Publications and Awards


New Book: Teaching Gloria E. Anzaldua: Pedagogy and Practice for Our Classrooms and Communities

Editors: Margaret E. Cantu-Sanchez, Candace de Leon-Zepeda, and Norma E. Cantu.

University of Arizona Press Published 2020

Teaching Gloria E. Anzaldúa is a pragmatic and inspiring offering of how to apply Anzaldúa’s ideas to the classroom and in the community rather than simply discussing them as theory. The book gathers nineteen essays by scholars, activists, teachers, and professors who share how their first-hand use of Anzaldúa’s theories in their classrooms and community environments.

New Book: Colonial Legacies in Chicana/o Literature and Culture: Looking Through the Kaleidoscope

by Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez

University of Arizona Press Published September 2020

Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez traces how Spanish colonial texts reflect the motivation for colonial domination. She argues that layers of U.S. colonialism complicate how Chicana/o literary scholars think about Chicana/o literary and cultural production. She brings into view the experiences of Chicana/o communities that have long-standing ties to the U.S. Southwest but whose cultural heritage is tied through colonialism to multiple nations, including Spain, Mexico, and the United States.

New Book: Querencia: Reflections on the New Mexico Homeland

Edited by Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez, Levi Romero, and Spencer R. Herrera; Foreword by Rudolfo Anaya

University of New Mexico Press Published June 2020

This collection of both deeply personal reflections and carefully researched studies explores the New Mexico homeland through the experiences and perspectives of Chicanx and indigenous/Genízaro writers and scholars from across the state. The importance of querencia for each contributor is apparent in their work and their ongoing studies, which have roots in the culture, history, literature, and popular media of New Mexico. Be inspired and enlightened by these essays and discover the history and belonging that is querencia.

Publication: Trump’s Latinx Repatriation

by Kevin R. Johnson, NACCS Scholar 2008

June 6, 2020, Published in the UCLA Law Review

This Article contends that, as part and parcel of his fervent anti-immigrant agenda, President Trump is engaging in a concerted effort to remove Latinx peoples, especially Mexicans and Central Americans, from the country. Just as the previous Mexican removal campaigns did, the new Latinx repatriation accomplishes mass removals and encourages Latinx non-citizens, along with U.S. citizen children, to leave the country and self-deport, or, alternatively, to never come to the United States in the first place.Here is to the full article: Link:

Building Teaching Capacity for LGBTQ+ Inclusion with Queer Ethnic Studies

by Mario Espinoza-Kulick and Dr. Alex Espinoza-Kulick

LGBTQ+ students have led movements for more fairness, inclusion, and justice in schools. Student groups, individual student activists, as well as their adult allies often do the work of educating themselves, their peers, and the larger community. While the knowledge created by and for young people is especially powerful and effective, students come to school to learn and adults are meant to guide and support them. So, how can educators further step up to be allies and accomplices with movements for LGBTQ+ inclusion?

Espinoza-Kulick, Mario, and Alex Espinoza-Kulick. 2020. “Building Teaching Capacity for LGBTQ+ Inclusion with Queer Ethnic Studies.” Carnegie Education Blog. Leeds Beckett University. Available at


Aída Hurtado, 2015 NACCS Scholar, Receives Honorable Mention for the 2020 NWSA Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize

Aída Hurtado

Aída Hurtado received an honorable mention for the 2020 NWSA Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize for her recent University of Arizona Press title, Intersectional Chicana Feminisms!

The 2020 NWSA Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize offers recognition for groundbreaking monographs in women’s studies that make significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship. The prize honors Gloria Anzaldúa, a valued and long-active member of the National Women’s Studies Association.

Advocating for and demonstrating the importance of an intersectional, multidisciplinary, activist understanding of Chicanas, Intersectional Chicana Feminisms provides a much-needed overview of the key theories, thinkers, and activists that have contributed to Chicana feminisms.

Aída Hurtado is the Luis Leal Endowed Chair and a professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The Future of Ethnic Studies Alumni Award

Recipient: Mario Espinoza-Kulick

For contributions made in research, teaching and service.

Institution: The Ethnic Studies Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Mario’s research focuses on topics of health policy, immigration, critical queer studies, Latina/o/x studies and social movements. Most recently, he finished his master’s thesis, “The Care-Advocacy Paradox: How Social Movement Organizers Strategize in Support of People Living with HIV/AIDS” which researched how the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power garnered attention for people living with HIV/AIDS during an era when most people affected by the epidemic were being dismissed and underserved. This thesis won the Martin Levine Student Paper Award in 2018.

He is currently researching for his dissertation which looks at health advocacy and access for Latinx immigrant communities along the Central Coast in California. His intersectional identity as Queer, Chicanx and Indigenous has provided him with unique experiences throughout his journey that give him a distinctive depth in researching immigrant/Indigenous communities at risk for disease. Knowing that health access is simply unequal in immigrant communities motivates Mario to continue his work on ways in which healthcare agencies and social movement organizations can advocate for marginalized groups in culturally appropriate ways and through implementation of equitable health policies.

Fall 2020, No. 46 No. 1

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