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Curriculum Vitae

Barbara Zaragoza


  • Master of Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Master of Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
    Russian and East European Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts, The American University, Washington, D.C.
    International Studies, Cum Laude


Freelance Writer

  • Author of published books and articles for print and on-line publications.
  • Regular contributor to Neighborhood News Stories for San Diego Reader.
  • Lecturer, presenter and border tour guide for many organizations and schools on topics of history and politics.
  • Researcher, developer, curator and writer for the January 2018 Museum Exhibit of the Chula Vista Heritage Museum Fronterizos: A History of the Spanish Speaking People of the South Bay, San Diego
  • Grant writer for the Chula Vista Heritage Museum 2018 Exhibit: Fronterizos: The History of the Spanish Speaking Peoples of the South Bay, San Diego. Wrote and secured funding for two grants: the County of San Diego’s Community Enhancement Program Grant and the City of Chula Vista’s Performing and Visual Arts Grant.



Selected Articles:


  • 1st Place for News or Feature Series for South Bay Compass: An On­Line Portal For All Things South Bay, San Diego, San Diego Society of Professional Journalism 2016 Journalism Contest.
  • Casa Familiar’s 2015 Abrazo Award winner for writings about San Ysidro and the border region.
  • Cheese dreams in Baja’s Ojos Negros,” San Diego Reader (1st place winner of the 2015 Weekend Getaways Contest.)
  • “The Albanian Warrior,” Transitions Abroad (Runner-Up Contest Winner for Travel Narratives of 2013.)
  • “The Phlegraean Fields: A Family Adventure in History and Mythology” (Recognized as one of GoNOMAD’s Top Stories of 2009.)


  • 2018 history presentations of Fronterizos and The Border Barons at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor’s Center, The Congress of History, the Bonita Optimist Club and the Chula Vista Rotary Club.
  • Lecture presentation at “IGNITE Sessions: The History of Spanish Speaking Peoples of South Bay, San Diego,” Seguimos Creando Enlaces Conference, March 2017.
  • Development of lecture and interactive walking tour of the San Diego-Tijuana border and its history to a group of Professors from University of Puget Sound, May 2016.
  • Development of lecture and interactive walking tour of the San Diego-Tijuana Border to 90 seventh graders from Carlsbad’s Pacific Ridge School, May 2015 & May 2016.
  • Lecture on history of the San Diego-Tijuana Border for the 5th annual Binational Conference on Border Issues at San Diego City College, November 2014.
  • USIBWC Citizens Forum presentation on “The History of the Tijuana River in maps and photos,” with Professor Emeritus Steven Schoenherr, June 2015.
  • Presentation of “History of San Ysidro” to the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, February 2015.


Media Buzz About My Recent Project:

KPBS midday Edition: Fronterizos’ Captures South Bay History Through Family Stories

NBC San Diego: Exhibit Showcases History of South Bay Residents

San Diego Union Tribune: Chula Vista museum to exhibit Hispanic history of South County

Voice of San Diego: Border Report: The Anatomy of a Rapid Response Network

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