Latino Studies
Anthropology November 18, 2020

Manufacturing Celebrity

Latino Paparazzi and Women Reporters in Hollywood

Vanessa Diaz

Hosted by Reighan Gillam
While Hollywood’s images present a veneer of fantasy for some, the work to create such images is far from escapism. In Manufacturing Celebrity: Latino Paparazzi and Women Reporters in Hollywood …

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Biography November 16, 2020

Isabel “Lefty” Alvarez

The Improbable Life of a Cuban American Baseball Star

Kat D. Williams

Hosted by Mark Klobas
For many of its participants, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) offered them an opportunity to change their lives, yet few were as transformed as that of Isabel “Lefty” …
Latino Studies November 13, 2020

Latinx Art

Artists, Markets, and Politics

Arlene Davila

Hosted by David-James Gonzales
In Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics (Duke UP, 2020), Arlene Dávila draws on numerous interviews with artists, dealers, and curators to explore the problem of visualizing Latinx art and …
Literary Studies November 12, 2020

Writing Across the Color Line

U.S. Print Culture and the Rise of Ethnic Literature, 1877-1920

Lucas A. Dietrich

Hosted by Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed
In Writing Across the Color Line: U.S. Print Culture and the Rise of Ethnic Literature, 1877-1920 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2020), Lucas A. Dietrich investigates how ethnic literatures took shape …
Literature October 21, 2020

Once I Was You

A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

Maria Hinojosa

Hosted by David-James Gonzales
Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist who, for nearly thirty years, has reported on stories and communities in America that often go ignored by the mainstream media—from tales of hope …
American Studies October 14, 2020

The President and Immigration Law

Adam B. Cox and Cristina M. Rodríguez

Hosted by Jaime Sánchez
Who truly controls immigration law in the United States? Though common sense might suggest the U.S. Congress, legal scholars Adam B. Cox and Cristina M. Rodríguez argue that the president …
Literature October 6, 2020

A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son

Sergio Troncoso

Hosted by G. P. Gottlieb
A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son (Cinco Puntos Press, 2020) is a collection of linked short stories, which Luis Alberto Urrea called “a world-class collection.” The book won the Kay …
African American Studies September 29, 2020

Pushing Back

Women of Color–Led Grassroots Activism in New York City

Ariella Rotramel

Hosted by Hongdeng Gao
Pushing Back: Women of Color–Led Grassroots Activism in New York City (U Georgia Press, 2020) explores women of color’s grassroots leadership in organizations that are not singularly identified with feminism …
Literature September 22, 2020

Barrio Dreams

Selected Plays

Silviana Wood

Hosted by Andy Boyd
Silviana Wood is a legend of Chicano theatre. Through her involvement with Teatro Libertad, Teatro Chicano, and El Teatro Nacional de Atzlán she has created plays where working class Chicanos …
Latino Studies September 22, 2020

Decolonizing Latinx Masculinities

Frederick Luis Aldama

Hosted by Jaime Sánchez
An early wave of research helped make visible the complex dynamics of sexuality and gender norms in Latino life, but a new generation of scholars is bringing renewed energy and …
Folklore September 18, 2020

Quinceañera Style

Social Belonging and Latinx Consumer Identities

Rachel Valentina González

Hosted by Nancy Yan
A quinceañera is a traditional fifteenth birthday celebration for young women (though in contemporary times, it can also be for young men) in many Latinx communities. While the celebration has …
American Studies September 16, 2020

Latinos in American Football

Pathbreakers on the Gridiron, 1927 to the Present

J. Iber and M. Longoria

Hosted by Keith Rathbone
Today we are joined by Jorge Iber, Professor of History and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Science at Texas Tech, and Mario Longoria, a long-time author and …
Performing Arts September 15, 2020

The Fornes Frame

Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes

Anne García-Romero

Hosted by Andy Boyd
In The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes (University of Arizona Press, 2016) playwright and theatre scholar Anne García-Romero traces the career and legacy …
American Studies September 15, 2020

Ignored Racism

White Animus Toward Latinos

M. Ramirez and D. Peterson

Hosted by David-James Gonzales
Although Latinos are now the largest non-majority group in the United States, existing research on white attitudes toward Latinos has focused almost exclusively on attitudes toward immigration. Ignored Racism: White …
American Studies August 26, 2020

Bobby Maduro and the Cuban Sugar Kings

Lou Hernandez

Hosted by Jorge Iber
There are two key elements of today’s professional baseball that are informed by Lou Hernandez’s wonderful book Bobby Maduro and the Cuban Sugar Kings (McFarland, 2019): the increased presence of …
Latino Studies August 18, 2020

Reading, Writing, and Revolution

Escuelitas and the Emergence of a Mexican American Identity in Texas

Barragán Goetz

Hosted by Tiffany Jasmin González
Debates about Ethnic Studies in K-12 and Higher Education have highlighted the importance of culturally inclusive pedagogy in schools. Despite discussions about Ethnic Studies, there is a more extended history …
American Studies August 17, 2020

Inventing Latinos

A New Story of American Racism

Laura Gómez

Hosted by David-James Gonzales
Latinos have long influenced everything from electoral politics to popular culture, yet many people instinctively regard them as recent immigrants rather than a longstanding racial group. In Inventing Latinos: A …
African American Studies August 13, 2020

Racial Coalition Building in Local Elections

Elite Cues and Cross-Ethnic Voting

Andrea Benjamin

Hosted by Lilly Goren
What explains voting behavior in local elections? More specifically, what explains how ethnic and racial blocs vote in local elections, especially when the candidate may be of a different race …
American Studies August 11, 2020

Chicago Católico

Making Catholic Parishes Mexican

Deborah E. Kanter

Hosted by Jaime Sánchez
What happens when a new group of migrants enters not just the social and economic life of a city, but also its religious institutions? Deborah E. Kanter, the John S …
Latino Studies August 7, 2020


The Making of a Sporting Mexican Diaspora

José Alamillo

Hosted by Tiffany Jasmin González
In Deportes: The Making of a Sporting Mexican Diaspora (Rutgers University Press, 2020), Professor José Alamillo, a specialist in Chicana/o Studies, Labor, and Sports history, examines the powerful way Mexican …