Faculty (Tenured, Tenure-Line)
Anita Revilla Tijerina
Office: King Hall C-4035
Dr. Anita Tijerina Revilla is an activist scholar and Professor who joined the department in fall of 2019. Her research focuses on student movements and social justice education, specifically in the areas of Chicana/Latina, immigrant, feminist and queer rights activism. Her expertise is in the areas of Jotería (Queer and Latinx) Studies, Chicanx Education, Chicana/Latina Feminism, and Critical Race/Ethnic Studies. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, she earned her doctorate from UCLA Graduate School of Education in Social Sciences and Comparative Education with an emphasis in Race and Ethnic Studies. She is working on a book about feminist, queer, and immigrant rights activism in Las Vegas and Los Angeles titled, Muxeristas y Jotería: From Los Angeles to Las Vegas and Beyond. She is also a visual artist that specializes in painting muxerista and Queer community.
Associate Professor, Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor
Office Location: King Hall D1052A
Dr. José G. Anguiano earned his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012 as part of the first cohort of Chicana and Chicano Studies PhDs in the nation. His research is in the areas of: Chicana/o and Latina/o popular music and culture; sound and listening studies; and music, race and citizenship. His primary focus is listeners and audiences of popular music. Dr. Anguiano’s research documents how popular music links communities of listeners across time and space, and how listening can be an active and creative form of claiming space, citizenship and respect. This research has led to a book project tentatively titled Latino Listening Cultures, which is an ethnographic account of select contemporary Latino listeners in the Southern California region. Dr. Anguiano teaches courses for Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies and the Honor's College in literature, music and sound in Chicana/o and Latina/o communities.
Dr. Alejandro Covarrubias earned his PhD at UCLA and joined the Department of Chicanx and Latinx Studies in 2008. His praxis confronts persistent and pervasive patriarchal, White-supremacist colonialism in American institutions, policies, and practices. Dr. Covarrubias studies intersectional institutionalization of educational (in)opportunities, with a focus on the experiences of refusal and resistance by high school Push-Outs, the policies that lead to removal, displacement, criminalization, and commodification/elimination of indigenous brown bodies, and the community-based places that reengage Pushouts in alternative educational projects. He was a 2017-2018 Fellow for the Public Good at CSULA and has published in Race, Ethnicity, and Education, Urban Education, Teachers College Record, Journal of Latinos and Education, anthologies focusing on critical race quantitative methodologies and Chicanx resistance, and in other venues. Working in community with PushOuts, Alejandro founded LA CAUSA and INSPIRE in East LA and Watts, respectively.
Dolores Delgado Bernal
Office: King Hall C4079
Dr. Dolores Delgado Bernal earned her Ph.D. from UCLA as a first-generation college student. Her scholarship draws from critical race studies, Chicana feminist methodologies, and educational studies to investigate educational (in)equity, Latinx educational pathways, feminista pedagogies, and different forms of resistance. Her co-authored and co-edited books include: Transforming Educational Pathways for Chicana/o Students: A Critical Race Feminista Praxis (2017), Chicana/Latina Testimonios as Pedagogical, Methodological and Activist Approaches to Social Justice (2015), and Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology (2006). She is an affiliated faculty with the Charter College of Education. Some of her awards include American Educational Research Association Distinguished Scholar Award, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social Tortuga Outstanding Scholar Award, and Critical Race Studies in Education Association Derrick Bell Legacy Award. Her biggest award is being mamá to three teenage boys.
Sandra J. Gutiérrez de Jesús
Dr. Sandra J. Gutiérrez de Jesús is P’urhépecha, born and raised in the state of Michoacán, Mexico. She is an Assistant Professor at Cal State LA in the Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies and the Latin American Studies Program. Her research interests include, but are not limited to indigenous self-government, comunalidad, linguistic revitalization, indigenous radio and media communications, and cultural autonomy. Dr. Gutiérrez is currently working on a book manuscript grounded on oral histories that interweave personal stories, collective memory, and communal ethics in P’urhépecha communities. She is a founding member of Radio Uekorheni, a community-based radio station located in Huecorio, Michoacán, Mexico, which focuses on the documentation and revitalization of P’urhépecha language and indigenous knowledge systems. Dr. Gutiérrez enjoys spending time with her family, watching horror movies, and embroidering.
Rafael R. Solórzano
Office Location: King Hall B-3023
Dr. Rafael R. Solórzano joined Cal State LA as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies in the fall of 2019. Rafael is a social movement historian whose teaching interest include Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x history, racial geographies, and queer of color critique. He earned his Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA with an emphasis on gender studies. Born and raised behind the orange curtain of Orange County, CA, Rafael has been a racial justice advocate for over 20 years. He plans to write racial justice history by documenting coalition efforts that center those most marginalized in society. His current book project, Trail of Dreams; Forging New Visions of Migrant Justice, documents the political ingenuity led by undocumented youth along the Trail, a four month, 1,500 mile walk from Miami, FL to Washington D.C. in 2010.
Office Location: King Hall B-3023
Professor Talavera-Bustillos is a fourth-generation Chicana and a first-generation college student from South Gate. She graduated from Pius X High School, attended UC Irvine, and received her doctorate in 1998 from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education, mentored by Professor Daniel G. Solórzano. She began teaching Chicano Studies in 1999 as an adjunct and joined the faculty in 2003. Another mentor, Professor Rita Ledesma guided her passion for teaching and supporting students. Professor Talavera-Bustillos is a full professor and served as Summer Department Chair from 2014-2016 and was Interim Department Chair in 2016. She was the director of two mentorship programs and Chair of the Chicano/Latino faculty advocacy group in 2017. She brings her personal experiences and academic training to her teaching to help students become critical thinkers, develop as scholars-in-training, and serve our community now and after they graduate.
Dr. Lauren Arenson completed her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in Intercultural Education. In addition to her years of teaching at Pasadena City College and CSULA, she has worked at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits) and the Los Angeles Zoo. Dr. Arenson also currently teaches in the department of Anthropology at Cal State LA. She has worked on three textbooks and an online lab manual in Physical Anthropology. She was awarded the Ralph Story Service Award for significant contributions to the college, to the community, and to the field of education. As a trained member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corp, her research interests focus on climate change and issues of diversity, health inequities and environmental justice.
Rudy Casarez, MA
I am an American born Mexican who grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Seeing education as the most direct avenue to improve upward mobility, I focused on the educational success and failures of minorities from underprivileged communities like my own. I set the personal goal of trying to uplift my community by giving back and challenging discrimination and prejudice. I Mastered in Chicano Studies at CSUN, and Mastered in Communication Studies at Cal State LA. I have been a professor for ten years and teach regularly in the Los Angeles Community College District, and at my alma matter Cal State LA. My hobbies include fishing, camping, boxing, mechanics, and enjoying leisurely time with friends and family when I am not busying myself with strategies of empowerment for the community from which I claim membership. Personal goals of mine include preparing my students for success in college and university, and raising the graduation/transfer rate of college/university students. My philosophy is based upon the idea that leadership is the sum of those qualities that enable a person to inspire and to lead a group of people successfully and that the core values of leadership do not change. In short, I am committed to forming leaders from underprivileged communities that will want to make more of a difference, will foster change, build community, take action, communicate vision, understand responsibility, embrace sound ethical direction and decisions for themselves and others when necessary.
Dr. Nora Alba Cisneros received her Ph.D., Masters, and Bachelors degrees from UCLA. Professor Cisneros specializes in Chicana and Indigenous Feminist Pedagogies, Critical Race Theories in Education, Writing, and Adolescent Psychology. Proudly raised by padres Mexicanos in Inglewood, Professor Cisneros researches how Indigenous and Chicana/Latina youth are engaged as writers to create more just education policies, more meaningful social movements, and ultimately more empowered ways of living while refusing settler colonialism and heteropatriarchy. As a founding member of the Mothers of Color in Academia (MOCA) collective, Professor Cisneros is a strong advocate for students with dependents. Her writing has been featured in The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, in Chicana M(other)work Anthology (forthcoming, University of Arizona Press) and in The Huffington Post. She lives in Compton and adores family time, cafecito and vintage sci-fi.
A public historian-artist-photographer-filmmaker, Dr. Lani Cupchoy earned her B.A. from UCLA, M.A. from California State LA, and PhD. from UC Irvine. Her research focuses on public culture, oral history, gender, and community engagement, particularly through social and cultural expressions by people of color. She has authored several publications including “Fragments of Memory” in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2010: 35 and “Breaking the University Myth,” Diálogo, 21:2, 2018. Her article, which appeared in Yes! Magazine, captures the story of Bell Gardens Elementary school teacher Leslie Hiatt and her students who inspired Assemblymember Cristina Garcias’ AB 146 into a law requiring that the unconstitutional deportation of Mexican-Americans during the 1930s be included in California textbooks. Focusing on Hiatt and her students, Lani’s latest documentary, Truthseekers illuminates the power of youth activism, community engagement, and ethnic studies.
"Sonny" Richard E. Espinoza
“Sonny” Richard E. Espinoza PhD has taught in the field of Chicana/o Studies for more than 18 years at institutions such as UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, and UC Irvine. He is a passionate educator, activist-scholar, and father, whose research interests include race, mass media and the Latino market, Chicana/o cinema, Latin American cinema, and the function of digital media in the service of social justice. His teaching pedagogy applies critical race theory to the interrogation of mass media for the purpose of developing media literacy and conscientization. He has also taught community engagement courses in Boyle Heights, where Cal State LA students and youth have collaborated to create digital media to address social justice and community health. Dr. Espinoza received his doctorate in Critical Studies at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, and his current research focuses on the visual documentation of the Chicano Moratorium.
Daniel M. Estrada
Dr. Daniel M. Estrada received his doctoral degree in Government, emphasizing International Relations and Political Theory, at the Claremont Graduate University. He was an Assistant Professor at Washington State University and a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan Survey Research Center. Dr. Estrada, previously researched Pacific Northwest Chicano political organizations and Mexican origin populations. One of his articles, Chicanos in the Northwest and Midwest United States: A History of Cultural and Political Commonality, was co-published with Dr. Richard Santillan in Perspectives in Mexican American Studies. With nineteen years as a Los Angeles County probation officer, Dr. Estrada has edited a book on California’s gang enhancement laws, and he is editing a second book on this topic. He is currently writing case studies on California’s Voting Rights Act and on California immigration issues and the state’s conflicts with federal immigration policy.
Olga A. Garcia
Poet Olga Garcia Echeverría is the author of Falling Angeles: Cuentos y Poemas, the chapbook Lovely Little Creatures and a contributor to the anthology, Imaniman: Poets Writing in The Anzaldúan Borderlands. Her work is found in numerous literary spaces including Lavandería: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash and Words; The Sun; and Telling Tongues: A Latinx Anthology on Language. She is a Touching Lives Fellow awarded by A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO) to women writers and artists who have made significant long-term contributions to students and teaching. Garcia Echeverría earned her M.F.A. from the University of Texas, El Paso, B.A. in Ethnic Studies, UC Santa Cruz, and an honorary degree in Code-switching from the Universidad Autónoma de Lenguas Desbordadas.
Michelle L. Lopez
Michelle L. Lopez is a Cal State LA alumna earning both her M.A. and her M.F.A. from the institution. In 2014, she joined the Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Department as a lecturer. She is an educator, artist, curator, grant writer, community organizer, and mom. The focus of her research is in pre-Columbian and contemporary cultural studies and different forms of activism. Michelle serves as the finance director for the artivist (artist and activist) organization Mujeres de Maiz, and she also works with the Boyle Heights arts organization Self Help Graphics & Art. Her most recent work in fall 2018 includes co-curating the exhibition, Entre Tinta y Lucha: 45 Years of Self Help Graphics & Art at the Cal State LA Fine Arts Gallery.
Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes
Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes is a Xicana Indigenous artist, activist, organizer, educator, designer, performer, professor and holistic wellness practitioner from East Los Angeles. Her research, creative work, and praxis focus on art, social justice, spirituality, women of color feminisms, indigenous cultures and community wellness. She has published on these topics in various anthologies. Montes is the founder of the cultural artivist projects In Lak Ech, La Botanica del Barrio, El MERCADO y Mas and director of Mujeres de Maiz. For over 25 years, she has worked with dozens of organizations including the Zapatistas, Peace & Dignity Journeys, Self Help Graphics & many more. Montes graduated UCLA with a B.A. in World Arts & Cultures, minor in Chicana/o/x Studies, M.A in Chicana/o/x Studies from CSUN, and M.F.A from Otis College of Art & Design in Public Practice Art.
Omar G. Ramirez
Omar G. Ramirez’s methodology is rooted in Chicanx art, specifically the intersection of art in public spaces and community transformation. He uses a Restorative Cultural Arts Practice holding space for collaboration, participation, and engagement. It’s a process that facilitates and encourages transformation, cultural perpetuity, and the use of historical/cultural knowledge. It provides a critique of social oppression and a pathway toward social, economic, and environmental justice for participants and audience. The process emphasizes creative problem-solving and promotes collaborative solution practices. As a practitioner, teaching artist, and creative strategist his work focuses on a process that defuses focus on object monetization and engages through dynamic interactions addressing the social and emotional needs of participants and audiences. Ramirez has been facilitating, participating, and collaborating for over 20 years in community spaces, educational institutions, and with incarcerated populations.
Leda Ramos, M.F.A., Rutgers University, teaches Chicanx Latinx Art, Film, Visual Culture and Transmedia Organizing. She is Director of the Central American Memoria Historica Archive Project at Cal State LA and artist/co-curator of the 2018-2019 exhibition "Central American Families: Networks & Cultural Resistance," JFK Memorial Library. Current art projects include: Dolores Huerta Plaza in Boyle Heights; CLS Department Visual Design (2016-2019); CFA-LA Organizing; UMAS/MEChA exhibit; International Zapatista Women’s Encuentro, Chiapas (2018); Co-editor, Izote Vos: A Collection of Salvadoran American Writing and Visual Art; FORO 2000 Poetry/Performance, El Salvador; Space, Site and Intervention: Situating Installation Art (Minnesota Press); Hidden Labor: History of the Garment Industry, Common Threads Artists & ADOBE LA (Architects, Artists and Designers Opening Up the Border Edge of Los Angeles). She is a former College Art Associate Fellow (1997) at The Getty Research Institute.
Ryan E. Santos
Dr. Ryan E. Santos earned his Ph.D. from UCLA. His interdisciplinary training is rooted in the fields of education and ethnic studies. His research interests are historical studies of educational issues and legal cases, such as segregation and bilingual education, relevant to Chicanx and Latinx communities through a Critical Race Educational History methodology. He is currently working on a manuscript that contextualizes Chicanx community experiences and perspectives of school desegregation efforts in Crawford v. Los Angeles Board of Education (1963-1982) within the larger Chicanx movement struggle for social justice. His co-authored research on Latinx community college student experiences with developmental education has been published in the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, the Perspectivas policy brief series, and the PATHWAYS to Postsecondary Success policy report series. He loves being a dad, watching soccer games, and reading graphic novels.
Daniel Topete is a Chicanx Studies scholar. He received a Ph.D. in American Studies in 2016 from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He also received a Bachelors and Masters in Chicano Studies from Cal State LA in 2006 and 2009, and wrote a Master’s thesis titled Undocumented Music: Belonging and Citizenship through Los Angeles based Hip-hop. His work focuses on artivism, Chicana/o Latina/o education, construction of the Nation, assimilation, Chicanx social movements, and gender performance. He taught in American Studies and Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota from 2009 to 2015 and began teaching at Cal State LA in Fall 2015. His dissertation is titled Taking Back Mi Lengua: Spanish Rock, Space, and Authenticity in Chicana/o Barrios & Academia, and he is currently working on the manuscript, ‘Nunca Me Voy A Transformar En Ti:’ Negotiations of Mexican Nationalism in Chicana/Chicano Identity.
Theresa A. Yugar
Theresa A. Yugar is a Peruvian American scholar in religion whose academic focus is on women and ecology in Latin America. She is a graduate of Harvard University with a master’s degree in Feminist Theology and has a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in the field of Women Studies in Religion. Her teaching and research interests include creating counter narratives in course curriculum, reclaiming the native indigenous cosmology within a Buen Vivir ecological framework, reimagining Andean colonial frameworks, and reflecting on 17th century Novohispana Latina woman Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in a contemporary U.S. context. She is the author of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Feminist Reconstruction of Biography and Text (Wipf and Stock, 2014), and chief editor for the co-edited book "Valuing Lives, Healing Earth: Religion, Gender, and Life on Earth (Peeters, Belgium, 2021) which focuses on women who embody commitments to healing the earth rendered vulnerable by problematic social systems in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
Arturo Zepeda is a Cal State L.A alumni earning his M.A in Chicana/o Studies. He also received his B.A in Latin American Studies with a minor in Central American Studies. In 2014, he joined the Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Department as a lecturer. The focus of his research is in Latin American social movements, barrio activism, and transnational grassroots organizing. His methodology is rooted in community pedagogies, specifically in theories of postcolonial studies, subaltern studies, and coloniality of power. He uses an interdisciplinary approach to understand how ethnic politics and popular education is utilized by Latin American grassroots social movements to resist the cultural legacies of colonialism. Furthermore, he uses ethnographic research and testimonios to understand Latina/o immigrant activism. Prior to teaching, Arturo was a community organizer on immigrant rights to day laborers and undocumented students in the Westlake area.
Francisco E. Balderrama
Phone/Ext: 3 - 2987
Office: King Hall C-3059
Phone/Ext: 3 - 2195
Office: King Hall B-3023
I was born in Guadalajara, México, but grew up in Tijuana, thus on the crossroads of the Mexico-U.S. border. I received my B.A. and M.A. degrees from San Diego State University, a campus that honored me in 1975 with a Distinguished Alumni Award. My studies at UCLA led to a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, with a doctoral dissertation on Mexican historian Edmundo O’Gorman. My dissertation was written under the direction of Argentine philosopher Aníbal Sánchez-Reulet, a former student of Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset. I began teaching in the Department of Chicano Studies in the fall 1974 on a part-time basis, and joined the Chicano Studies faculty in 1976 as assistant professor and Acting Department Chair. In 1994 I began my joint appointment in the English Department. I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses in literature (Chicano, European, Latin American, Mesoamerican, Mexican), and have directed numerous master’s theses in both departments. My courses generally have an emphasis on the novel, short fiction, the essay, and on narrative myths (when Mesoamerican).
Teaching at Cal State L.A. for more than 40 years has been a most rewarding experience in my life. I have worked with colleagues, staff, and students on various international conferences; founded the Chicano Studies Publications Center (1976-1984), with two journals (Campo Libre and Escolios). I have also produced plays on campus (Bodas de sangre, by Federico García Lorca; and Bless Me, Ultima, a play adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya’s novel Bless Me, Ultima). As project director of the annual Gigi Gaucher-Morales Memorial Conferences, I have organized with fellow colleagues conferences on Mesoamerica, Octavio Paz, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Carlos Fuentes and, most recently, on Rudolfo Anaya, Mariano Azuela, and Américo Paredes. My publications range from book reviews and articles to books on Chicano and Mexican writers, as well as on Mesoamerican civilization and on humanism, critique, and modernity (for more specific information, visit my additional website [see below]). I have been very lucky: Cal State L.A. has honored me with an Outstanding Professor Award (1990), and with the President’s Distinguished Professor Award (2010).
For more specific information, visit my additonal website www.robertocantucv.blogspot.com
Office: FA - 230
Professor David Diaz retired from the department 2015
Dr. Diaz is an expert in both urban planning and environmental impact analysis. His research interest focus on the intersections of ethnicity and class in relation to federal and local redevelopment policy. He works with community based non-profit groups in relation to urban policy and gang intervention programs. Dr. Diaz obtained his Ph.D. in Urban Studies from UCLA. He is a contributing columnist to La Opinion, Los Angeles’ leading Spanish language newspaper.
Dr. Diaz is the author of, Barrio Urbanism Routledge, 2005, a pioneering project linking conventional urban policy issues, conflicts between the planning profession and Chicanas/os, and the historical urbanization of Chicanas/os in the Southwest. Dr. Diaz is also developing a field research project in the community of Lincoln Heights focusing on the cross-cultural issues related to the significant in-migration of working class Asians into a traditional Chicana/o barrio.
Louis R. Negrete
Dr. Louis R. Negrete joined the Mexican American Studies Program in 1969, thus becoming one of the founding faculty of the Department of Chicano Studies. He served several terms as Department Chair and was principal academic adviser for most of his tenure on campus. He wrote the first department academic programs with general and teacher options, and also wrote the Master of Arts Degree program in Mexican American Studies.
Dr. Negrete taught undergraduate courses and graduate seminars. His students were encouraged to evaluate academic theory based on their own experience and observation, and to explore ways to create democracy in local neighborhoods and to learn skills for community organizing. He served as principal academic adviser of several M.A. thesis projects.
Dr. Negrete published articles in the Journal of Comparative Cultures, La Causa Política: A Chicano Politics Reader, Borderlands Journal, Aztlán Journal, and in Contemporary Sociology. In addition, he published articles in newspapers such as Los Angeles Times, La Opiniόn, and the Los Angeles Business Journal, and presented papers at professional and community conferences, including interviews for radio and television.
In 1993 he was the recipient of the Campaign For Human Development Empowerment award. This is the highest award given annually from the Office of Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to an individual whose life and work embodies action towards empowerment of the poor and commitment to institutional change that breaks cycles of poverty. Dr. Negrete also served as an officer of the campus California Faculty Association (CFA). The CSULA Alumni Association honored Dr. Negrete with the Distinguished Faculty Alumnus Award in 2000.
Dr. Negrete retired in June 2001, but continued to serve Cal State L.A. as a member of the President’s Associates that funds student scholarships, and as Vice President of the CSULA Friends of the Library Advisory Board. In June 2005 he was elected President of the CSULA Emeriti Association, and was also separately elected Delegate-at-Large on the State Council of the CSU Emeriti And Retired Faculty Association (CSU-ERFA) through 2008. Based on his faculty leadership and experiences at Cal State L.A., and direct participation in community service, Dr. Negrete published a book titled Chicano Homeland: The Movement in East Los Angeles for Mexican American Power, Justice and Equality (2016).
Administrative Support Coordinator
Phone/Ext: 3 - 2190
Office: King Hall C-4069