Faculty Affiliates

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
  • 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 194A: Immigrant Storytelling; LALS 201: Research in Praxis; LALS 205: Comparative Mobilities/Comparison as Method

Summary of Expertise

Migration and citizenship studies; assimilation and immigrant integration; Latinx literary, cultural, and visual studies; United States cultural, ethnic, and immigration history; Mexican American history; comparative ethnic studies; feminist and gender studies; speculative fiction and alternative futurisms

Research Interests

My current research interests include race, migration, citizenship, and immigrant integration. My current book projects are Assimilation: An Alternative History and Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Non-citizenship. The former excavates the history of the concept of assimilation in the United States and explores what's at stake in debates regarding assimilation and assimilability. The latter, a volume I'm co-editing with Sylvanna Falcón, Steve McKay, Juan Poblete, and Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, emerges from Borders and Belonging, a series of events on human migration hosted by UC Santa Cruz's Chicano Latino Research Center (now the Research Center for the Americas) in the spring of 2016, and Non-citizenship, our 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture.


I'm also a scholar of Mexican American history, women's history, feminist and queer theory, popular, visual, and material culture, and speculative fiction. My 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 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," explores the nexus of race, gender, technology, environment, and futurity.  

Over 2019-20, I'm developing a project on immigrant integration as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  
     

Biography, Education and Training

I'm Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My current research interests include migration, citizenship, and immigrant integration and my current book project is titled Assimilation: An Alternative History (under contract with the University of California Press). I'm the author of The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009) and several essays on race, gender, and science fiction. From 2013 to 2018, I directed UC Santa Cruz’s Chicano Latino Research Center, now the Research Center for the Americas. 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. A first-generation college student and a participant in the University of California’s First-Generation Initiative, I hold a Ph.D. in ethnic studies and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. I'm a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, UC Santa Cruz’s highest teaching honor, and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Over 2019-20, I'm developing a project on immigrant integration as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  

 

Honors, Awards and Grants

Selected Publications

Selected Recordings

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Teaching Interests

Migration and citizenship studies; Latinx literary, cultural, and visual studies; United States cultural, ethnic, and immigration history; Mexican American history; comparative ethnic studies; feminist and gender studies; speculative fiction and alternative futurisms