Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies

The Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Program is grounded in the decolonization and liberation projects of U.S. Latina/os and their allies in the civil rights, gender, and sexual liberation movements of the 1960s that continue through the present in new forms that address new conditions. Our courses on the U.S. Latina/o experience continue the historic mission of contributing to the production of truly universal knowledges about the United States and an increasingly interconnected world beyond the limited scope of Eurocentric or other ethnocentric perspectives and the disciplinary constraints in traditional fields of the humanities and social sciences. To achieve this we take seriously the knowledges, epistemologies and critical thinking produced by racially and sexually oppressed subjects, and we endeavor to examine the entangled intersectionality of racialized sexuality, gender, and class in complex socio-historical processes.  

We also engage comparative U.S. ethnic, hemispheric Americas, and global comparative studies to trace the movement of Latina/o communities and their cultures.  As an interdisciplinary group of scholars, we offer courses in the social sciences, geography, history, literature, visual cultural studies, performance arts, public policy, education, health, theater, film, media, religion, and philosophy. In addition, we offer practicum courses in creative writing, research methods, visual and performance arts and field studies/internship experience in various community organizations.

Faculty in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies

  • Raúl Coronado, Associate Professor
    The comparative history of writing in the colonial and 19th century Americas; Latina/o intellectual & literary history; theories of modernity & postcolonialism; histories of sexuality & of the academic disciplines
  • Pablo Gonzalez, Lecturer
    Social movements, Urban Anthropology, Borderlands Anthropology, Decolonial Thought and Praxis, Criminality and Illegality, Chicana/o Studies, Critical Race Theory/Praxis, and the study of Commons/Enclosures.
  • Ramon Grosfoguel, Associate Professor
    Decoloniality; International Migration; Political-Economy of the World-System; Racism; Islamophobia
  • Laura E. Pérez, Professor & Chair, Latinx Research Center
    Post-sixties U.S. Latina/o literary, visual, and performance arts; U.S. women of color femininist and queer thought; decolonial spiritualities, decolonial aesthetics.
  • Ray Telles, Associate Adjunct Professor
    Chicano Film