Faculty

Catherine Sue Ramírez
  • Title
    • Associate 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 Fall 2018: Wed, 12-2pm, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BA9AB23A0F58-office1
  • 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 Taught LALS 32: Citizens, Denizens, Aliens; LALS 100B: Cultural Theory in the Americas; LALS 201: Research in Praxis; LALS 205: Comparative Mobilities

Summary of Expertise

Critical migration studies; United States cultural, ethnic, and immigration history; theories of citizenship; twentieth-century Mexican American history; comparative ethnic studies; feminist and gender studies; Latino literature; speculative fiction and alternative futurisms

Research Interests

I'm a scholar of race, gender, migration, mobility, and citizenship. My current book project, Assimilation: An Alternative History, is under contract with the University of California Press. 

I'm also a scholar of Mexican American history and Latinx culture. My book, The Woman in the Zoot Suit (Duke University Press, 2009), excavates the participation of Mexican American women in the zoot subculture of the 1940s and examines the significance of the zoot-suiter in Chicanx letters, culture, and activism since the 1960s. I've also published several essays on race, gender, and speculative fiction.  

Over 2016-17, I was the principal investigator of Non-citizenship, UC Santa Cruz's first Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture. I'm now co-editing with Sylvanna Falcón, Steve McKay, Juan Poblete, and Felicity Amaya Schaeffer Spectra of Belonging: Mobility, Precarity, Non/Citizenship, a volume examining how the movement of people and their incorporation, marginalization, and exclusion in society challenge older notions of citizenship and alienage.

From 2013 until 2018, I was director of UC Santa Cruz's Research Center for the Americas (formerly the Chicano Latino Research Center).

I'm a recipient of UC Santa Cruz's Excellence in Teaching Award (2010) and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001-02). Over 2018-19, I'm participating in UC Santa Cruz's inaugural Executive Vice Chancellor Fellows Academy.   

Honors, Awards and Grants

Selected Publications

Selected Recordings

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Teaching Interests

Critical migration studies; United States cultural, ethnic, and immigration history; theories of citizenship; twentieth-century Mexican American history; comparative ethnic studies; feminist and gender studies; Latino literature; speculative fiction