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Melissa L. Hampton


portrait of UW History Professor Melissa Hampton

History Building Room 360


Melissa L. Hampton specializes in modern United States history, with a research emphasis at the intersection of U.S. immigration history, gender and women’s history, and the history of sexuality. She is currently working on a project entitled “The Gendered Politics of Refugee Resettlement in the Cuban Mariel Migration of 1980,” in which she examines how gender influenced the reception and resettlement patterns of Cubans who arrived in the United States during the Mariel Boatlift. She focuses, in particular, on Cuban women and how they became central to many of the national debates and anxieties surrounding the status of Cuban refugees (and immigrants more generally) by the early 1980s. Melissa is finishing up her PhD from the Department of History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She holds a BA in History and a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.


Research Interests

Modern America, U.S. Immigration History, History of Sexuality, Women and Gender



Review of Hideaki Kami, Diplomacy Meets Migration: US Relations with Cuba during the Cold War (Cambridge University Press, 2018), in International Migration Review (forthcoming)

“Constructing the Deviant Woman: Gendered Stigma of the 1980 Cuban Mariel Migration” Special Issue: Gender and Migration Scholarship in the 21st Century American Behavioral Scientist 61, No. 10 (September 2017), pp. 1086-1102

Courses taught

U.S. From 1865

U.S. and the World

American Encounters from 1850

U.S. in Latin America

Latin America

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