Barrio Boy

Early career

Born in Jalcocotan, near Tepic in the Mexican state of Nayarit, Galarza immigrated with his mother and two uncles to Sacramento, California.[1] As recalled in his autobiographical Barrio Boy, the young Galarza successfully navigated the cultural differences in the public school system, attained a scholarship to Occidental College in Los Angeles,then went on to earn a master's degree in history at Stanford University in 1929.

Galarza worked with the Pan-American Union (now the Organization of American States) in Washington D.C. from 1936 through 1947 publishing analyses on educational, labor and infrastructure issues in Latin America. In 1947 he completed his doctoral dissertation on the electricity industry in Mexico, taking a Ph.D. from Columbia University.[2]

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