women run at track meet
Jackson track meet, 1920

Somervile/Cambridge Community History Project: Reports by Topic



“The Evolution of the Latino Community in Cambridge, Massachusetts” by Andrew Hara, Ariana Flores, Galen Maze and Radhika Thakkar, Spring 2002


“The Brazilian Immigrant Experience: A Study on the Evolution of a Brazilian Community in Somerville and the Greater Boston Area” by Daniel Becker, Fall 2006



“From Yucuaiquín to Somerville: Religious Beliefs and Traditions of a Transnational Community” by Sebastián Chaskel, Fall 2004


“Religion and Community among Somerville Latinos” by Spencer Hickock with Vicente Cruz, Fall 2004


“Christian Latinos in Cambridge: Communities of Faith that Rise Above” by Kerry Biggs, Spring 2003


“Hispanic America: Systemic Poverty & the Evangelical Church in Cambridge, MA” by Elizabeth Butler, Spring 2003


“Churches in Somerville: the role of religion in an immigrant city” by Kaitlyn Bowles, 2010


Business and Economic Concerns

“Concerns of the Latino Business Community in Somerville, Mass.” by Dalia Palchik, Fall 2004


“Latina Buisness Owners in Cambridge, MA” by Meredith Green, Spring 2003


“The Latino Business Community in Somerville, MA” by David Pistrang and Emily Chasan, Fall 2003


“Latinos in the Economy of Cambridge” by Rachel Long and Richard Nightingale, Spring 2002


“Korean-American businesses in Somerville” by Jeewon Kim, 2010


“A brief glimpse into how immigrants keep in touch with their homeland” by Lucas de Soto, 2010


“South Asian immigrant businesses in Somerville” by Eugenia Lee, 2010


“A flavor of Haiti in Somerville: a look at the Haitian community in Somerville and how it will be effected by the Green Line Extension Project” by Cassandra Barthelemy, 2010


“An examination of Somerville’s ‘local food movement’ among the Brazilian population: a foreshadowing of their exclusion from the Green Line Extension” by Rachael Plitch, 2010


“Indian and Nepali immigrant businesses in Somerville: a study of growing communities” by Alexis Daniels, 2010


“Magoun Square past and present: ethnographies of immigrant business owners” by Steven Weiss, 2010


“Small businesses in a changing community: Somerville’s laundromats, dry cleaners, & tailors” by Emily Schwartz, 2010


“Somerville’s beauty salons: unique spaces of lingustic development” by Caroline Kokulis and Elizabeth Sheehan, 2010


“Word-of-mouth: communication, culture & business in Somerville’s Haitian community” by Amatoga Jeremie, 2010


Sports, Arts, Culture

“Painting, Singing and Dancing Ourselves: The Role of Artistic Production in Young Latinos’ Development in Somerville” by Juliana Slocum, Fall 2008


 “Bridges and Barriers: Latino Visual Artistic Expression in Somerville, MA” by Julia Mitarotondo, Fall 2008


 “Bringing Culture to the Streets: Community Development through Art in East Somerville” by Anna Pierson, Fall 2008


“Sounding out Identity:  The Place of Female Brazilian Singers in Greater Somerville” by Caitlin Felsman, Fall 2008


‘Jogo de Capoeira’: The Dance-Fight Game from Brazil to Somerville” by Namibia Lebron-Torres, Fall 2008


“This is my Language: Agency, Identity and Community among Latino/a artists in Somerville” by Jessie Sofio, Fall 2008


“Reinventing Tradition: The Music and Dance of Latin America in Somerville, MA” by Sarah Driscoll, Fall 2008


“Latin Dance in Somerville: Examining Dance Through The Lens of Space, Community, and Social Relations” by Julia Schiff, Fall 2008


“Making Music to Make a Home: The Roles of Brazilian Music in Somerville” , by Abigail Burg, Fall 2008


“For the love of the Game: Latino Soccer Leagues in Somerville, Massachusetts” by Joel Cohen, Fall 2003


“Latino Cultural Expression in Cambridge” by Brigid Brannigan, L. Sean Kennedy, and Annery Miranda, Spring 2002


“La Quinceañera: Performances of Race, Culture, Class, and Religion in the Somerville Community” by Sara Arcaya, Fall 2004


“Self-Representation and Community Building: Latino Artistic Expression in Cambridge, MA” by Chinar Mahadkar, Spring 2003


“Joga com Alegria, Joga Futebol: A journey to the heart of Brazilian soccer in Somerville and the Greater Boston Area” by Amod Rajbhandari, Fall 2006


Political and Civic Engagement

“A History of Human and Civil Rights in the Somerville Latino Community”  by Lindsey Nicholson and Adrienne Van Nieuwenhuizen, Fall 2004


“The Movers and Shakers of Cambridge, Massachusetts” by John Keogh and Kathleen Flahive, May 2002


“On Common Ground: Latino Immigrant Community-Building in Somerville”by Nora Martin-Cooley, Fall 2003


“Political Participation within the Latino Community of Somerville” by Yanelly Molina, Fall 2004


“Centro Presente: Building Community and Awareness of Rights among the Latin American Immigrant Population in Massachusetts” by Shoshana Grossman-Crist, Fall 2006.


“Latino Leadership: Civic and political participation of Latinos in Somerville” by Diego Villalobos Zamora,  Fall 2006.


Health, Education, Language, and Family Issues

“Change and Challenge in the Education System: Latino Students in Somerville” by Marcelo Norsworthy, Fall 2006.


“Somerville Women’s Stories” by Rebecca Hayes, Fall 2006.


“English Language Acquisition: The Opportunities and Experience of Somerville Latino Community”by Lerome Lesser, Fall 2003


“Salvadorans in Somerville: Changes in Family Structure and Gender Roles among Salvadoran Immigrants” by Cecilia Dos Santos and Lexie McGovern, Fall 2003


“Speaking in Tongues: Latinos, Medical Interpreting, and Translation Issues in Somerville” by Julia Goldberg and Leah Rogers, Fall 2004


“Cambridge Youth Organizations: Where do Latino Youth fit in?” by Marisa Romo, Spring 2003


“The Latino Oral History Project: Health Care for Latinos in Cambridge, MA” by Casey Rebholz, Spring 2003


“Coming of Age in Somerville” by Avantika Taneja, Fall 2004