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

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Lecturers Faculty

Pablo Gonzalez


Chicano/Latino Studies

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.

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin

M.A., Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin

B.A., Chicano Studies, University of California, Berkeley


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Bio & Research Interests

I am a first generation Chicano scholar-activist/anthropologist who studies the political and cultural resonance of social movements.  In particular, the resonance of indigenous social movements on Chicanas/os and "people of color" in the United States. 

My book manuscript is a revision of my dissertation, "Autonomy Road": the Cultural Politics of Chicana/o Autonomous Organizing in Los Angeles, California.  It describes the long twenty year history of solidarity and political organizing between Chicana/o communities in the United States and the Zapatista indigenous communities of Chiapas, Mexico.  Using ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Chiapas, Los Angeles, California, and the Mexico/US borderlands, the book manuscript makes a contribution to our understanding of transnational community formation and mobilization, social change, spatial violence,  and Chicana/o transborder subject formation. 

My current research looks at the effects of the post 2008 Housing crisis on Latino and Black families.  I focus my analysis by interrogating logics of dispossession when it comes to foreclosures, forced migrations, and homelessness.  I also look at the logics of race and capital that inform the prevalent forms of social organization around private property. 

My teaching experience is extensive. I have taught introductory classes in Anthropology and Chicano Studies, as well as undergraduate/graduate topic seminars.  I have facilitated talks and workshops on decolonial thought in the United States, Mexico, and Spain.

Courses Taught

Chicana/o Studies 20: Introduction to Chicana/o Culture

Chicana/o Studies 50: Introduction to Chicana/o History

Chicana/o Studies 150b: History of the Southwest

Chicana/o Studies 159: Mexican Immigration

Chicana/o Studies 161: Central America and its Peoples

Chicana/o Studies 174: Chicanos, the Law, and the Criminal Justice System

Chicana/o Studies 180: Chicana/o Ethnography

Chicana/o Studies 180: Transnational Indigenous Migration

Ethnic Studies 10AC: History of Race and Ethnicity in the Western United States

Ethnic Studies 101A: Social Science Methods in Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies 135: US Immigration

Ethnic Studies 180L: Racial Citizenship and Immigration in the United States


Select publications

  • Gonzalez, Pablo. 2016. “Hecho en Berkeley: A Brief History of Chicana/o Studies at Berkeley High School,” In, “White” Washing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies: Vol. 1 K-12 Anthology, pp 1-6. 
  • Gonzalez, Pablo. 2016. Review of, More than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing, by Amy Howard. University of Minnesota Press. 2014.  City and Society, Fall 2016.
  • “Ethnic Mexican Migrant Families and Property Ownership: Preliminary Ethnographic Data on the Housing Crisis”, Anthropology News, Vol. 53 Issue 9 December 2012.
  • “ALLA Crosses the Northern Border: Two Exciting Panels for Montreal”, Anthropology News, Vol. 52 Issue 6 November 2011.
  •  "Una Red en Peces: Transborder Alliances between US Chicanos and Indigenous Communities in Baja California,” Anthropology News, Vol. 52 Issue 3 March 2011.