Dr. Lauren Araiza is Associate Professor and Chair of History at Denison University, where she teaches courses in African American, Latinx, and modern U.S. history. She is the author of To March for Others: The Black Freedom Struggle and the United Farm Workers (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013). She has also published in the Journal of African American History and has contributed an essay to the edited collection, The Struggle in Black and Brown: African American and Mexican American Relations during the Civil Rights Era (University of Nebraska Press, 2011). Her current research is on the manifestations and implications of Black Power at women’s colleges in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Dr. Magdalena Barrera is an Associate Professor of Mexican American Studies and the Faculty-in-Residence for Diversifying the Faculty (Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) at San José State University. A first-generation student born and raised outside of Chicago, Dr. Barrera received a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Modern Thought in Literature from Stanford University. Her primary research agenda is situated at the intersection of literary/visual studies and cultural history; she is interested in the recovery of Mexican American experiences via early twentieth-century literature, music, photography, and government publications. Inspired by the hardworking and resilient Latinx students of SJSU, she has taken up a second area of research on the teaching and mentoring of first-generation students and students of color in higher education. Her work has appeared in California History, Journal of Latinos and Education, Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Bilingual Review, Latina/o Literature in the Classroom: 21st Century Approaches to Teaching, Sexualities in History: A Reader, and Inside Higher Ed.
Theresa Delgadillo is a Professor of Comparative Studies and Latina/o Studies at The Ohio State University, where she has been a member of the faculty since 2007. She enjoys courtesy appointments in the Departments of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; English; Spanish; African American and African Studies. Her published research includes Latina Lives in Milwaukee (University of Illinois Press 2015); Spiritual Mestizaje: Religion, Gender, Race, and Nation in Contemporary Chicana Narrative (Duke University Press 2011); articles in several journals, including Aztlán, American Literary History, American Quarterly, and Modern Fiction Studies; and chapters in several volumes. Delgadillo’s research agenda includes religion and spirituality in Chicana/o and Latina/o texts and contexts, Latinas/os in the Midwest, and Afro-Latinidad. She was an editor and editorial board member for our predecessor site, Mujeres Talk, from 2011 to 2017. She is currently participating in a Midwest regional research collaboration with colleagues and students from several universities on the theme of “Building Sustainable Worlds: Latinx Placemaking in the Midwest.”
Kevin Escudero is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University. He is also Affiliated Faculty in Sociology and Caribbean and Latin American Studies and serves as a Faculty Fellow at the Swearer Center for Public Service. The son of a Bolivian immigrant father and Vietnamese refugee mother, Dr. Escudero received his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley and M.S.L. from Yale Law School. His research interests focus on race and ethnicity, immigration and social movements and his book manuscript, Organizing While Undocumented, (under contract with NYU Press) examines instances of racial and ethnic coalition building in the immigrant rights movement. Dr. Escudero’s second book project seeks to understand the relationship between undocumented immigrants and refugee community members in the context of the U.S. as a settler colonial state. His work has received funding from the National Science Foundation, American Sociological Association and U.C. Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society.
Adriana Estill grew up mostly in Richmond, California in the shadow of oil refineries, walking–mostly without knowing–through a place inhabited and shaped by the Ohlone, the Spanish, and, finally, the Americans, but she also spent some formative years in Guadalajara, Mexico. As the daughter of a Mexican woman and a white American man, she grew accustomed to shifting spaces, switching codes, adapting and blending in, and living in between. Both parents’ joy and appreciation for language and literature as well as their commitment to social equality and justice led her to an academic life, including a BA (Stanford) and PhD (Cornell) in comparative literature. She teaches at Carleton College in Northfield MN after stints at the U. of Arizona and the U. of New Mexico in English and American Studies; her research focuses on Latinx Studies with emphases in questions of genre, gender, place-making, and embodiment. Her most recent publication examines the role of Chicago in Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo; her current research addresses the rise of the telenovela on U.S. primetime and considers the way in which the genre mediates white American anxieties around Latinidad.
Born and raised in the borderlands town of Brownsville, Texas (located on the southernmost tip of Texas), Felipe Hinojosa is Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University. Professor Hinojosa’s teaching and research interests include Latinx and Mexican American Studies, American Religion, Social Movements, Gender, and Comparative Race and Ethnicity. He serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the History Department and is the co-founder and co-coordinator for the Latinx Studies Working Group, which is sponsored by the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University. Professor Hinojosa’s first book, Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical Culture, was published in 2014 by Johns Hopkins University Press. The book was awarded the 2015 Américo Paredes Book Award for the best book in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies given every year by the Center for Mexican American Studies at South Texas College. Professor Hinojosa’s current research project, tentatively titled “Apostles of Change: Radical Politics and the Making of Latino Religion,” investigates how a few and relatively unknown church takeovers—by groups such as the Young Lords and Católicos Por La Raza—inspired a Latina/o religious renaissance, both cultural and political, in the 1970s. The analysis not only investigates the role of theology and faith—a story common to other Latina/o religious narratives—but centers radical politics as fundamental to understanding the origins of Latina/o religious politics in the United States. Hinojosa primary research fields include: U.S. History, Religion, Black/Brown Civil Rights, Latinx/Chicanx studies, Comparative Race & Ethnicity.
Miguel Juárez is a doctoral candidate and interdisciplinary scholar-activist in U.S. history, borderlands history, urban history, community arts history and library science and archives at the University of Texas at El Paso. He received an MA in Border History in 2012 and a Masters in Library Science (MLS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998. He was a formerly an academic librarian from 1999 to 2013 at SUNY Buffalo, the University of Arizona, Texas A&M, UCLA Chicano Studies Resource Center and the University of North Texas. He has published two books: Co-editor with Rebecca Hankins, Where Are All the Librarians of Color: The Experiences of People of Color in Academia (2016, Library Juice Press) and Colors on Desert Walls: The Murals of El Paso (1997, Texas Western Press, the University of Texas at El Paso). He has published articles in Latino Rebels, Fusion Magazine, MujeresTalk blog, the Borderlands History blog, Newsies.us and in CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts & Culture Workers, and chapters in the following books: The Power of Language/El Poder de la Palabra: Selected Papers from the Second REFORMA National Conference; Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: American Women’s History; Diversity in Libraries: Academic Residency Programs, and in Arts Documentation, The Bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America. His dissertation titled, “From Concordia to Lincoln Park: An Urban History of Highway Building in El Paso, Texas,” traces the spatial history of a Latinx neighborhood up to the mid-twentieth century in West Texas that includes a significant African-American presence.
Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo is a Professor of Ethnic Studies in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University. Her books Feminism after 9/11: Women’s Bodies as Cultural and Political Threat (Palgrave MacMillan 2017), Project(ing) 9/11: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in recent Hollywood Films (Rowman and Littlefield 2014), and Containing (Un)American Bodies: Race, Sexuality, and Post-9/11 Constructions of Citizenship (Rodopi 2010) were co-authored with Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo. Her edited collection A New Kind of Containment: “The War on Terror,” Race, and Sexuality (Rodopi 2009) was also co-edited with Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo, and her book Animating Difference: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Films for Children (Rowman and Littlefield 2010), was co-authored with C. Richard King and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo. Dr. Lugo-Lugo has also published numerous articles and book chapters on cultural productions of 9/11, and cultural constructions of race, culture, citizenship, immigration, and gender, as well as Latinas/os in US popular culture.
Yalidy Matos is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. She earned her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Columbus. Yalidy’s scholarly work examines the intersections between race, ethnicity, and (im)migration. By drawing on theoretical frameworks from political science, sociology, political psychology, and history, she uses a mixed methods approach to understand the racialized nature of immigration policies and contemporary restrictive immigration policy attitudes in the United States. Yalidy is currently working on her first book, where she examines contemporary immigration laws and policies and argues that these policies should be understood within an historical context that recognizes the centrality of racial formations and the connections between different racial projects in the continual imagining of America and Americans. Her project traces the more contemporary and internal flow of Latino/a immigrants to different parts of the US, such as Alabama. Originally from Dominican Republic, Yalidy is passionate about complicating the ways in which Americans think about immigration and immigrants. Her work has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the American Political Science Association, Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies, among others.