Faculty Directory

Catherine S. Ramirez
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
    • Merrill College
  • Affiliations Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
    831-459-3020
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-3125
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 108
  • Office Hours Winter 2021: Please email me to sign up for 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, US History, Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Courses LALS 32: Citizens, Denizens, Aliens; LALS 100B: Cultural Theory in the Americas; 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

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

Research Interests

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I'm a scholar of race, migration, and citizenship; Mexican American history; immigrant narratives; Latinx literary, cultural, and visual studies; gender studies; and speculative fiction. My current research interests are economic migration in and beyond the United States, Latinx studies beyond the Americas, and photography and migration.

My book, Assimilation: An Alternative History (University of California Press, 2020), narrates a history of the concept of assimilation in the United States and looks at what's at stake in debates about assimilation and assimilability.

With Sylvanna M. Falcón, Steve McKay, Juan Poblete, and Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, I'm coeditor of Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship (forthcoming from Rutgers University Press in 2021). Our volume stems from Borders and Belonging, a series of events on human migration that I convened in the spring of 2016 when I was director of UC Santa Cruz's Chicano Latino Research Center (now the Research Center for the Americas). Precarity and Belonging also grows out of Non-citizenship, my 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures.

My first book, The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009), excavates the participation of Mexican American women in the World War II-era zoot subculture and looks at the significance of the figures of the pachuca and pachuco in twentieth-century Chicanx cultural production.

My work on Chicanafuturism, a term I coined in my 2004 essay, "Deus ex Machina: Tradition, Technology, and the Chicanafuturist Art of Marion C. Martinez," examines the nexus of race, gender, technology, environment, and futurity.  



Biography, Education and Training

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I'm Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I began working at UC Santa Cruz as an Assistant Professor in 2002.

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

I've been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University; UC Santa Cruz’s first Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures; and the Excellence in Teaching Award, UC Santa Cruz’s highest teaching honor.

With Geraldo Cadava and A. Naomi Paik, I co-edit the Borderlands section of Public Books. I serve on the board of directors of Humanizing Deportation/Humanizando la deportación; on the editorial board of the Rutgers University Press Latinidad series; on the advisory board of the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement; and as a consultant to Vanessa Sanchez and La Mezcla's dance production Pachuquísmo. I'm also a member of Translations of Migration, a group of migration scholars based in the US, the UK, and Europe.

A first-generation college student and a participant in the University of California’s First-Generation Initiative, I hold a PhD in ethnic studies, with a designated emphasis in gender and women's studies, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Honors, Awards and Grants

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Selected Publications

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Selected Recordings

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Teaching Interests

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Migration and citizenship 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; comparative ethnic studies; feminist and gender studies; speculative fiction and alternative futurisms