Jorge Iber, co-author of Latinos in U.S. Sport: A History of Isolation, Cultural Identity, and Acceptance, provides commentary for CNN in association with Soledad O'Brien's report, "Latino in America: In Her Corner." This documentary illustrates the current and historical challenges a Latina boxer, Marlen Esparza, faces as she fights for a place in the 2012 Olympic games.
Iber describes the influence of athletes like Marlen Esparza as Latinas fight for acceptance in historically nontraditional sports. Read the complete commentary.
Jorge Iber, PhD, is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of history at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Over the past decade, Iber has specialized in the history of U.S. sport, with particular focus on the history of Mexican American athletes in Texas. He has published and edited several books and written articles on Latinos and sport for journals such as International Journal of the History of Sport, Journal of the West, and Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Iber also served as guest editor of an issue of International Journal of the History of Sport that focused on the topic of Latinos in U.S. sport history. He is a member of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) and other professional historical organizations.