Robert is the author of 15 academic books and articles on race, immigration, history, law, education, and Christianity.  He received the award for best book in Latina/o Studies from the international Latin American Studies Association, and is an InterVarsity Press author. His current research examines the role of Christian faith in the life of César Chávez and Latina/o Christian social justice movements. Selected titles include:

“Immigration and the Latina/o Community.” In, Still Evangelical? Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning, ed. Mark Labberton (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2018).  

“The Spiritual Praxis of César Chávez.”  Perspectivas: Journal of the Hispanic Theological Initiative (Princeton Theological Seminary).  Issue 14. Spring 2017. 

“Towards a Perspective of the Christian-Ethnic Studies Borderlands and Critical Race Theory in Christianity.” ChristianityNext Journal.  Winter 2017: 45-65.

“Migration as Grace.”  International Journal of Urban Transformation.  Lead article in special issue entitled, “Addressing Global Immigration in Urban Areas.”  October 2016, Volume 1.  

The Brown Church:  Toward a Perspective of Latina/o Christian History and Identity (under contract, InterVarsity Press Academic).  Projected publication date, Spring 2019. 

The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940.  University of Arizona Press (2010). 

Recipient of Latina/o Studies Section Book Award, Latin American Studies Association.

Recognized in Critical Mass:  The blog of the National Book Critics   Circle Board of Directors, as one of the top ten small press books published in the United States in 2010. Now in 2nd Edition. Reviewed in 19 academic and journalistic outlets.  The Chinese in Mexico is housed in hundreds of university libraries throughout Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
Jesus for Revolutionaries: An Introduction to Race, Social Justice, and Christianity. Christian Ethnic Studies Center Press (2013).  Book featured in The Christian Post.    

“Fisher v. Texas:  A History of Affirmative Action and Policy Implications for Latinos and Higher Education.”  UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Research Report, No. 17, October 2013.

The United States Supreme Court Ruling in Fisher v. Texas: Implications for Latinos and Higher Education.”  UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Policy Brief, No. 28, October 2013.  

“Law, Social Policy, and the Latina/o Education Pipeline.”  UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Research Report, No. 15, October 2012.  

“Doss v. Bernal:  Ending Apartheid in Orange County. “ UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Research Report, No. 14, February 2012.

Romero, Robert Chao and Kevin Escudero.  “’Asian-Latinos’ and the United States
Census.”  UCLA AAPI Nexus Journal. Vol. 10, No. 2., Fall 2012.   

“El Destierro de los Chinos”:  Popular Perspectives of Chinese-Mexican Intermarriage in the Early Twentieth Century,” in The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán, 1970-2010, eds. Chon A. Noriega, Eric Avila,  Republication of Aztlán:  A Journal of Chicano Studies 32, no. 1 (Spring 2007).

“El Destierro de los Chinos”:  Popular Perspectives of Chinese-Mexican Interracial Marriage in the Early Twentieth.  Aztlán:  A Journal of Chicano Studies 32, no. 1 (Spring 2007).
"Transnational Commercial Orbits," in A Companion to California History, eds. William Deverell and David Igler (Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

 “Transnational Chinese Immigrant Smuggling to the United States via Mexico and Cuba, 1882-1916.”  Amerasia Journal  30, no. 3 (2004/2005):  1-16.  


The brown church:  towards a perspective of Latina/o Christian social justice history and identity (intervarsity press academic)

Robert is currently writing The Brown Church as part of a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant. Many Latina/o millennials feel trapped in the “borderlands” of institutional religion and social justice activism.  In response, this book calls Latina/o student activists to a “Brown Christian identity”rooted in the 500 year history of Latina/o Christian social justice activism in Latin America and the United States.   

From Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Bartolomé de Las Casas, to the iconic civil rights movement of César Chávez, to the Central American sanctuary movement of the 1980’s and the contemporary immigration reform movement, Christian faith has been at the heart of Latina/o social justice activism in both Latin America and the United States.  It is my contention that these various Latina/o Christian social justice pioneers and movements over the past 500 years form what may be called the “Brown Church.”  As a natural outgrowth of its prophetic advocacy efforts and praxis, moreover, the Brown Church has developed a unique and consistent body of theology based upon the Christian Scriptures which may be termed “Brown Theology.”   


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Jesus for revolutionaries: an introduction to race, social justice, and christianity

Is Christianity a racist, classist, and sexist religion of the "colonizers"? This book is a theological, historical, and sociological introduction to Jesus and the world of Christian social justice for activists.  Not for your average Christian looking to investigate race and social justice for the first time, but for the "woke" Activists of Color among us.  

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