Areas of Study

Chicanx Latinx Studies


The Chicanx Latinx 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 Chicanx/Latinx Studies

Lorena Oropeza, Professor
Chicanx History; Gender; Oral History; Race and Empire
Laura E. Pérez, Professor Chicanx and Latinx Studies & Chair, Latinx Research Center
Decolonial aesthetics; Decolonial spiritualities; Latina/o literary + visual + performance arts; Post-sixties US Women of Color Feminist and Queer Thought
Nicholas Vargas, Associate Professor
Jesus Barraza, MA / MFA, Lecturer
Conceptual Art; Contemporary Xicanx Art; Day of the Dead; Decolonial aesthetics; Indigeneity; Latinx Art; Mexican Modern Art; Movement Art; Printmaking; Social Practice; Spirituality
Juan Berumen, Lecturer
Critical Pedagogy; critical race theory and praxis; Decoloniality; educational policy; qualitative and design-based community participatory inquiry
Dr. Federico Castillo, Lecturer in Environment
climate change; environmental economics; Migration
Dr. Pablo Gonzalez, Continuing Lecturer
borderlands anthropology; Chicana/o Studies; criminality and illegality; critical race theory and praxis; decolonial thought and practice; Social movements; the study of the commons; urban anthropology
Dr. Carmen Martinez-Calderon, Lecturer in Education
Ray Telles, Associate Adjunct Professor
Chicana/o + Latina/o + People of Color Film; Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker

Affiliated Faculty in Chicanx/ Latinx Studies

Adrian Aguilera, Associate Professor
Developing and testing technology-based interventions to address health disparities in low-income and vulnerable populations
Lisa García Bedolla, Professor, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, Dean of the Graduate Division
educational inequity; immigration/immigrant integration; intersectionality; political engagement; public policy
Marcial González, Associate Professor
Chicanx farmworker literary narratives; neoliberalism and economic crises from 1970 to the late 2000s; the rise and fall of the farmworker unionization movement during the neoliberal period.
Kris D. Gutiérrez, Carol Liu Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education
critical learning sciences and literacy; educational policy; qualitative and design-based community participatory inquiry; translingual and immigrant youth and communities
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Division of Social Sciences
Intergroup relations; Stereotyping & prejudice from the perspective of both target and perceiver
G. Cristina Mora, Associate Professor, Co-Chair of the Institute of Governmental Studies
Immigration; Questions of census racial classification; racial politics in the United States
Kurt C. Organista, Professor
HIV prevention with Latino migrant laborers; Latino psychosocial and health problems
Bernadette Perez, Assistant Professor
Occupying transforming and controlling the land played in the evolution of the American state; racial capitalism in the post-Civil War period
Cati V. de los Ríos, Assistant Professor of Literacy
Critical Pedagogy; Ethnography; K-12 Ethnic Studies; Latinx Family Literacy; Participatory Action Research; Translanguaging Pedagogy; Youth Corrido Literacies
Hector P. Rodriguez, Kaiser Permanente Endowed Professor of Health Policy and Management, Director of the California Initiative for Health Equity & Action, and Director of the Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research
Organizational analysis; performance management in health care; performance management in public health organizations