Aitana Guia

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Aitana Guia, Ph.D.

Aitana Guia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History


Aitana Guia is a social and political historian of Modern Europe. Her areas of expertise are nationalism, migrants, and minorities in post-war Europe. She has published two books, The Muslim Struggle for Civil Rights in Spain: Promoting Democracy through Migrant Engagement, 1985-2010 (Sussex Academic Press, 2014) and La llengua negociada: El manteniment del conflicte politic sobre la llengua (Tres i Quatre, 2001).

Before coming to Fullerton, Dr. Guia researched nativism as a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She has also worked as Assistant Protection Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Caracas, Venezuela, and as interpreter and translator for immigrants and refugees in Canada.


2012, Ph.D., Modern History, York University (Toronto, Canada)

2002, M.Sc., Ethnicity and Nationalism, London School of Economics (London, UK)

Research Areas

Nationalism, migration, and minorities in post-war Europe; Islam in Europe; Nativism and anti-immigrant prejudice; migrant social movements; cultural diversity management.

Courses Regularly Taught

HIST 429B Europe since 1945

HIST 320 Modern Europe

HIST 110B World History

Soon to come: Islam in Europe, the Spanish Civil War, Nationalism, Minorities, and Migrants in Modern Europe

Grants & Special Projects

In her doctoral thesis, Dr. Guia looked at the migrant struggle for civil rights and belonging in Spain in the democratic period starting in 1975.  There she investigated how, by advocating for religious pluralism, rights as non-status residents, and a broader appreciation of Spanish culture and identity, migrants from predominantly Morocco and Pakistan have strengthened rather than imperilled liberal democracy in Spain and in Western Europe more broadly.  Dr. Guia’s current research project explores the phenomenon of nativism, a particular construction of nationalism defined by its anti-immigration agenda, in the United States, Canada, and Europe.