Pioneering Chicana Historian Honored by Obama, NEH

Posted September 7th, 2015 by la Webjefa

Dr. Vicki Ruiz,Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine

Chicana historian Vicki Ruiz has been named a recipient of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the President of the United States. Dr. Ruiz is being honored for pioneering the history of twentieth-century Latinas in a distinguished career that began with collecting oral testimony from Mexican immigrants who worked in U.S. canning factories. She was the fourth Mexican-American woman to ever receive a doctorate in history in the United States.

Dr. Ruiz is among 10 honorees from elite universities nationwide who will accept the award from President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday, Sept. 10. The ceremony will be live-streamed at 3 p.m. at

MALCS congratulates Dr. Ruiz on this prestigious award which recognizes the importance of Chicana/Latina history!

Martha Gonzalez & Quetzal “Imaginaries” nominated for a Grammy award!

Posted December 6th, 2012 by la Webjefa

Chicana scholar-artist Martha Gonzalez and Quetzal have been nominated for a Grammy Award in “Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Alternative Album” for the 2012 album “Imaginaries,”  released on the Smithsonian Institution Folkways Label.

Martha is a PhD candidate in the program in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington.  She is currently a Ford Foundation 2012-13 Dissertation Fellow

Advisor Michelle Habell-Pallan describes Martha  as “cultural producer, singer, song-writer and percussionist.”  She writes “We knew Martha was a woman who rocked the Chicana studies (and the academy) and she does so in so many way–through her scholarship and music! The cd nominated “Imaginaries” was inspired in part by Emma Perez’s Decolonial Imaginaries–one of the foundational texts of Chicana Feminist theory.  Of course, Martha and Quetzal interpreted that in a such powerful musical way and had such a great dialogue with the musicians they created with.”

Martha’s academic scholarship focuses on the transnational music movement Fandangos Sin Fronteras. She recently presented her scholarly work in a plenary at last summer’s MALCS Summer Institute as well as other venues in Paris and Germany. She co-organizes the Seattle Fandango Project as well as the series “Alma en la Tarima/Soul Dancing” featuring Rubi Oseguera Rueda (Son De Madera), and Carolina Sarmiento (Son Del Centro, Santa Ana CA).

Martha recently published, “Zapateado Afro-Chicana Fandango Style: A Self-Reflective Moment,” in Dancing Across Borders: Danzas Y Bailes Mexicanos, eds. Olga Najera-Ramirez, Norma E. Cantu, Brenda M. Romero. University of Illinois Press.

Smithsonian describes Imaginaries as a creative combination of “East L.A.’s soundscape, traditional son jarocho of Veracruz, salsa, R&B, and more to express the political and social struggle for self-determination and self-representation 12 tracks, 55 minutes, 40-page booklet with bilingual notes.”  The album was produced by Quetzal Flores and Daniel E. Sheehy, recorded by Pete Reiniger, mixed by Pete Reiniger, mastered by Charlie Pilzer, liner notes by Russell Rodríguez and Martha González, cover artwork by José Ramírez, photography by Brian Cross, and design by Sonya Cohen Cramer.

The Grammy Awards will be held on February 10, 2013.

–thanks to Karen Anzoategui for the headsup


Felicitaciones a Profesora Tiffany Ana López

Posted October 26th, 2012 by Josie

Announcement of Tiffany

Tiffany Ana López named to Endowed Chair @UCR

Posted October 25th, 2012 by kmd

Today, October 25, Dr. Tiffany Ana López was appointed to the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Riverside campus of the University of California.

This is a great distinction not only within the UC system but throughout the United States as Dr. López is the third Chicana to hold such an endowed post. Dr. Maria Herrera-Sobek was our first in 1997.

Dr. López is appointed for a five-year term. The Endowed Chair provides leadership on campus, in the region, and in the nation in Chicana/o and Latina/o creative writing and may embrace research issues central to Tomás Rivera’s life. The Endowed Chair coordinates the Annual Tomás Rivera Conference. Finally, the Endowed Chair serves as ambassador to the Tomás Rivera Archive.

Join me in sending our warmest and loudest and purely Chingona congrats to one of our MALCS leaders.

Karen Mary Davalos
Professor and Chair
Loyola Marymount University

Special issue: “Chicana/Latina Testimonios: Mapping the Methodological, Pedagogical, and Political

Posted August 9th, 2012 by la Webjefa

Equity & Excellence in Education 45:3, 363-72 (2012)
Dolores Delgado Bernal, Rebeca Burciaga & Judith Flores Carmona,

While the genre of testimonio has deep roots in oral cultures and in Latin American human rights struggles, the publication and subsequent adoption of This Bridge called My Back (Moraga & Anzaldua, 1983) and more recently Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (Latina Feminist group, 2001) by Chicanas and Latinas, have demonstrated the power of testimonio as a genre that exposes brutality, disrupts silencing, and builds solidarity among women of color (Anzaldua, 1990). Within the field of education, scholars are increasingly taking up testimonio as a pedagogical, methodological, and activist approach to social justice that transgresses traditional paradigms in academia. Unlike the more common training of researchers to produce unbiased knowledge, testimonio challenges objectivity by situating the individual in communion with a collective experience marked by marginalization, oppression, or resistance. These approaches have resulted in new understandings about how marginalized communities build solidarity and respond to and resist dominant culture, laws, and policies that perpetuate inequity. This special issue contributes to our understanding of testimonio as it relates to methdology, pedagogy, research, and reflection within a social justice education framework. A common thread among these articles is a sense of political urgency to address educational inequities within Chicana/o and Latina/o communities.

–from the introductory essay by Dolores Delgado Bernal, Rebeca Burciaga & Judith Flores Carmona Continue reading »

UCSB graduates first three Chicana/o Studies Ph.D.s

Posted August 4th, 2012 by la Webjefa

By Patricia Marroquin at the UCSB Grad Post (submitted by Aida Hurtado):

image of first three Chicana/o Studies Ph.D.s

UC Santa Barbara’s Chicana and Chicano Studies Department made history this summer, and it’s an achievement that has been at least 30 years in the making. In June, three students participated in Graduate Division’s Commencement ceremony, becoming the first graduate students in the world to earn Ph.D.’s in Chicana and Chicano Studies.

The students are Jessie Turner, Thomas Avila Carrasco, and José G. Anguiano Cortez. Jessie received a spring 2012 degree, while Thomas and José are filing for summer 2012 degrees. For Jessie, José, and Thomas, this degree is a “family accomplishment,” “a collective achievement,” and one that instills “great pride.”

The idea for a Chicano Studies Ph.D. program at UCSB has multiple origins….

Story continues at UCSB GradPost

New book: Speaking from the Heart: Herstories of Chicana/ Latina, and Amerindian Women

Posted July 16th, 2012 by la Webjefa

Congrats to Rose Mary Borunda and Melissa Moreno on their new book, Speaking from the Heart: Herstories of Chicana, Latina, and Amerindian Women!

At the heart of Speaking from the Heart: Herstories of Chicana, Latina, and Amerindian Women are cultural narratives, trajectories toward decolonization offered by Chicana, Latina, and Amerindian women. The series of cultural narratives in this collection interrogate the universal history commonly taught in schools and society and focus on the cultural knowledge used to resist and negotiate the deep effects of cultural colonization in everyday life. These accounts of experiential knowledge and epistemology chronicle a sense of belonging and web of relationships which provide snapshots of a larger and more inclusive cultural narrative. We call these Herstories. The series of narratives and discussion questions in this collection are intended to facilitate the deconstruction of the master narrative and promote critical thinking.

Readers of Speaking from the Heart are invited to:

  • engage in a critical examination of what one has previously learned about the self and culture(s).
  • unveil states of submersion within a reality that has been constructed by others in power.
  • develop the capacity to understand the essence of subjectivity and the capacity to reexamine one’s positionality in the world.
  • critically reflect on their own narrative.

Contributors include Jennie Luna, Maria Mejorado, Michelle Maher, Julie Figueroa, Angie Chabram, Cindy Cruz, Rebecca Rosa, Sofia Villenas, Margarita I. Berta-Avila, Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner, and Ruth Trinidad-Galván.  This book can be of use in Mexican American, Chicana/o, Latino Studies, Ethnic Studies, Education, Women Studies, and English courses.

Rose Mary Borunda & Melissa Moreno
ISBN: 978-1-4652-0239-0