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Chicana/o Studies


Dr. Karen Mary Davalos is Professor of Chicana/o Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her book, Yolanda M. López, (UCLA CSRC Press with distribution by University of Minnesota Press, 2008), brings together her research and teaching interests in Chicana feminist scholarship, spirituality, art, exhibition practices, and oral history. It has received two honorable mentions. Between 2003 and 2009, she was the lead coeditor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, the only interdisciplinary, flagship, peer-review journal of a Latina/o professional organization. Currently, she is working on Chicana/o Art: Improbable Subjects and Political Gestures, a book that is informed by life history interviews with seventeen Latino artists and a decade of ethnographic research in southern California.‌‎ (email) 

Eliza Rodriguez y GibsonDr. Rodriguez y Gibson is Chair and Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies teaching courses on Chicana/o literature, Cultural Studies, and feminist theory. Among her reviews and essays she has written on the work of Lorna Dee Cervantes, Elizabeth Martinez, Carmen Tafolla, Naomi Quiñonez, Josefina Lopez, Joy Harjo, and Helena Maria Viramontes. She is the editor of Lorna Dee Cervantes: A Critical Anthology (forthcoming Wings Press, 2011) and has contributed to various reference works, including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latino and Latina History in the U.S. and the Encyclopedia of Ethnic American Literatures published by Greenwood Press. Since 2007 she has served as President of the Latina/o Literature and Culture Society of the American Literature Association. Current projects include A Poetics of Loss: Chicana and American Indian Women’s Poetry, Art, and the Imagination of History, and she is co-authoring, with Tanya Gonzalez, a book-length project on Ugly Betty. (email)

guerraDr. Fernando Guerra, Professor, Political Science and Chicana/o Studies, directs the Center for the Study of Los Angeles on campus and teaches courses in Latino politics. Dr Guerra has served as Chairman of the Chicana/o Studies Department, Director of the American Cultures program, and Director of the Summer in Mexico program. He has been on the faculty at Loyola Marymount University since 1984.
Dr. Guerra earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He earned his B.A. in International Relations, with a University Certificate in Latin American Studies, from the University of Southern California in 1980. He has written numerous scholarly articles and has also contributed to popular publications. His area of scholarly work is in state and local governance and urban and ethnic politics. He is currently working on a book on the political empowerment of Latinos in California. (email)


Dr. Deena J. Gonz├ílez was named an ACE (American Council  on Education) Fellow, 2010-11; she was the first Chicana Ph.D. awardee from UC Berkeley’s history department (1985) and is considered a founding authority in Chicana/o history, Borderlands Studies, and U.S. women’s history. Author of the monograph, Refusing the Favor, published by Oxford University Press as well as two major encyclopedia projects in U.S. Latino/a Studies, also with Oxford University Press, she  serves currently as series co-editor for the most important Chicana Studies project produced by a major university press, the Chicana Matters Series, University of Texas Press, with fifteen volumes, to date, and four more forthcoming.  Over forty of her articles have appeared in anthologies, journals, and several have been offered as reprints. She chaired the Department of Chicana/o Studies at LMU between 2001-2009 during which time average student enrollment in department courses per year increased by 100 students, average majors and minors numbered 25, and over 55% of all graduating majors or minors attended top-tier graduate and professional programs. Having instituted a new curriculum (2003-2008), which included the senior capstone seminar, Professor González has served as a mentor to many students, as well as to several junior faculty colleagues while at LMU.‌ (email)

Juan Mah Y Busch
Dr. Juan Mah y Busch, Associate Professor, Department of English and Affiliate with the Department of Chicana/o Studies, teaches courses in literary criticism, theory, and representation. Juan D. Mah y Busch researches and publishes on the interplay between awareness and agency. With a specialization in literary and cultural studies – especially their postcolonial, feminist and marxist strands – and formal training in meditation, his writings and courses explore the relationship among power, awareness, and lived experience. His current research pursues two related strands. Through critical ethical theory, aisthesis, and the study of literature, he writes about the role of aesthetic agency for an ethics of survival and life. In The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, he also has published on the interaction between critical and contemplative pedagogies.  Juan lives in Northeast Los Angeles with Irene and their children, Iza, Josué and Serén. (email)