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Evie Eysenburg

Evie Eysenburg, a retired math and English teacher, has been an ephemera dealer for over twenty years. An avid researcher, her curiosity about trade cards with the phrase “The Chinese Must Go” and references to someone named “Denis” started her on a journey that has culminated in a large collection of images and objects. She uses those research skills as a crossword puzzle tester for the New York Times.

Evie also serves as copy editor for the Ephemera News and was honored with a Reward of Merit from the Ephemera Society.

Margaret Salazar-Porzio

Margaret Salazar-Porzio is a Curator of Latina/o History and Culture in the Division of Home and Community Life at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History with interests and expertise in 20th century visual and material culture of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands; race, immigration and national identity in U.S. urban history; and K-20 education.

In this role, Salazar-Porzio has co-curated an exhibit on American cultural identity and immigration called Many Voices, One Nation, which opened in June 2017. She is lead editor of the exhibition book, Many Voices, One Nation: Material Culture Reflections on Race and Migration in the United States (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2017), which was recently named one of CHOICE’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017.

Dr. Salazar-Porzio also spearheads other projects including “Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues” with 30 partners in 14 states and Puerto Rico.

Prior to joining the Smithsonian Institution, Salazar-Porzio earned her M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2010) in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. She served as an Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer at the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia University Law School and received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and National Science Foundations.

She combines her experiences growing up in Southern California with deep commitments to education, equality, and democratic engagement in the service of her work at the National Museum of American History.

Dr. Salazar-Porzio has been selected to present at ESA 39 on her paper entitled: “Ephemera Across Borders: How Latino Immigration has Evolved in the late 20th Century”

Contact Info
Margaret Salazar-Porzio, Ph.D.
Curator, National Museum of American History
14th and Constitution Avenue, NW
MRC 615 │ P.O. Box 37012 │ Washington, DC 20013-7012
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Fred E. Woods

Fred E. Woods is a professor at Brigham Young University and specializes in Mormon maritime migration in the 19th century. He has published dozens of works on this subject and is the chief editor and compiler of the academic website “Mormon Migration” which contains a wealth of information on this riveting topic: See

Mr. Woods has been selected to present at ESA 39 on his paper entitled: “The Sail Before the Trail: Latter-day Immigration to America”.

Sheng-mei Ma

Sheng-mei Ma is Professor of English at Michigan State University in Michigan, USA, specializing in Asian Diaspora and East-West comparative studies. His books in English include: Sinophone-Anglophone Cultural Duet (2017); The Last Isle (2015); Alienglish (2014); Asian Diaspora and East-West Modernity (2012); Diaspora Literature and Visual Culture (2011); East-West Montage (2007); The Deathly Embrace (2000); and Immigrant Subjectivities in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Literatures (1998).

Professor Sheng-mei Ma has been selected to present at ESA 39 on his paper entitled: “What’s UP, Sam Wah? Whitewashing Chinese Laundrymen”.