Miroslava Chávez-García is Professor of History at UCSB, with affiliations in the Departments of Chicana/o Studies and Feminist Studies, and is currently the Faculty Director of Graduate Diversity Initiatives. Author of Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s to 1880s (University of Arizona Press, 2004) and States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California’s Juvenile Justice System (University of California Press, 2012), Miroslava’s most recent book, Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), is a history of migration, courtship, and identity as told through more than 300 personal letters exchanged across the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Miroslava has also published articles on migration, juvenile justice, and Chicana history as well as on mentoring young scholars of color in academia. A first-generation, immigrant, Chicana from working class origins, Miroslava is dedicated to issues of inclusion, equity, and social justice.
Roberto C. Delgadillo is a Research Support Services Librarian at the University of California, Davis Library. His areas of responsibility include: Chicana/o Studies, Cinema, English Language and Literatures, Latin American Studies, Military Science, Native American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures. Born in Managua, Nicaragua, Roberto’s family moved to the United States in 1975. Roberto has a BA in Modern German and Russian History from UC Santa Cruz, and a MLIS and a PhD in Modern Latin American History, both from UCLA. His research interests include urban folklore, civil military relations and the information-seeking behavior of undergraduate and graduate students. He is a former reference and acquisitions librarian with the Hispanic Services Division of the Inglewood Public Library and former copy cataloger with the Beverly Hills Public Library. Roberto currently serves as a Member-at-Large for ALA Council. Since 2005, Roberto has also served as the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM)’s Rapporteur General (2005-2012), Member-at-Large (2008-2011) and immediate Past President (2013-2014), since 2015, he is SALALM’s current Parliamentarian. Roberto is also a 2012 recipient of The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.
Theresa Delgadillo joined the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2020 as a Professor of English and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies. The daughter of Mexican parents who immigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she earned her Ph.D. at UCLA. In 2011 she founded Mujeres Talk (our predecessor site) and in 2017 co-founded Latinx Talk. She has enjoyed collaborating with colleagues from across the country to build this important online venue for the field of Latinx Studies. Her published research includes Latina Lives in Milwaukee (University of Illinois Press 2015) and Spiritual Mestizaje: Religion, Gender, Race, and Nation in Contemporary Chicana Narrative (Duke University Press 2011) as well as numerous journal articles and chapters in volumes. The working title for the manuscript she is currently completing is “Black and Latinx in Literature and Film: Navigating Borderlands and Diasporas.” Over the past three years she has been Co-PI on the interdisciplinary and humanities-focused collaborative research project “Building Sustainable Worlds: Latinx Placemaking in the Midwest,” and she and her co-researchers anticipate the publication of this research in 2021.
Kevin Escudero is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University and serves as the Managing Editor for Latinx Talk. The son of a Bolivian immigrant father and Vietnamese refugee mother, he received his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley and M.S.L. from Yale Law School. Dr. Escudero’s research and teaching interests explore the areas of comparative racial and ethnic studies, immigration, social movements, and the law. His book, Organizing While Undocumented (NYU Press, 2020) examines instances of racial and ethnic coalition building in the immigrant rights movement. His current book project focuses on immigrant and indigenous community members’ participation in Guam’s decolonization movement. His work has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, American Sociological Association, and U.C. Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society.
Isabel Espinal is the librarian for Afro American Studies, Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, Spanish & Portuguese, Native American & Indigenous Studies, and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was born in New York City, two years after her parents immigrated from the Cibao countryside in the Dominican Republic. She has an AB in Romance Languages and Literature from Princeton University, a Masters in Library and Information Studies from UC Berkeley, and an MA and PhD in American Studies, English department, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She employed Anzaldúan strategies in her dissertation, Kiskeyanas Valientes en Este Espacio: Dominican Women Writers and the Spaces of Contemporary American Literature, and she is looking to get it published as a book. She is a past president of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, and has written and given presentations on Dominican women writers in the United States, whiteness and diversity in librarianship, information literacy, the climate crisis and libraries, and Latinx literature, among other topics.
Ester E. Hernández earned her Ph.D. in Social Science at UC Irvine and joined CSULA’s Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies in 2002. She has published on Salvadoran migration and remittances in social science journals such as the Journal of American Ethnic History and Economy & Society. She received a CSULA Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship in 2003-2004 on the theme of “Families and Belonging in the Multi-ethnic Metropolis.” Born in El Salvador, she is on the board of directors of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and is the co-editor of the anthology U.S. Central Americans: Reconstructing Memories, Struggles and Communities of Resistance (University of Arizona Press) about 1.5 and second generation Centroamericanas/os and U.S. Central Americans. Her current research is linked to immigrant rights, economic development and cultures of memory.
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. He also serves as the Editor of Latinx Talk. 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.
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes is Professor of American Culture, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the former director of the Latina/o Studies Program (2011-2016). He received his A.B. from Harvard (1991) and M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia (1999). He is author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora (2009), Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails (2009), Abolición del pato (2013), and A Brief and Transformative Account of Queer History (2016). He co-edited an issue of CENTRO Journal on Puerto Rican Queer Sexualities (Spring 2007) and is currently writing on Puerto Rican transgender and drag performance and activism. He performs as Lola von Miramar since 2010.
Dr. Omaris Z. Zamora is a transnational Black Dominican Studies scholar. Her research interests include: Black and Latino Studies, transnational Hispanic Caribbean cultural production as they relate to race, gender, and sexuality. Her current book project engages the theoretical formation of AfroLatina feminist epistemologies through an analysis of transnational Dominican women’s narratives in literature and performance. Zamora has presented her research at many conferences, lectures, and roundtables. Her work has been published in Latinx Talk and Label Me Latina/o, among others and she has been featured on NPR’s Alt.Latino podcast episode “Reggaeton in the Age of #MeToo”. Omaris is a spoken-word poet, she fuses her poetry with her scholarly work as a way of contributing to a new black poetic approach to scholarship and literary criticism.
Past Members of the Editorial Board
Lauren Araiza, Denison University, January 2016 [Mujeres Talk] – May 2019
Magdalena Barrera, San José State University, May 2017 – May 2019
Carlos U. Decena, Rutgers University, May 2017 – December 2017
Adriana Estill, Carleton College, May 2017 – May 2020
Miguel Juárez, University of Texas at El Paso, May 2017 – May 2020
Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, Washington State University, May 2014 [Mujeres Talk] – May 2018
Yalidy Matos, Rutgers University, May 2017 – May 2019