table of course offerings 2018-19
FALL 2018
LALS 1 Introduction to Latin American & Latino Studies Arredondo
LALS 90 Contemporary Brazil Pinho
LALS 95 Undergraduate Research Seminar Ruiz
LALS 100 Concepts & Theories in Latin American & Latino Studies Patel
LALS 122 Media & Nationalism Rivas
LALS 143J Global Political Economy (taught in Spanish) Estrella
LALS 171 Brazil in Black & White (taught in Portuguese) Pinho
LALS 172 Visualizing Human Rights Falcón
LALS 180 Borders: Real & Imagined Patel
LALS 194R Violencia Cotidiana en las Americas (taught in Spanish) Rivas
LALS 1 Introduction to Latin American & Latino Studies Patel
LALS 30 Social Movements in Latin America Illescas
LALS 80F Latinos in the US: A Comparative Perspective M. Ramirez
LALS 100A Social Science Analytics Taft
LALS 143 Race & Ethnicity Patel
LALS 152 Consumer Cultures Between the Americas Rivas
LALS 157 Las Revoluciones Sociales (taught in Spanish) Balloffet
LALS 169 South America: History, Society, and Culture Erbig
LALS 194X Extractivism & Socio-Environmental Conflicts in the Americas Leiva
LALS 5 Introduction to Human Rights & Social Justice Falcón
LALS NEW TBD (film and dictatorship class)
LALS 80E Latin American Philosophy Rasmus
LALS 100B Cultural Theory in the Americas Pinho
LALS 124 Brazilian Cinema Seara
LALS 133 Latina/o Art & Representation M. Ramirez
LALS 158 Latin American Political Economy Leiva
LALS NEW The Americas Balloffet
LALS 170 Indigenous Struggles in the Americas Erbig
LALS 178 Gender, Transnationalism, and Globalization Patel
LALS 194B NEW senior seminar on Global Migration Balloffet
LALS 194D New senior seminar TBD Ramirez

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Mauricio Ernesto Ramirez
  • Title
    • Graduate Student
  • Division Graduate Studies Division, Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
    • History of Art/Visual Culture
    • Research Center for the Americas
  • Affiliations History of Art/Visual Culture
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • LALS Grad Lab
  • Mail Stop Merrill College

Research Interests


My dissertation seeks to reinsert Central Americans into the Latina/o art discourse. Few scholars have examined the impact Central Americans play in the San Francisco Bay Area Latina/o art and Chicana/o art of the 1980s-2000s. I focus on  San Francisco Bay Area Chicana/o’s artists who created artwork in solidarity with the Central American diaspora of the 1980s. My research seeks to add the emerging body of work on Latina/o art by focusing on Chicana/o’s art-activist approach creating artworks such as murals, posters, and fine art, in solidarity with Central-America. I plan to carry out a detailed analysis of the San Francisco Bay Area Central American artwork, I also investigate the artworks interactions with its multiple audiences, taking into account its historical, social, political, cultural, and geographical communities and location.

Biography, Education and Training

  • The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Visual Art, December 2014
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, CA. Bachelor of Arts, June 2012.  

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2017

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

  • Outstanding TA Award for Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz, 2016
  • Vice-Chancellor for Research Graduate Student Grant, UC Santa Cruz, 2016
  • Gates Millennium Scholar, 2007-2014
  • Graduate Student Grant, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 2013-2014
  • Dean’s Award and Chancellor’s Award, Arts Division, UC Santa Cruz, 2011

Selected Presentations

  • “Murals, Art, and Gentrification in San Francisco,” presenter, 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.
  • “1984 Artist Call: Against U.S. Intervention in Central America,” presenter, USEU’s 7th Annual Statewide Conference. Conference. University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA), April 2015.
  • “Latin American and Latina/o Art: Political Activism,” invited lecture for LLS 124- Latina/o’s in the United States- The Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, NY, March 2015.
  • “Central American Murals in the Mission District of San Francisco: A History of Resistance Painted on Walls,” presenter, USEU’s 4th Annual Statewide Conference. Conference. California State University, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA), April 2012.

Teaching Interests


Teaching Experience (As Teaching Assistant)

  • History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC):

    ·   Race and American Visual Arts, Winter 2017

    ·   Introduction to U.S. Art and Visual Culture, Fall 2016


    Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS):

    ·   Cultural Theories in the Americas, Spring 2017

    ·   Central American Peoples and Cultures, Winter 2016

    ·   Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies, Fall 2015