Cecelia Alfonso-Stokes is a third year PhD student in Literary Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Editorial Project Assistant at Latinx Talk. Her research centers on American and Latinx literature and culture. Growing up a white Cuban-American and oldest of five children raised in a small town in the upstate of South Carolina influences her work as she engages with questions regarding the role that cultural texts and objects have in constructing a coherent and recognizable identity to oneself, one’s family and friends, and to larger political apparatuses. When she isn’t reading or writing until her eyes go dry, she likes to play board games with her two children, Rosa and Henry, taking her dogs—Todd and Peter Barker—on walks, and trying new wines with her husband, Brent.
Theresa Delgadillo (Interim Co-Editor) is Professor of English and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies at UW Madison. 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 with the 2017 Mujeres Talk Editorial Board. 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 the co-edited volume Building Sustainable Worlds: Latinx Placemaking in the Midwest (University of Illinois Press, 2022), 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. Delgadillo is serving as Interim Co-Editor of Latinx Talk from 2022-2023.
Kevin Escudero (Co-Editor) is 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 (Interim Co-Editor) 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.
Delia Fernández-Jones is Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University. She is a core faculty member of the Chicano/Latino Studies Program and the director of the Womxn of Color Initiatives. She was born and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan among a large, tight-knit Mexican and Puerto Rican community. Drawing on her lived experiences as a Latina in Michigan and extensive primary source research, her work centers on Latinx placemaking in the Midwest. She is particularly interested in how this population transforms the places they live in to suit their political, economic, and social needs. She has two award winning articles on Latinos in Michigan. She is the author of Making the MexiRican City, Mexican and Puerto Rican Migration, Placemaking, and Activism in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fernández-Jones’s term on the Editorial Board is from 2023-2026.
Perla Guerrero is Associate Professor of American Studies and U.S. Latina/o Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research and teaching interests include relational race and ethnicity with a focus on Latinxs and Asian Americans, space and place, immigration, legality, and deportation, labor, U.S. history, and the U.S. South. She has received multiple awards including a Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship and two from the Smithsonian Institution to be a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of American History (NMAH). Her first book, Nuevo South: Latinas/os, Asians, and the Remaking of Place, examines how racial cleansing and sundown towns made northwest Arkansas into a particular kind of place and analyzes the political and economic factors that are shifting social conditions and racial mores in the U.S. South. Nuevo South posits that to fully understand the racialization of Asians and Latinas/os we must also understand the history of place-specific ideologies that are at the center of more recent instantiations of racialized relationships. She’s currently working on her second book, Deportation’s Aftermath: Displacement and Making a Life in Exile, that explores what happens to different kinds of people after repatriation—those deported by the nation-state, those who are forced to return (meaning state and federal policies made life so difficult they were coerced into leaving), and those who chose to return to their birth country. Taking Mexico City and the state of Puebla as research sites, the book seeks to understand how U.S.-based inequality, criminalization, and stigma are reproduced in Mexico after repatriation. Guerrero’s term on the Editorial Board is from 2020-2024.
Ester E. Hernández earned her Ph.D. in Social Science at UC Irvine. She was in CSULA’s Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies from 2002-2020 and since 2020 has been appointed in CSULA’s Department of Anthropology. 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. Hernandez’s term on the Editorial Board is from 2020-2024.
Audrey Lucero is Associate Professor o Language and Literacy Education in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Oregon. She is also the inaugural director of the UO Latinx Studies program, which launched in 2020. Her research interests are always evolving but are centered on schooling for Latinx students and others from marginalized communities, as well as how those experiences influence their identities as literate beings. This work has various strands, including investigating the language and literacy practices of young bilingual children in both Spanish and English, as well as considering the instructional practices teachers enact to facilitate those practices. Her most recent work is focused on critical literacy pedagogy and she is facilitating teacher professional development workshops to that end. She uses critical discourse analysis to analyze the ways in which teachers who participate in professional development discuss race, ethnicity, language, and similar issues both in their classrooms and among themselves. In her role as director of the UO Latinx Studies program, Dr. Lucero works closely with the Center for Latino/a and Latin American studies, the Latinx Strategies group, the Dreamers Working Group, and the Latinx Scholars First-Year Academic Residential Community (ARC). Lucero’s term on the Editorial Board is from 2023-2026.
Cecilia Márquez is Assistant Professor in History at Duke University. Her research is on the history of Latinx racial formations. Her manuscript-in-progress, The Strange Career of Juan Crow: Latino/a Racial Formations and the U.S. South, 1940-2010, traces the history of Latinxs during the demise of Jim Crow segregation. Her work helps historicize contemporary Latino/a migration to the U.S. South and emphasizes the importance of region in shaping Latinx identity. Her second book project is a history of Latinxs and far-right politics. Her work has received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and American Council of Learned Societies. Márquez’s term on the Editorial Board is from 2022-2025.
Aurora Santiago Ortiz is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on antiracist feminisms, decolonial perspectives, and participatory action research. Her work has been published in the Michigan Journal for Community Service Learning, the Italian Journal of Urban Studies, Curriculum Inquiry, and in Chicana/Latina Studies Journal. She has also contributed to Society and Space, NACLA, The Abusable Past blog of the Radical History Review, Electric Marronage, Open Democracy, and Zora magazine. Ortiz’s term on the Editorial Board is from 2023 to 2026.
Belinda Linn Rincón is Associate Professor in the departments of Latin American and Latinx Studies and English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, where she is the co-creator and Co-Director of the Latinx Literature Minor Program – the first program of its kind at CUNY. She specializes in Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x literary and cultural studies, Latina feminisms, war and militarism and Latinx Gothic and horror. Her book Bodies at War: Genealogies of Militarism in Chicana Literature and Culture (2017, University of Arizona Press), which won the 2018 International Latino Book Award for Best Women’s Issues Book, examines the rise of neoliberal militarism from the early 1970s to the present and its political, ontological, and aesthetic implications for the Chicana/o community. Through Chicana art, activism, and writing, Bodies at War offers a visionary foundation for an antiwar feminist politic. Rincón has published articles in Modern Fiction Studies and Latino Studies. In 2015, she won the Antonia I. Castañeda Essay Award given by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies for her article “‘Estas son mis armas’: Lorna Dee Cervantes’ Poetics of Feminist Solidarity in the Era of Neoliberal Militarism” in Women’s Studies Quarterly. The award recognizes the best essay published by an un-tenured Chicana scholar that provides a historical and intersectional analysis of Chicana/Latina and/or Indigenous women. She received the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and fellowships and/or grants from the American Association of University Women, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the co-founder of the Biennial Latinx Literary Theory and Criticism Conference which convenes scholars and students from around the country to showcase the major critical directions that scholars are forging in the field. Professor Rincón is currently working on a monograph about Latinx horror and Gothic in film and literature. Rincón’s term on the Editorial Board is from 2023-2026.
David J. Vázquez is Associate Professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies and Director of the Program in Latina/o/x Studies at American University in Washington, DC. He is co-editor of Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial (Temple, 2019), which won the Modern Language Association Prize for an Edited Volume, and the author of Triangulations: Narrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity (Minnesota, 2011). He is co-editor, with Hsuan Hsu, of The Molecular Intimacies of Empire, a special forum of The Journal of Transnational American Studies. In addition to his longer pieces, he has published journal articles in Symbolism, American Literary History, Arizona Quarterly, Contemporary Literature, CENTRO, and Latino Studies and contributed to the Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature and Erasing Public Memory: Race, Aesthetics, and Cultural Amnesia in the Americas. In addition to his current affiliations, he is a former director of the Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon and a past fellow at the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University and at the Oregon Humanities Center at the University of Oregon. His new book project, titled Decolonial Environmentalisms: Race, Genre, and Latinx Culture explores how Latinx environmental thinking over the past three decades interrogates environmental harm and the ways racial capitalism (the idea that racism is a structuring logic of capitalism) and colonialism are embedded in mainstream environmentalism. Vázquez’s term on the Editorial Board is from 2023 to 2026.
Past Members of the Editorial Board
Lourdes Alberto, University of Utah, 2013 [Mujeres Talk] – 2015 [Mujeres Talk].
Lauren Araiza, Denison University, January 2016 [Mujeres Talk] – May 2019 [Latinx Talk].
Inés Hernández-Avila, University of California at Davis, September 2013 [Mujeres Talk] – April 2016 [Mujeres Talk].
Magdalena Barrera, San José State University, May 2017 [Latinx Talk] – May 2019 [Latinx Talk].
Miroslava Chávez-García,University of California, Santa Barbara, May 2018 [Latinx Talk] – December 2021 [Latinx Talk].
Carlos U. Decena, Rutgers University, May 2017 [Latinx Talk] – December 2017 [Latinx Talk].
Roberto C. Delgadillo, UC-Davis, May 2019 [Latinx Talk] – December 2022 [Latinx Talk].
Lucila Ek, University of Texas at San Antonio, August 2013 [Mujeres Talk] – December 2015 [Mujeres Talk].
Ella Díaz, San Francisco Art Institute and Cornell University, 2013 [Mujeres Talk] – 2013 [Mujeres Talk].
Adriana Estill, Carleton College, May 2017 [Latinx Talk] – May 2020 [Latinx Talk].
Elena Gutiérrez, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012 [Mujeres Talk] – 2013 [Mujeres Talk].
Felipe Hinojosa, Texas A&M University, May 2017 [Latinx Talk] – August 2022 [Latinx Talk], Editor of Latinx Talk from 2020-2022.
Miguel Juárez, University of Texas at El Paso, May 2017 [Latinx Talk] – May 2020 [Latinx Talk].
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, University of Michigan, 2020 [Latinx Talk] – 2023 [Latinx Talk].
Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, Washington State University, May 2014 [Mujeres Talk] – May 2018 [Latinx Talk].
Xochitl Marsilli-Vargas, Emory University, May 2021 [Latinx Talk] – October 2022 [Latinx Talk].
Miranda Martinez, Ohio State University, September 2013 [Mujeres Talk] – December 2015 [Mujeres Talk].
Yalidy Matos, Rutgers University, May 2017 [Latinx Talk] – May 2019 [Latinx Talk].
Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, University of California at Santa Cruz, September 2013 [Mujeres Talk] – May 2016 [Mujeres Talk].
Seline Szkupinski Quiroga, Arizona State University, 2012 [Mujeres Talk] – 2013 [Mujeres Talk].
Sara A. Ramirez, UC Berkeley and Texas State University, August 2012 [Mujeres Talk] – September 2013 [Mujeres Talk].
Diana Rivera, Michigan State University, October 2013 [Mujeres Talk] – February 2015 [Mujeres Talk].
Sujey Vega, Arizona State University, 2015 [Mujeres Talk] – 2017 [Latinx Talk].
Omaris Z. Zamora, Rutgers University, 2020 [Latinx Talk] – 2023 [Latinx Talk].
Susy Zepeda, University of California at Davis, January 2014 [Mujeres Talk] – December 2016 [Mujeres Talk].