Latino Studies

Latino Studies


Interviews with scholars of Latinx Studies about their new books.

Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Equity and Justice

May 30, 2024

Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Equity and Justice

Gina Ann Garcia

What makes Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) uniquely Latinx? And how can university leaders, staff, and faculty transform these institutions into …

M. Ramirez and D. Peterson, "Ignored Racism: White Animus Toward Latinos (Cambridge UP, 2020)

May 28, 2024

Ignored Racism

M. Ramirez and D. Peterson

Although Latinos are now the largest non-majority group in the United States, existing research on white attitudes toward Latinos has focused almost e…

Benjamin Bryce and David M. K. Sheinin, "Race and Transnationalism in the Americas" (U Pittsburgh Press, 2021)

May 22, 2024

Race and Transnationalism in the Americas

Benjamin Bryce and David M. K. Sheinin
Hosted by Ariadna Obregon

Edited by Benjamin Bryce and David Sheinin, Race and Transnationalism in the Americas (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021), highlights the importanc…

Omar Valerio-Jiménez, "Remembering Conquest: Mexican Americans, Memory, and Citizenship" (UNC Press, 2024)

May 22, 2024

Remembering Conquest

Omar Valerio-Jiménez

Omar Valerio-Jiménez's book Remembering Conquest: Mexican Americans, Memory, and Citizenship (UNC Press, 2024) analyzes the ways collective memories o…

Ariana Mangual Figueroa, "Knowing Silence: How Children Talk about Immigration Status in School" (U Minnesota Press, 2024)

May 7, 2024

Knowing Silence

Ariana Mangual Figueroa
Hosted by Laura Kelly

Learning from children about citizenship status and how it shapes their schooling. There is a persistent assumption in the field of education that c…

Julia G. Young, "Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War" (Oxford UP, 2019)

May 6, 2024

Mexican Exodus

Julia G. Young
Hosted by Ethan Fredrick

In Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War (Oxford University Press, 2019), Julia G. Young reframes the Cristero War as a …

Héctor Beltrán, "Code Work: Hacking Across the US/México Techno-Borderlands" (Princeton UP, 2023)

April 21, 2024

Code Work

Héctor Beltrán
Hosted by Liliana Gil

In Code Work: Hacking Across the US/México Techno-Borderlands (Princeton UP, 2023), Héctor Beltrán examines Mexican and Latinx coders’ personal strate…

Diana Leon-Boys, "Elena, Princesa of the Periphery: Disney’s Flexible Latina Girl" (Rutgers UP, 2023)

April 19, 2024

Elena, Princesa of the Periphery

Diana Leon-Boys
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In the summer of 2016, Disney introduced its first Latina princess, Elena of Avalor. Elena, Princess of the Periphery: Disney’s Flexible Latina Girl (…

The Things We Didn't Know: A Conversation with Elba Iris Pérez

April 18, 2024

The Things We Didn't Know

Elba Iris Pérez

Today’s book is: The Things We Didn’t Know (Gallery Books, 2024), by Dr. Elba Iris Pérez. A cross-cultural coming-of-age story, The Things We Didn’t K…

Eve Golden, "Strictly Dynamite: The Sensational Life of Lupe Velez" (UP of Kentucky, 2023)

April 17, 2024

Strictly Dynamite

Eve Golden

Before Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, and Penelope Cruz, there was Lupe Velez―one of the first Latin-American stars to sweep past the xenophobia of old Ho…

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…