Latino Studies

Latino Studies


Interviews with scholars of Latinx Studies about their new books.

David Ostrowsky, "Roberto Alomar: The Complicated Life and Legacy of a Baseball Hall of Famer" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2024)

March 22, 2024

Roberto Alomar

David Ostrowsky
Hosted by Paul Knepper

Roberto Alomar was not just a five-tool Hall of Famer; he was a magician on the diamond, a generational talent whose defensive wizardry left teammates…

Carly Goodman, "Dreamland: America's Immigration Lottery in an Age of Restriction" (UNC Press, 2023)

February 29, 2024


Carly Goodman

In a world of border walls and obstacles to migration, a lottery where winners can gain permanent residency in the United States sounds too good to be…

Laurence Ralph, "Sito: An American Teenager and the City That Failed Him" (Grand Central Publishing, 2023)

February 21, 2024


Laurence Ralph
Hosted by Reighan Gillam

In September of 2019, Luis Alberto Quiñonez—known as Sito— was shot to death as he sat in his car in the Mission District of San Francisco. He was nin…

Mirelsie Velazquez, "Puerto Rican Chicago: Schooling the City, 1940-1977" (U Illinois Press, 2022)

February 17, 2024

Puerto Rican Chicago

Mirelsie Velazquez
Hosted by Max Jacobs

The postwar migration of Puerto Rican men and women to Chicago brought thousands of their children into city schools. These children's classroom exper…

Marisol LeBrón, "Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico" (U California Press, 2019)

February 14, 2024

Policing Life and Death

Marisol LeBrón
Hosted by Jesse Zarley

Marisol LeBrón’s new book, Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico (University of California Press, 2019), examines the…

Richard T. Rodríguez, "A Kiss Across the Ocean: Transatlantic Intimacies of British Post-Punk and US Latinidad" (Duke UP, 2022)

February 9, 2024

A Kiss Across the Ocean

Richard T. Rodríguez
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

In A Kiss Across the Ocean: Transatlantic Intimacies of British Post-Punk and US Latinidad (Duke UP, 2022), Richard T. Rodríguez examines the relation…

Julia Ornelas-Higdon, "The Grapes of Conquest: Race, Labor, and the Industrialization of California Wine, 1769–1920" (U Nebraska Press, 2023)

February 3, 2024

The Grapes of Conquest

Julia Ornelas-Higdon
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

California’s wine country conjures images of pastoral vineyards and cellars lined with oak barrels. As a mainstay of the state’s economy, California w…

Aimee Loiselle, "Beyond Norma Rae: How Puerto Rican and Southern White Women Fought for a Place in the American Working Class" (UNC Press, 2023)

January 17, 2024

Beyond Norma Rae

Aimee Loiselle
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

In the late 1970s, Hollywood producers took the published biography of Crystal Lee Sutton, a white southern textile worker, and transformed it into a …

Trent Masiki, "The Afro-Latino Memoir: Race, Ethnicity, and Literary Interculturalism" (UNC Press, 2023)

December 21, 2023

The Afro-Latino Memoir

Trent Masiki
Hosted by Reighan Gillam

Despite their literary and cultural significance, Afro-Latino memoirs have been marginalized in both Latino and African American studies. Trent Masiki…

Cecilia Márquez, "Making the Latino South: A History of Racial Formation" (UNC Press, 2023)

November 12, 2023

Making the Latino South

Cecilia Márquez
Hosted by Anna Lindner

The presence of Latinx people in the American South has long confounded the region's persistent racial binaries. In Making the Latino South: A History…

Sarah Mayorga, "Urban Specters: The Everyday Harms of Racial Capitalism" (UNC Press, 2023)

October 29, 2023

Urban Specters

Sarah Mayorga
Hosted by Richard Ocejo

Racial capitalism, invisible but threaded throughout the world, shapes our lives. Focusing on the experiences of white, Black, and Latinx residents o…

Marisel C. Moreno, "Crossing Waters: Undocumented Migration in Hispanophone Caribbean and Latinx Literature and Art" (U Texas Press, 2022)

October 27, 2023

Crossing Waters

Marisel C. Moreno
Hosted by Reighan Gillam

Debates over the undocumented migration of Latin Americans invariably focus on the southern US border, but most migrants never cross that arbitrary li…

Carmen Haydée Rivera and Jorge Duany, "Cuba and Puerto Rico: Transdisciplinary Approaches to History, Literature, and Culture" (U Florida Press, 2023)

October 15, 2023

Cuba and Puerto Rico

Carmen Haydée Rivera and Jorge Duany
Hosted by Anna Lindner

Carmen Haydée Rivera and Jorge Duany's edited volume Cuba and Puerto Rico: Transdisciplinary Approaches to History, Literature, and Culture (U Florida…

Lisandro Pérez, "The House on G Street: A Cuban Family Saga" (NYU Press, 2023)

October 13, 2023

The House on G Street

Lisandro Pérez
Hosted by Katie Coldiron

In The House on G Street: A Cuban Family Saga (NYU Press, 2023), award-winning author Lisandro Pérez tells Cuba’s story through the lens of a single f…

Joo Ok Kim, "Warring Genealogies: Race, Kinship, and the Korean War" (Temple UP, 2022)

October 4, 2023

Warring Genealogies

Joo Ok Kim
Hosted by Ann Choi

“[W]hat is our relationship to the Korean War and to the affinities” of different institutions that produce knowledge about the Korean War? (130) In h…

Jonathan Leal, "Dreams in Double Time: On Race, Freedom, and Bebop" (Duke UP, 2023)

September 14, 2023

Dreams in Double Time

Jonathan Leal
Hosted by Nathan Smith

In Dreams in Double Time: On Race, Freedom, and Bebop (Duke UP, 2023), Jonathan Leal examines how the musical revolution of bebop opened up new future…

Gilberto Rosas, "Unsettling: The El Paso Massacre, Resurgent White Nationalism, and the US-Mexico Border" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2023)

September 12, 2023


Gilberto Rosas
Hosted by Alize Arıcan

On August 3, 2019, a far-right extremist committed a deadly mass shooting at a major shopping center in El Paso, Texas, a city on the border of the Un…

Christian O. Paiz, "The Strikers of Coachella: A Rank-And-File History of the UFW Movement" (UNC Press, 2023)

September 8, 2023

The Strikers of Coachella

Christian O. Paiz

The past decades have borne witness to the United Farm Workers' (UFW) tenacious hold on the country's imagination. Since 2008, the UFW has lent its ra…

Erik Sherman, "Daybreak at Chavez Ravine: Fernandomania and the Remaking of the Los Angeles Dodgers" (U Nebraska Press, 2023)

September 6, 2023

Daybreak at Chavez Ravine

Erik Sherman
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Fernando Valenzuela was only twenty years old when Tom Lasorda chose him as the Dodgers' opening-day starting pitcher in 1981. Born in the remote Mexi…

Sarah R. Coleman, "The Walls Within: The Politics of Immigration in Modern America" (Princeton UP, 2023)

August 31, 2023

The Walls Within

Sarah R. Coleman
Hosted by Lilly Goren

Sarah Coleman, an historian at Texas State University, is the author of an important and topical book about immigration policy in the United States. T…