José A. Centeno-Meléndez is a PhD Candidate in the Department of American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, and recently completed a predoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Latino Center and Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. His personal, educational, and professional trajectories have taught him about the important roles oral history plays in historical research, documentation, and preservation efforts that center on human experiences. José has been contributing oral histories for the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Latino DC History Project and the Voces Oral History Project (based in Austin, Texas) since 2016. These experiences have informed his own work, which documents cultural and spatial changes within Washington, DC’s diverse Latinx communities from the 1960s to 1990s. José received his Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with a minor in US Latina/o Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012.