Editorial Board

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 HistoryJournal of Latinos and EducationAztlan: A Journal of Chicano StudiesBilingual ReviewLatina/o Literature in the Classroom: 21st Century Approaches to TeachingSexualities in History: A Reader, and Inside Higher Ed.

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 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.

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.

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 earned a PhD in Borderlands History at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2018 and a Masters in Library Science (MLS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998. Miguel is currently a part-time faculty lecturer in the history departments at the University of Texas at El Paso and at El Paso Community College. 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.

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.

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.

Previous Members of Editorial Board

Carlos U. Decena, Rutgers University, May 2017 – December 2017

Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, Washington State University, May 2017 – May 2018.