Out of an abundance of caution, this event has been canceled.
Presentation by Dr. Eladio Bobadilla sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities
Dr. Eladio Bobadilla is an assistant professor of history at the University of Kentucky. Bobadilla was born in Zacatecas, Mexico in 1986 to a poor family headed by Benjamin Bobadilla, a farm worker and musician and Lucina Mariscal, a homemaker.
In 1997, Bobadilla, along with the remainder of his family, migrated to the United States to live in Delano, California, where his father had worked for several years in the grape fields. Though Bobadilla dreamed of going to college, his undocumented immigrant status prevented him from doing so immediately after graduating high school. About a year after graduating from Delano High School, however, he received permanent resident status and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy.
Bobadilla was then stationed at the Personnel Support Detachment Afloat West in San Diego, CA, where he was promoted to Petty Officer Third Class. In 2008, he was deployed to Camp Virginia, a forward operating base in the Kuwaiti desert in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). He was honorably discharged in November of 2009 with high evaluations and a number of military distinctions, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Flag Letter of Commendation, the Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal, the Navy Rifle Sharpshooter Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
Bobadilla, together with his wife Timaree, then enrolled at Weber State University in 2010. The couple completed their bachelor’s degrees in three years, graduating in 2012. Bobadilla graduated magna cum laude and with departmental honors. At Weber State, he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta (the National History Honor Society), the Pinnacle Honor Society, and the Golden Key International Honor Society. In his last year of college, he was recognized as the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Outstanding Graduate and was awarded the university’s highest academic honor for students when he was named Crystal Crest Scholar of the Year.
Bobadilla enrolled at Duke University in 2013, where he was awarded the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship. While at Duke, he also received several other prestigious fellowships and grants, including the Gilder Lehrman Scholarly Fellowship, the Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, the Ottis Green Fellowship, a Bass Instructional Fellowship, the John Higham Research Fellowship, and the George Pozzetta Dissertation Award.
Outside of his professional life, Bobadilla loves motorcycling and following sports. He is a devoted Blue Devils fan and a supporter of the US Men’s National Team and of Real Salt Lake. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, a preschool teacher.