Eladio Bobadilla

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Eladio Bobadilla is a history PhD student at Duke University.

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Eladio Benjamin Bobadilla is a history PhD student in the history department at Duke University.

A native of Zacatecas, Mexico, he grew up in Delano, California, where he lived until November of 2005, when he shipped out as a recruit to the Navy’s Recruit Training Command (RTC) in Great Lakes, Illinois. There, he was promoted while still a recruit and graduated in January of 2006. Immediately following his basic training, he received advanced training (“Apprenticeship School”) as a Personnel Specialist from the Naval Technical Training Center (NTCC) located at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Mississippi.

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), which included a training mission in Afghanistan. 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 then enrolled at Weber State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree in History, English, and International Politics, completing his degree in three years, 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 given the university’s highest academic honor for students when he was named Crystal Crest Scholar of the Year.

Bobadilla then applied to graduate school, receiving offers from several top universities. He enrolled at Duke University, where he was awarded the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship. While at Duke, he has also received several grants, including the Anne Firor Scott Merit Award and a human rights research grant from the Franklin Humanities Institute, as well as an outside research grant, the Sam Fishman Travel Grant, from Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library. Bobadilla has also conducted a number of oral histories with Mexican immigrants as part of his dissertation on Chicano-immigrant relations, which he is currently planning under the supervision of his primary adviser, Dr. Nancy MacLean.

Outside of his professional life, Bobadilla loves motorcycling and following sports. He is a devoted Duke Blue Devils fan and a supporter of the US Men’s National Team and of Real Salt Lake. He is also a founding member of the Triangle Soccer Fanatics. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, a preschool teacher.

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