Dr. Karen Mary Davalos is Chair and 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)
Dr. Rodriguez y Gibson is Assistant 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)
Dr. 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. González 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)
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. Dr. Mah y Busch researches and writes about awareness and agency as well as the interplay between them. With training in Meditation and Literary and Cultural Studies, especially their postcolonial, feminist and Marxist strands, his essays and courses explore experience, power and knowledge through critical ethical theory and literature, with careful attention to liveliness of words and wordlessness. He currently writes about the role of aesthetic awareness as well as ways to weave together critical and contemplative pedagogies. (email)
Dr. Zepeda-Millan was born and raised in the East Los Angeles barrio of Boyle Heights. In 2011 Chris became the first Chicano to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Cornell University. His dissertation won the 2012 national "Best Dissertation Award" from the American Political Science Association's Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics. Professor Zepeda-Millán’s research interests include Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, and Social Movements. He is currently working on several single- and co-authored research projects, including a book manuscript tentatively titled Dignity’s Revolt: Threat, Identity, and Immigrant Mass Mobilization. The manuscript analyzes the development and dynamics of the historic 2006 nationwide immigrant rights protest-wave and its effects on the national electorate and policy-making process. As a publicly engaged scholar, Dr. Zepeda-Millán has been interviewed by several local, national and international media outlets, and is an occasional contributor to The Huffington Post and The Progressive magazine. (email)