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Carlos Muñoz, Jr., Professor Emeritus

Ethnic Studies Department, Chicano/Latino Studies, Ethnic Studies

Office: 536 Barrows
Email: cmjr@berkeley.edu
Phone: 642-9134
Office hours: Tuesdays by appointment

Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr. was born in the "segundo barrio" in El Paso, Texas, and raised in the barrios of East Los Angeles, California. He is the son of poor working class Mexican immigrants. He earned his AA from Los Angeles City Community College, his BA with honors in Political Science from California State University at Los Angeles and his PhD in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.  He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley. After 44 years of teaching in higher education, he has gained international prominence as political scientist, historian, journalist, and public intellectual.
Dr. Muñoz was the founding chair of the first Chicano Studies department
in the nation in 1968 at the California State University at Los Angeles and the founding chair of the National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS). He is a pioneer in the creation of undergraduate and graduate curricula in the disciplines of Chicano/Latino & Ethnic Studies. He is the author of numerous pioneering works on the Mexican American political experience and on African American and Latino political coalitions. His book, Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement won the Gustavus Myers Book Award for "outstanding scholarship in the study of human rights in the Untied States". The 1st edition of the book underwent 12 printings and has become the classic study of the origins of the Movement. A revised and expanded 2nd edition of the book was published in 2007.  The book was a major resource for the PBS television series Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Muñoz was the senior consultant for the project and was also featured in the series. The HBO movie, "Walkout" was based on that series.

Dr. Muñoz is currently working on several new books: The Decolonizing of America: The Struggle for a Authentic Multiracial Democracy Since the 1960s, a biographical novel on The Life & Times of Dr. Ernesto Galarza (the first Mexican American nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature), and his autobiography Victory is in the Struggle. Dr. Muñoz is an acknowledged expert on the issues of ethnic and racial politics, multiculturalism and diversity, immigration, civil and human rights, and affirmative action. He has appeared on PBS, NBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, and the Spanish-speaking UNIVISION and Tele Mundo. He has also been interviewed numerous times on Pacifica Radio and National Public Radio stations. He has been a syndicated columnist with the Progressive Media Project. His newspaper columns are distributed nationally by the Knight-Ridder news wire service and have appeared online on Latino.com and on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service (Europe & Latin America). As a scholar-activist, Dr. Muñoz has been a central figure in the struggles for civil and human rights, social and economic justice, and peace in the United States and abroad since he was a student activist in the 1960s. When he was the President of the United Mexican American Students (UMAS) in 1968, he and 12 other civil rights activists became political prisoners after they were indicted for "conspiracy to discrupt" the public school system of the city of Los Angeles, California, for their role in organizing nonviolent student protest against racism and segregation in the barrio schools of East Los Angeles. Thousands of Chicano high school students walked out of the schools and sparked the emergence of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Muñoz went on to play a prominent leadership role as a founder of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement.
Since then he has served as a leading organizer of various multiracial coalitions, including the Faculty for Human Rights in Central America, Faculty Against Apartheid in South Africa, and The Rainbow Coalition. In 1988, he was a key advisor to the Jesse Jackson Presidential campaign. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and is a co-founder of the Institute for Multiracial Justice in San Francisco, California. He also co-founded Latinos Unidos, a grassroots community organization in Berkeley, California. Dr. Muñoz is a Vietnam War Era Veteran and is a member of the Veterans for Peace and is active in the Anti-Iraq & Afghanistan War Movement.  He is also active in the Immigrant Rights Movement.__In addition to the numerous academic honors he has been awarded during his academic career, Dr. Muñoz is also listed in Who's Who in the West, Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans, Who's Who of Editors, Writers, and Poets, and in the Latino Encyclopedia.

In 1996, he received the University of Michigan's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, and Rosa Parks Award. In 1999, Dr. Muñoz received the Scholar of the Year Award from the National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies. In 2001, the American Political Science Association honored Dr. Muñoz for his "Seminal scholarly contributions to the study of Mexican American and Latino Politics."  In 2005, Dr. Muñoz was honored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education for "Educating others and inspiring them in the Pursuit of their Goals."  In 2007, the National Black Student Conference honored him with their "Pioneer Visionary Award". In 2003 he was honored in a traveling national exhibition tour as one of 12 "civil rights activists who accomplished extraordinary deeds that changed the face of the nation and gave birth to the Modern Civil Rights Movement." The exhibition is entitled "The Long Walk to Freedom."  It was organized by Community Works and funded by The National Endowment for the Arts, The California Arts Council, and the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library. 

In 2008 Dr. Muñoz was honored as one of the "Americans Who Tell the Truth. Those with the courage, honesty, tolerance, generosity, wisdom and compassion that have made our country strong".  Other "truth tellers" who have been honored in the past include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez.

 

Education

Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
B.A., California State University at Los Angeles
A.A., Los Angeles City College

Research interests

Social and Revolutionary Movements, African Presence in Mexico, U.S. Racial/Ethnic Politics

Courses

Undergraduate (Created and Taught)
ES 41AC - Social Protest Movements of the 1960s
ES 141 - Racial Politics in America
ES 190N - The Multiracial & Multicultural Roots of Mexican Culture (Travel Study)   
CS 24 - The Chicano Civil Rights Movement (Freshman Seminar)
CS 70 - Latino/a Politics
CS 101 - Paradigms in Chicano Studies
CS 180 - Spain and Latino Identity (Travel Study)
Undergraduate (Taught, not Created)
CS 159 - Mexican Immigration
Graduate (Created and Taught)
ES 200 - Critical Terms and Issues in Comparative Ethnic Studies
ES 230 - Social Movement Theories

Courses in 2009-2010
Fall: ES 41AC - Social Protest Movements of the 1960s
CS 24 – The Chicano Civil Rights Movement (Freshman Seminar)
Spring: ES 190

Selected publications

(since retirement in 2000)
"Forward" in Elizebeth Berta-Avila, et. al. Marching Students: Chicana/o Identity and the  Politics of Education, 1968 and the Present, University of Nevada Press, 2009

Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement, Rev. and Expanded Ed., Verso Press, 2007

"Forward" in David Bacon, Communities Without Borders, Cornell University Press,  2006

"Roberto 'Beto' Avila: MLB's First Latino Super Star" in La Prensa del Beisbol Latino, official publication of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) 2006

"The Chicano Movement" in Lee Stacy, ed., Encyclopedia of Mexico-U.S. Border Relations, Brown Partworks, 2002

"Ernesto Galarza" in Waldo Martin & Patricia Sullivan, eds., Civil Rights in the United States, Vol. I. Macmillan, 2000.

Honors & Awards

2007 The Pioneer Visionary Award by the National Black Student Leadership Development Conference
2005 Honored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education for educating others and inspiring them in the pursuit of their goals
2003 Honored as one of 12 civil rights activists who accomplished extraordinary deeds that changed the face of the nation and gave birth to the modern Civil Rights Movement by the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture, Community Works, The National Endowment for the Arts, The California Arts Council, and the Friends Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library
2001 Honored by the American Political Science Association for seminal scholarly contributions to the study of Mexican American and Latino Politics
1999 Scholar of the Year Award, National Association of Chicana/Chicano Studies
1996 The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, & Rosa Parks Award, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1994-95 University of California Humanities Research Fellowship
1990 Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America for the book Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement

Full CV

 

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