Who We Are

Kirstie Dorr  

Dr. Kirstie Dorr is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and an affiliate of the Critical Gender Studies and Latin American Studies programs at the University of California, San Diego. Her current book project, On Site in Sound: Performance Geographies in América Latina examines the hemispheric circulation of Black, Indigenous and Mestizo expressive cultures to consider the dynamic relationship between social texts and spatial contexts. A scholar committed to coalitional politics and interdisciplinary inquiry, her research and teaching interests include transnational ethnic and American studies, cultural studies, critical gender and sexuality studies, and political geography. Professor Dorr’s work has appeared in scholarly journals including Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and Journal of Popular Music Studies.

Robert McKee Irwin  

Robert McKee Irwin. Chair, Graduate Group in Cultural Studies and Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Davis. Author of Mexican Masculinities (U Minnesota Press, 2003) and Bandits, Captives, Heroines and Saints: Cultural Icons of Mexico’s Northwest Borderlands (U Minnesota Press, 2007); coauthor with Maricruz Castro Ricalde of El cine mexicano “se impone”: mercados internacionales y penetración cultural en la época dorada (U Nacional Autónoma de México, 2011); editor of Los 41: novela crítico-social by Eduardo Castrejón (U Nacional Autónoma de México, 2010); and coeditor with Sylvia Molloy of Hispanisms and Homosexualities (Duke U Press, 1998), with Eduard McCaughan and Michelle Nasser of The Famous 41: Sexuality and Social Control in Mexico, 1901 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), and with Mónica Szurmuk of Diccionario de estudios culturales latinoamericanos (Siglo XXI/Instituto Mora, 2003) and Dictionary of Latin American Cultural Studies (U Press of Florida, 2012). He is currently working on coediting with Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste and Juan Poblete a book on sports and nationalism in Latin/o America. He is also a member of the UC Davis based research group “Powerful Stories,” a digital storytelling project being carried out in collaboration with colleagues from UC Santa Cruz and California Rural Legal Assistance, and with funding from Cal Humanities’ California Stories Project, the UC California Studies Consortium’s Outreach and Teaching Grant program, and UC MEXUS, working with local community to help create and publish personal stories of sexually heterodox farm workers from California’s Central Valley and Central Coast. Among the classes he teaches: the upper division Spanish courses, “California y América Latina”, “Estudios Culturales Mexicanos” y “El Deporte en América Latina”.

Rodrigo Lazo  

Rodrigo Lazo is associate professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, where he teaches courses on Latino literature, hemispheric studies, and US nineteenth- century literature. He is the author of Writing to Cuba: Filibustering and Cuban Exiles in the United States (2005). His articles have appeared in numerous journals and collections, including American Literature, American Literary History, and Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Historical Society of Pennsylvania. He is currently working on a book-length study of archive theory and the hemispheric dimensions of Latino writing in nineteenth-century America.

Marissa López  

Marissa López is Assistant Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies and Associate Director of UCLA’s Chicana/o Studies Research Center. Her research and teaching interests include: Chicana/o Literature; 19th century literature, especially the literature of the west and California; globalization and transnational studies; Disability studies; and digital humanities. Her first book, Chicano Nations (NYU 2011), is about how Chicano literature, from the nineteenth – twenty-first centuries, represents the nation. Global, trans-, and even post- national considerations have gained considerable traction in Chicana/o literary studies, but the field tends to speak of these as recent phenomena. López argues the opposite, and asserts that to persist in thinking of them as new makes it impossible to grasp the long view of Chicana/o literary history. López shows that national and global tensions lie at the historical heart of Chicano narratives of the nation. Chicana/o literature, she argues, is defined by an on-going debate about the significance of the nation and an exploration of its racialized logic. Professor López’s work has appeared in American Literary History, MELUS, Journal of American Studies and other leading journals in her field. She is a member of the Modern Language Association’s Division Executive Committee on Chicana/o Literature, and a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty.

Anthony Macías  

Anthony Macías is Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and author of the book, Mexican American Mojo: Popular Music, Dance, and Urban Culture in Los Angeles, 1935-1968 (Duke University Press, 2008). He has published articles in The Jewish Role in American Life Annual Review, The Journal of African American History, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and American Quarterly. He has also published in the Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, and in the edited collection Musical Migrations: Transnationalism and Cultural Hybridity in Latin/o America. The working title of his current research project is: “Chicano-Chicana Americana: National Character, Race, and Representation in Popular Culture.” He has been a Resident Fellow at the UC Humanities Research Institute, and an Institute of American Cultures/Los Tigres Del Norte Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA. Courses taught include Introduction to Chicano Studies, Chicanos and Popular Music, Chicana/o California History, and the graduate seminar Chicana/o Expressive Culture.

Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez  

Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez is Professor of Literature at the University of California, Merced. His publications include a scholarly edition of Gaspar de Villagrá’s Historia de la nveva Mexico (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, 2010), Gaspar de Villagrá: Legista, soldado y poeta (Universidad de León, 2009), Life in Search of Readers: Reading (in) Chicano/a Literature (University of New Mexico Press, 2003), Rolando Hinojosa y su “cronicón” chicano: Una novela del lector (Universidad de Sevilla, 1993), La voz urgente: Antología de literatura chicana en español (Editorial Fundamentos, 1995, 1999, and 2006), as well as numerous articles in edited volumes and journals, including PMLA, Modern Language Quarterly, The Bilingual Review, The Americas Review, La Palabra y el Hombre, Hispania, Revista Iberoamericana, Latin American Literary Review, REDEN, and Aztlán, among others. Martín-Rodríguez is also the publisher of alternative-publications, a virtual press that has published books by Latinos/as. Forthcoming books include Cantas a Marte y das batalla a Apolo: Cinco estudios sobre Gaspar de Villagrá (under review), and a critical edition of the journalistic work of José Díaz “P. Galindo.” He is presently working on a book on Latinos/as in children’s film.

Ellen McCracken  

Ellen McCracken is Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she specializes in in U.S. Latino and Latin American literature, narrative and semiotic theory, cultural criticism, and digital literature. Her main publications include: Decoding Women’s Magazines: From Mademoiselle to Ms. (1993), New Latina Narrative: The Feminine Space of Postmodern Ethnicity (1999), and The Life and Writing of Fray Angélico Chávez: A New Mexico Renaissance Man (2009), winner of a Southwest Book Award. She is currently writing books on the new textuality of literature consumed on portable digital devices and on transborder identity in contemporary U.S. Latino literature.

Juan Poblete  

Juan Poblete, Professor of Latin/o American Literature and Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Author of Literatura chilena del iglo XIX: entre públicos lectores y figuras autoriales (Santiago: Cuarto Propio, 2003), editor of Critical Latin American and Latino Studies (University of Minessota Press, 2003), and co- editor of Andres Bello (with Beatriz Gonzalez-Stephan, IILI, 2009), Redrawing The Nation: National Identities in Latin/o American Comics (with Héctor Fernández-L’ Hoeste, Palgrave, 2009), and Desdén al infortunio: Sujeto, comunicación y público en la narrativa de Pedro Lemebel (with Fernando Blanco, Santiago: Cuarto Propio, 2010). Currently at work on three book projects: one on labor and affect in Latin American cinema, and two on forms of mediation between culture and market in Chile and the USA respectively. He is also co-editing two volumes: one (with Juana Suarez) on Humor in Latin American Cinema, and another (with Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste and Robert McKee-Irwin) on Sports and Nationalism in Latin America.

Catherine S. Ramírez  

Catherine S. Ramírez is Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research and teaching explore Mexican-American history, Latino literature, and U. S. cultural history. Her book, The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009), excavates the participation of Mexican-American women in the zoot subculture of the 1940s and examines the figures of the pachuca and pachuco in Chicano cultural production since the 1960s. She’s now writing a history of assimilation in the United States.

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