Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies


Current Fellows

Enrique DávilaEnrique Dávila
Dávila studies the history of reform movements in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands at the turn of the twentieth century, in particular the populist activism of Mexican and Mexican-Americans who confronted economic and racial discrimination by pursuing equality, dignity, and unity in a newly transformed and globalized border region.

Past Fellows

Cecilia Valenzuela, whose research highlights the literacies and knowledges shared and produced by young adult Latinx students who explored sound and audio technologies through embodied, digital and mobile listening practices. Specifically, it examines the complex ways students use sound to renegotiate their political locations and articulate the affective dimensions of their lives. (2019-2020)

Sandibel Borges, investigates how heteronormativity, white supremacy, and exploitation are naturalized and institutionalized within migration processes, and their impact on Latinx LGBTQ migrants in Los Angeles, California and LGBTQ returning migrants in Mexico City, Mexico. (2019-2020)

Edna Ledesma, the spatial configuration of the 21st century American city, in particular the landscape of immigrant populations, micro-economies, and how inclusion within the design process can build more pluralistic places. (2018-2019)

Rebeca L. Hey-Colón, the connections between the Caribbean diaspora, Chicanx communities, and broader Latinx Studies by analyzing the presence of water, in particular, the relationship between water, borders, bodies, and spirituality in Chicana and Caribbean Latina authors. (2017-2018)

Wanda Alarcón, decolonial feminism, U.S. third world feminism, sound studies, popular music, and Chicana literature; in particular, 80s soundscapes in Chicana Literature. (2016-2017)

Belem López, how prior informal translation experience or language brokering experience affects a bilingual’s ability to access idiomatic meaning across and within language boundaries. (2015-2017) 

Marcel Brousseau, adaptation of Óscar Martínez’s migration account Los migrantes que no importan into a moralized cartography; climate control as a bordering technique. (2015-2017)

Priscilla Leiva, stadiums both as sites for and sites of consumption to understand the ways in which the meaning of stadiums has shifted since the postwar era and how these shifts serve as critical windows into how cities and franchises managed racial, ethnic and gender difference over time. (2014-2015)

Isabel Millán, children's media that challenges “childnormativity,” or the ways in which children's cultural productions replicate normalcy and its relationship to transborder children's cultural studies as a disciplinary bridge between studies of girlhood, children, Latinidad, and queer theory. (2013-2014)

Monica Muñoz Martinez, state-sanctioned racial violence in the early twentieth century southwest Texas, particularly the efforts of women and families to reclaim political rights and rebuild their communities in the aftermath of lynching and the strategies utilized by Texas residents and Mexican immigrants to demand public reckoning with the long legacies of racial terror. (2012-2014)

Robb Hernandez, queer visual aesthetics of the Chicano avant-garde. (2011-2012)

Stacy I. Macías, historic and contemporary representations, alternative meanings, and radical political possibilities of queerly racialized or counter-Chicana and Latina femininities in literary, visual, material, and sub-cultural scenes. (2011-2012)

Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández, gathering of statistical evidence of Mexican state-sponsored genocide and the numeric dispersal of the Yaqui population as a part of early 20th century capitalist exchange between the U.S., Mexico and Cuba. (2010-2011)