Latino Studies
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 …

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Literature October 6, 2020

A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son

Sergio Troncoso

Hosted by Galit 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 …
American Studies August 3, 2020

Perchance to DREAM

A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA

Michael A. Olivas

Hosted by Susan Liebell
Why did the DREAM Act (for the Development, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors) never pass Congress – even though it was popular with Republicans and Democrats? What does the …
American Studies July 27, 2020

Migrant Citizenship

Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program

Verónica Martínez-Matsuda

Hosted by Derek Litvak
Verónica Martínez-Matsuda about her book Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020). Migrant Citizenship exams the Farm Security Administration’s …
African American Studies July 24, 2020

The Movement for Reproductive Justice

Empowering Women of Color through Social Activism

Patricia Zavella

Hosted by Isabel Machado
In The Movement for Reproductive Justice: Empowering Women of Color through Social Activism (NYU Press, 2020), Pat Zavella shows how reproductive justice organizations' collaborative work across racial lines provides a …
Caribbean Studies July 22, 2020

Baseball as Mediated Latinidad

Race, Masculinity, Nationalism, and Performances of Identity

Jennifer Domino Rudolph

Hosted by David-James Gonzales
In her incisive study Baseball as Mediated Latinidad: Race, Masculinity, Nationalism, and Performances of Identity (Ohio State University Press, 2020), Jennifer Domino Rudolph analyzes major league baseball’s Latin/o American players—who …