Graduate Directory

Mauricio Ernesto Ramirez
  • Title
    • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Division Graduate Studies Division, Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
    • History of Art/Visual Culture
  • Affiliations History of Art/Visual Culture
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Crown College Faculty Wing, 00
    • LALS Grad Lab
  • Mail Stop Merrill College

Research Interests

 My dissertation seeks to reinsert U.S. Central American art into the Latinx art discourse.

Biography, Education and Training

 Ph.D. Candidate, Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Emphasis in Visual Studies. Expected Graduation Date: 2021.

 M.A., Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2019.

 M.A.T., Visual Arts, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 2015.

B.A., Art (Studio), University of California, Santa Cruz, 2012.



Honors, Awards and Grants

UC President's Pre-Professoriate Fellow, 2020-2021

Latin American and Latino Studies, Small Research Grant,  UC Santa Cruz, 2019

Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2019

Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Dissertation Proposal Development Program, 2017

Outstanding TA Award for Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz, 2016

Selected Publications


Ramirez, Mauricio. “Visual Solidarity with Central America: An Interview with Maestra Muralista Juana Alicia.” Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Culture. Indiana University Press. Fall 2019 (Vol. 4, No. 1).


Ramirez, Mauricio. “¡Géntromancer! Battling Gentrification in San Francisco’s Mission District: An Interview with Josué Rojas.” Special Issue: U.S. Latinx Art, Then, Now, and Tomorrow. Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas, Fall 2019 (Vol. 12).


Ramirez, Mauricio. Review of The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco by Cary Cordova, The Journal of American Ethnic History. University of Illinois Press. Fall 2019 (Vol. 39, No. 1), pp. 104-105.


Selected Presentations

Art-as-activism: Latina/o Art of San Francisco’s Mission District in the Face of Gentrification,” Latino Art Now Conference, Houston, TX, April 2019


“Painting a Salvadoran American Diaspora in San Francisco,” Latina/o Studies Association Conference: Latinx Studies Now, Washington D.C., July 2018.


Murals, Art, and Gentrification in San Francisco,” Research Frontiers: The Politics of Change?! Social Sciences Take on 2016. University of California, Santa Cruz, October 2016


Who are the Mission District Murals for? Latina/o Aesthetics in a Gentrifying Neighborhood of San Francisco,” presenter, Latina/o Studies Association: Deliberating Latina/o Studies. Conference. Pasadena, CA, July 2016.

Teaching Interests

Teaching Experience (As Primary Instructor)


University of California, Santa Cruz

“Latinx Art and Representation,” Spring 2019

“Latinos in the U.S.: A Comparative Perspective,” Winter 2019


San Francisco State University

“History of Latinos in the U.S.,” Summer 2019

“Central Americans of the U.S.: History and Heritage,” Summer 2018