure
  • Seminar in American Landscape History
  • Seminar on Markets, Capitalism, and Consumer Culture