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Catherine S. Ramirez
  • Title
    • Professor & Chair
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
    • Merrill College
  • Affiliations Research Center for the Americas, History of Art/Visual Culture, Community Studies Program
  • Phone
    831-459-3020
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 108
  • Office Hours Fall 2021: Please email cathysue@ucsc.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise American Studies, Border Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies, Immigration, Latin American and Latino Studies, US History
  • Courses LALS 32: Citizens, Denizens, Aliens; LALS 100B: Cultural Theory in the Americas; LALS 112: Immigration & Assimilation; LALS 131: Latinx Literature; LALS 137: Speculative Fiction & Chicanafuturism; LALS 194A: Immigrant Storytelling; LALS 201: Research in Praxis; LALS 205: Comparison as Method

Summary of Expertise

Mexican American cultural and social history; race, migration, and citizenship; Latinx literary, cultural, and visual studies; immigrant narratives; comparative ethnic studies; feminist and gender studies; speculative fiction and Latinxfuturism

Research Interests

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I'm a scholar of Mexican American history; race, migration, and citizenship; comparative ethnic studies; Latinx literary, cultural, and visual studies; gender studies; and speculative fiction. 

I'm the author of Assimilation: An Alternative History (University of California Press, 2020) and The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009). With Sylvanna M. Falcón, Steven C. McKay, Juan Poblete, and Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, I'm coeditor of Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship (Rutgers University Press, 2021).

I've also written for The New York TimesThe Atlantic, Public Books, and Boom California.   

My current research project, "Picturing Migration," explores the ways migration has been visualized in the Global North by social scientists and photojournalists since the late nineteenth century. I'm also investigating the vexed relationship between migration and settler colonialism and the movement of Mexican food beyond the Americas. 



Biography, Education and Training

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I'm chair of the Latin American and Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

From 2013 to 2018, I directed UC Santa Cruz’s Chicano Latino Research Center, now the Research Center for the Americas.

I have a PhD in ethnic studies and a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Honors, Awards and Grants

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Selected Publications

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Selected Presentations

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Selected Recordings

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Teaching Interests

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Migration and citizenship studies; comparative ethnic studies; Latinx literary, cultural, and visual studies; United States cultural, ethnic, and immigration history and immigrant storytelling; Mexican American history; comparison as method in the humanities and qualitative social sciences; feminist and gender studies; speculative fiction and Latinxfuturism