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Faculty with Teaching and Research Interests in Latina/o Studies, 2018-2019

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Frances Aparicio

Emeritus Professor, Latina and Latino Studies
Professor of Spanish & Portuguese
Frances Aparicio's research interests include Latina and Latino literary and cultural studies, the cultural politics of U.S. Latino/a languages, Latino/a popular music and dance, literary and cultural translation, cultural hybridity, transnationalism, Latinidad, and intralatino subjects. She is author of Listening to Salsa (1998) and has edited numerous anthologies, including Tropicalizations (1997), Musical Migrations (2003), Hibridismos culturales (2006), and The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature (2012).

Ana Aparicio

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Phone number: 847-491-5132
Office location: 1810 Hinman, #212

Ana Aparicio is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on two major areas of research: 1- ethnographic research on the ways in which people of color (including immigrants and Latinos) and youth engage with and construct local politics, develop coalitions, and transform public space; and 2- analysis of the relationship between policy and racial/ethnic disparities in various sectors, including public health care.

Her work has received support from the Social Science Research Council and the National Science Foundation.  She is currently on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association.

She is the author of Dominican Americans and the Politics of Empowerment (part of the New World Diasporas series edited by Kevin Yelvington, University Press of Florida, 2006), which received the 2006 Association for Latina and Latino Anthropologists Book Award Honorable Mention.  One of the explicit goals of this work is to understand the dynamics of “community,” racial formation, and political citizenship in a contemporary urban, U.S., racialized, Latino/a, and Caribbean immigrant context.  She is also the co-editor of Immigrants, Welfare Reform and the Poverty of Policy (Greenwood, 2004). 

Her most recent research – funded by the National Science Foundation – is an ethnography of race and public space in contemporary suburbia; more specifically, she is examining suburban Latino and immigrant populations, inter-group relations, and the transformation of suburban public spaces. Aparicio has also worked with city and nonprofit organizations examining racial and ethnic disparities; this work has covered areas such as healthcare, welfare reform, education, and the construction industry.

Geraldo Cadava

Director, Latina and Latino Studies

Office location: Crowe Hall, Room 1131

Geraldo Cadava is the Director of the Latina and Latino Studies Program. He is also an Associate Professor of History, and an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He received a Ph.D. in History from Yale University, and a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College. His first book, Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard University Press, 2013 & 2016), was about the Arizona-Sonora border region since World War II. It won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians, and was named a finalist for the David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize for the best non-fiction book on Southwestern America. He is now completing his second book, Los Conservadores: The Untold Story of the Hispanic-American Political Tradition, about the making of a Hispanic conservative movement since the 1960s. He teaches courses on Latinx History, Latin American migration to the United States, and the United States-Mexico borderlands.

Héctor Carrillo

Associate Professor, Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies
Co-director of the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN)

Phone number: 847-467-0516
Office location: 1808 Chicago Ave, Room 101

His areas of specialization are Latino culture and ethnicity, sexuality, migration, and health. He is the author of The Night Is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS  (University of Chicago Press, 2002), which received the Ruth Benedict Prize from the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association. Most recently, Prof. Carrillo has studied the sexual migration of Mexican gay men to the United States. He is currently investigating the enabling and limiting aspects of the modern concept of sexual identity, specifically by examining the sexualities of men who do not fit neatly in the categories “straight,” “bi,” or “gay.” Prof. Carrillo teaches courses on the sociology of sexuality and Latino culture and ethnicity.

Alejandro E. Carrion

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Latina and Latino Studies

Office location: 1819 Hinman

Alejandro E. Carrión’s research focuses on the intersection of Latinos and education; more specifically the transition from high school to college for Latino males. He has taught sociology and Latino Studies as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at several institutions including Brooklyn College, The City College of New York, Manhattan College and Hostos Community College. Outside of the classroom, Alejandro has a rich background in piloting and directing programs that assist students with their college transition in New York City.  Such programs include, the CUNY Black Male Initiative at Hostos Community College, Let's Get Ready SAT prep program and The College Focus Program. Alejandro received his Ph.D. in Urban Education from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, an M.S. in Urban Affairs from Hunter College and a B.S. from Binghamton University. 

John Alba Cutler

Associate Professor, English

Phone number: 847-467-1783
Office location: University Hall Room 328

John Alba Cutler (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2008) specializes in US Latino/a literatures, multiethnic American poetry, contemporary American literature, and print culture studies. His book Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature (Oxford, 2015) examines how Chicano/a (Mexican American) literary works represent assimilation, and what those representations can teach us about race, gender, and the nature of literary discourse. Ends of Assimilation argues that Chicano/a literature illuminates and critiques the history of assimilation sociology, which has been blind to its own work as a cultural discourse, examining and illuminating by contrast the myriad ways that Chicano/a literature imagines cultural change.

Professor Cutler is now working on two projects. The first examines the prodigious literary output of US Spanish-language serials in the early twentieth century. Daily newspapers, weekly magazines, literary reviews, and anarchist journals were the primary literary institutions for Latina/o communities during this time period, publishing tens of thousands of original and reprinted poems, short stories, and crónicas. Cutler’s work illuminates an entire field of Latina/o modernism that these serial publications sponsored. The second project focuses on transnational literature of the US-Mexico border, which has proliferated in the years of ramped-up border militarization since the early 1990s. Contemporary literature challenges us to confront the illogic of border militarization and its accompanying cultural shifts.

Professor Cutler has published articles in American Literary HistoryAmerican Literature, MELUS, and Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, among other places. He is a core faculty member of the Latina and Latino Studies Program and a member of the Latina and Latino Literature Executive Committee for the Modern Language Association, as well as the Board of Directors of the Recovering the US-Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. He is active in the Poetry & Poetics Colloquium, and serves as a series editor for the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. He received the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013.

Jaime Dominguez

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Political Science

Phone number: 847-491-8916
Office location: 619 Emerson Road
His research interests include race and ethnicity, urban and Latino and minority politics. He is one of the principal architects of the Chicago Democracy Project (CDP), a thirty-year (1975-2005) online political database that provides citizens, community groups, and religious organizations with information on campaign finance, electoral outcomes, government contracts, minority appointments and levels of public employment for the City of Chicago.

Aldo Gallardo '09

Aldo Gallardo '09

I graduated in 2009 with a major in sociology and minor in Latina/o studies. For almost two years, I have been the Multicultural Resource Center Director at Northside Community Resources (formerly the Rogers Park Community Council), where I provide direct services and referrals to low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrants and refugees on the north side of Chicago. I primarily assist with issues of housing, immigration, public benefits, and legal rights and responsibilities. In January, I organized the North Side Immigrant College Forum at Sullivan High School that featured a panel discussion with speakers from immigrant organizations and educational nonprofits and a mini-college fair that focused on undocumented students. I am also on the executive board of the Latino Alumni of Northwestern University (LANU) and serve as its secretary. It has been a pleasure to stay connected to the university, meet engaging young Wildcats, and make new acquaintances from a variety of professional fields. In the future, I plan on pursuing a career in public interest and social justice law.

Myrna García

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Latina and Latino Studies

Office location: 1908 Sheridan Road

Dr. Myrna García is an interdisciplinary scholar and educator interested in critical ethnic studies, race and ethnicity, Latina/o/x im/migration, Chicana/Latina feminism, Latino History, Latinas/os in the Midwest, and Latina/o Social Movements.   

She is currently preparing a monograph entitled, “Pueblo Sin Fronteras [Community Beyond Borders]: Immigration, Labor, and Community Activism in Latina/o Chicago, 1965-1986.” She draws upon oral histories and archival research to document the youth activism undertaken by members of the Chicago chapter of the Center for Autonomous Social Action (CASA). Founded in Los Angeles in 1968, CASA is one of the most important transnational immigrant rights organizations to emerge from the Chicano Movement. CASA-Chicago youth in the 1970s conceptualized a “sin fronteras politics” as a transnational imagining that brought ethnic Mexicans together, regardless of birthplace, generation, or citizenship status. García’s study demonstrates how a sin fronteras politics was not only a precursor to the political ideology articulated in contemporary immigrant rights protests across the United States, but also a theoretical construct that grapples with both liberatory potentials and limitations for social change. Furthermore, the book is historicizes transnational Chicana/o~Latina/o youth activism as a continuum of a decolonial movement against state violence, global capitalism, racism, and labor exploitation. 

Henry Godinez

Professor, Theater

Phone number: 847-491-3157
Office location: 70 Arts Circle Drive Room 5-169
Henry Godinez is a professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern and the Resident Artistic Associate at the Goodman Theatre.  At Goodman he recently performed in 2666 directed by Robert Falls and Seth Bockley, directed the world premiere of Charise Castro Smith’s Feathers and Teeth, and in 2013, as director of the Latino Theatre Festival, fostered Goodman’s co-production of Pedro Paramo with Teatro Buendia of Cuba.  Born in Havana, Cuba, Godinez is the co-founder and former artistic director of Teatro Vista, co-editor of Festival Latino: Six Plays (NU Press) and proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Northwestern University Press and Albany Park Theater Project.

Arianna Hermosillo '10

Arianna Hermosillo '10

These days I am writing for Imagination Publishing, a custom content and marketing agency in Chicago. My writing covers a variety of clients and industries including finance, insurance and health. I am also co-teaching basic journalism at Radio Arte, a community-based radio station in the Pilsen neighborhood. My students come from all over the Chicago land area and after this part of a year-long training course, they will go on to learn more about radio and broadcast in general. I've returned to my hometown of Summit and am also volunteering with a couple of high school organizations there.

Emily Maguire

Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

Phone number: 847-491-2340
Office location: 3-125 Crowe
Emily Maguire research focuses on literature of the Hispanophone Caribbean and its diasporas. Her book Racial Experiments in Cuban Literature and Ethnography (University Press of Florida, 2011) explores the ways in which Cuban writers in the first half of the twentieth century drew on both ethnography and literature in their re-valorization of Afro-Cuban culture as a source of Cubanness. Her publications include essays in Small Axe, Revista Iberoamericana, Estudios, Ciberletras, and The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Literature. She is currently at work on a second book project on Caribbean science fiction.

Elvia Mendoza

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office location: 1860 Campus Drive, Crowe Hall Room 1144

Elvia Mendoza received her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research on the racial-sexual and gendered dimensions of state and juridical violence is based on ethnographic research and filmmaking.  Her extensive work with the exoneration efforts of four queer Chicana women (known as the San Antonio Four) falsely accused of sexually assaulting two young girls, and subsequently wrongfully convicted and incarcerated, sets the stage in her current work for investigating the ways in which the interlinking categories of race, sexuality, and gender are recalibrated through liberal discourses of state protection that rescript rationalities and practices of policing and surveilling Mexican/Chicanx subjects as a historical collective. 

The integration of different forms of alternative texts, such as film, photography, paintings, drawings, and performance, are central to her research and teaching methodologies.  She sees them as tools for conducting collaborative research and analysis, community-organizing, and as a means for affirming and building bridges of knowledge between academia and the community-at-large.  She is the field producer for Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio, an award-winning full-length film documentary based on the case of the San Antonio Four; filmmaker and producer of Nosotros Tambien Migramos, and other short film productions.  

Sophia Park '14

Sophia Park '14

Since graduation, I enrolled in an MPH/MBA program with a concentration in epidemiology and information technology at UIC. I am specifically interested in health care innovation, and how advances such as telemedicine and electronic medical records can improve healthcare delivery for medically marginalized communities. I will also be attending medical school next fall.

My experience at NU’s Latina/o Studies Program has been instrumental in framing my academic interests. My advisor, Dr. Aparicio, has been an enormous professional and personal resource to me over the years. I look forward to building upon my experiences and knowledge about Latino history and culture from NU to become a more culturally conscious physician in the future. 

Ramón Rivera-Servera

Associate Professor, Performance Studies

Phone number: 847-491-3275
Office location: 70 Arts Circle Drive Room 5-157
Ramón H. Rivera-Servera's research focuses on contemporary performance in North America and the Caribbean with special emphasis on the ways categories of race, gender, and sexuality are negotiated in the process of (im)migration. His work documents a wide array of performance practices ranging from theatre and concert dance to social dance, fashion, and speech.

His teaching ranges from seminar courses on Latina/o and queer performance, sound and movement studies, and visual cultural studies to workshop courses on social art practices, the performances of non-fiction, ethnographic research methods, and performance art.

He is author of Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2012), a study of the role performance played in the development of Latina/o queer publics in the United States from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. The book received the 2013 Lambda Book Award in the LGBT Studies, the 2013 Book Award from the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association, the 2013 Outstanding Publication Award from the Congress on Research in Dance, and a Special Citation for the 2012 de la Torre Bueno Book Prize in Dance Studies from the Society of Dance History Scholars.

He is currently conducting research for two book projects: Exhibiting Performance: Race, Museum Cultures, and the Live Event, which looks at the ways race has been collected and exhibited in North America and the Caribbean since the mid-1990s andChoreographing the Latina/o Post-Modern: Puerto Rican Moves in the New York Dance Avant-Garde, a cultural history of Puerto Rican participation in the New York City experimental dance scene since the 1980s.

Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Assistant Professor, Sociology & Latina and Latino Studies

Office location: 1810 Chicago Ave, Room 323

Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz is a sociologist of knowledge and race, born and raised in Chicago. His areas of specialization include: the politics of ethnoracial knowledge, Latino/a identity formation, and contemporary Latino civil rights politics. Michael received his PhD from Brown University in 2015.​

Monica Russel y Rodriguez

Senior Lecturer
Associate Dean of WCAS

Phone number: 847-491-3277
Office location: 1918 Sheridan
Dr. Russel y Rodríguez is a cultural anthropologist interested in race and mestizaje, modes of resistance to social inequality, and Chicana/Latina feminist theory. Selected published works include, “Accounting for MeXicana feminisms” (2008), American Ethnologist.

Maria Salazar '11

Maria Salazar '11

Reflecting on LLSP, I’m thankful for those two indispensable tools, especially when it comes to my passion for social justice work. It was through those courses that I first began to articulate what I was feeling, to name the problems, and thus begin to understand their roots. As I started my first job after college, doing community organizing with a statewide immigrant rights nonprofit, I again felt grateful for LLSP; in particular, for the encouragement to explore comparative analysis, to actively seek out multiple perspectives. Asian American Studies courses, for example, helped me understand the similarities and nuances of communities beyond those I was familiar with. This was critical, especially if I was to develop meaningful relationships with immigrants, refugees, and allies that I had never met before.
Perspective from LLSP faculty also came in handy when it came to doing some deep, painful self-reflection. While on campus it was easy to be reactionary, tackle multiple causes, neglect other priorities, feel angry or question whether I was doing enough to “change the world.” Change takes time and courage- it also requires us take care of ourselves, our health, our loved ones. Currently, I have a job that allows me to put those lessons into practice. Working at Oakton Community College’s Enrollment Center, I get to work with undocumented students, traditional-age students, adult learners, etc. My favorite aspect is doing trainings for faculty and staff at the College on policies like DACA and strategies to support immigrant youth. I hope that in sharing lessons learned and seeking opportunities to continue growing, I can make a small contribution towards the kind of world LLSP helped me envision.

Lucero Segundo '15

Lucero Segundo '15

This time last year, I had no idea what I was going to be doing post-graduation. I was with my family in California when I received a call from the secretary of Evanston Township’s principal inviting me for an interview. I booked a flight back to Chicago, moved into my new apartment and became the Equity Fellow at Evanston Township High School. What I have gained through LLSP has definitely been put to use in my year working at the high school. I am truly thankful to the Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern for helping me find myself and grow.

Throughout the school year at ETHS, the knowledge I gained from LLSP and ethnic studies at NU has helped me greatly. As the Equity Fellow I was able to bring some fellow Mechistas from NU for ETHS’s first Semana de la Mujer and Carlos Ballinas and Frances Aparicio also came to ETHS as career panelists for the ETHS Latinx Summit. Starting my fellowship, I kept thinking about Sara Ahmed’s On Being Included and how inequality will reproduce itself, not in spite of my position, but because of it. How do you help make the schooling experiences of historically marginalized students better when the foundation of the school is inherently colonial? I figured that my relationship with students and the space I provide them in my office could be the only radical things about my time there. I figured I could provide them the type of space, support and care that LLSP gave me. In one year I didn’t think I could get so close to so many people at ETHS. I’ve shared many laughs, tears and frustrations with folks at ETHS and it’s bittersweet leaving.

Now that my fellowship is over, I’m moving back to California and have decided to take the rest of 2016 off. I’m looking forward to staying with my family in Mexico for a few months and using my free time to get back into my paintings and help my mom with some home improvement projects.

Thank you to all the staff and faculty of LLSP for their support and pushing me to think deeper. I had the pleasure to serve as a work-study at the program for three years and I am honored that I am able to stay connected to the program through my graphic design. I’m happy that I stayed in Rogers Park for an extra year and was able to still pop by LLSP and keep learning. Stay in touch and hit me up if ya’ll are ever in California!

Samantha Terrazas '12

Samantha Terrazas '12

I am currently working in South Florida as Education Coordinator for the Farmworker Coordinating Council, an organization that offers social services to seasonal and migrant farmworkers. I work with student grades 1-5 and their parents to assist with educational needs. I was fortunate to be a part of the Latina/o Studies program while at Northwestern and the courses and professors were an essential part of my undergraduate experience. My Latina/o Studies degree has been beneficial in my current position, helping me work with my clients everyday. It is great to see all the courses and programming the department is offering and I am excited to see this continue on in the future!

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