Research Clusters Recipients

2018 – 2019 
Interrogating the Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class to Examine Brazil's Current Reactionary Wave
Coordinator: Marina Segatti, graduate student, Department of Feminist Studies

Caribbean Studies
Co-coordinators: Juan C. Dávila Santiago and Rafael Delgadillo, graduate students, Department of Latin American and Latino Studies

Indigenous Futurisms in the Americas: Decolonizing Space-Time(s) in Feminist Science
Co-coordinators: Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies and Victoria Sanchez, graduate student, Department of Latin American and Latino Studies

Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment (WHGE) Student Ambassadors
Co-coordinators: Michelle Parra and Roxanna Villalobos, graduate students, Department of Sociology

 

 

2017 – 2018
edu outcomes Educational Outcomes among Latino, Immigrant and Disadvantaged Students
 Coordinator: Robert Fairlie, Economics

The question of how to improve educational outcomes among Latino, immigrant, and disadvantaged students animates this interdisciplinary cluster. By examining and discussing the growing body of data on grades, test scores, and graduation and retention rates, we seek to find ways to improve students' educational outcomes and to reduce inequality in our society.

blackmarism.jpg Pocos Pero Locos: Black Radical Thought in the Americas
 Coordinators: Andrea Vazquez, Graduate Student in Education; Uriel Serrano, Graduate Student in Sociology and Karla Reyes, Graduate Student in Latin American and Latino Studies 

 Pocos Pero Locos is a collaborative research cluster that explores how Black Radical Thought is part of Latinx, Chicanx, and  Black Studies thought (and vice versa). This cluster locates the work of Black Radical Thinkers from different historical and geographical contexts to examine how Black Radical Thought (BRT) interacts with discourses and frameworks in Latino/a, Chicano/a and Latin American Studies.


No-Human-Being-is-illegal-2.jpg Latin America and The Global Politics of the Refugee and Migration Management   Regimes
 Coordinators: Cesar Estrella and Gabriela Segura, Graduate Students in Latin American and   Latino Studies

 The main focus of this Cluster is to discuss the impact of the global politics of the migration   and refugee management regime on Latin America, taking into consideration the social,   legal and political changes and challenges that the region has been experiencing in terms of migration and refugee issues.


Exploring Youth Participant Research as Decolonization
Coordinators: Karina Ruiz and Daniel Rodriguez Ramirez, Graduate Students in Latin American & Latino Studies and S. Sylvane Vaccarino, Graduate Student in Social Psychology

The Youth Participant Research as Decolonization research cluster is a group interested in youth engagement through a participant-centered lens for a decolonization of research and knowledge production. Beginning with an educational collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz, our efforts to answer teens’ Latinx history questions highlight the need for our development as researchers interested in community engaged research, decolonized methodologies, critical consciousness, and youth engagement. Click here to watch a two-minute video about this project.


Diasporic Dialectics in the Américas
Coordinator: Adrián Félix, Latin American and Latino Studies

The research cluster on Diasporic Dialectics in the Américas showcases work on the political convulsions careening through the continent, that are often bound up in hemispheric processes of migration and displacement. By focusing on political struggle, this research cluster seeks to highlight the tensions between diaspora, state power and social change in the Américas. 

2016 – 2017

migratory debateA migratory debate in Latin America and the United States
Coordinators: Cesar Estrella, and Emilia Valenzuela, and Edher Zamudio


The focus of this cluster is to examine the current context of immigration in Latin America and the United States by 1. discussing current works on transnational migration, state policies, and race, in the United States and 2. connecting this debate with the current intra-regional immigration in Latin American countries. 

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  The Cultural Transition to College
  Coordinator: Rebecca Covarrubias, Psychology

  This cluster aims to explore the college transition stories of first-generation college students, particularly from Latino/a backgrounds, as they navigate the cultural expectations of family and school. In reading, analyzing, and discussing collected interviews with first-generation college students at UCSC, our aim is to inform best practices for creating culture-relevant strategies, policies, and programs that support a growing population of students.

felix morean  Diasporic Dialectics in the Américas

  Coordinator: Adrián Félix, Latin American and Latino Studies

  The research cluster on Diasporic Dialectics in the Américas showcases work on the political convulsions careening through the continent, that are often one of the driving forces behind hemispheric processes of migration and displacement. By focusing on political struggle, this research cluster seeks to highlight the tensions between diaspora, state power and social change in the Américas.

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  Latino Literary Cultures

  Coordinator: Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Literature

This interdisciplinary initiative studies and promotes creative writing centered upon Latina/o/x culture in the US: past, present, and future. The cluster is particularly interested in the inventive use of multiple languages; in the global circulation and translation of cultural latinidades; and in the ways that new forms of literacy are changing the relationship of text to visual and sound media.

tatiane banned tv image  Latin American and Latina/o Visual Studies
  Coordinator: Jennifer González, History of Art and Visual Culture

 This cluster’s goal is to establish venues of dialogue between Latina/o/x art and Latin American artists, providing visibility to  local artists and opening a space for discussion on the relationships (and tensions) between these two "categories" in the art  field. Themes discussed in the events promoted by the cluster will include decolonization, diaspora and immigration, race, gender, sexuality, the body, indigeneity, political activism, environmental activism, technology, and performance art.

Claudia Lopez Flor and daughter talking  Non-citizenship: Spectrum of Belonging
  Coordinator: Emily Mitchell-Eaton, Chicano Latino Research Center Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

  This interdisciplinary initiative fosters intellectual engagement on the themes of migration, mobility, and (non)citizenship, unpacking and challenging formal conceptions of belonging that are often framed as binary, state-constructed categories of citizenship. Instead, we examine political membership as a spectrum of belonging, a framework that offers a more nuanced understanding of the different meanings of migrant, citizenship, and sovereignty, particularly in the current political context where borders create clear boundaries between those who are included as part of the nation and those who are perpetually excluded from it. 

Imagining Sexual Futures: Utopian Longing and Queer Futurity in the Americas
Coordinator: Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, Feminist Studies

Rhythms of Resistance: Structural Violence and the Articulating of Latinidad in Hip Hop

Coordinators: Karina Hurtado Maldonado and Ismael Illescas, Doctoral Students, Latin American and Latino Studies

This cluster examines the contradictions in the commodification of Latin American and Latina/o hip hop in global capitalist circuits. We investigate the current relationship between cultural industries and transnational imaginaries, and how these shape new forms of engagement with notions of agency and structure, focusing on Latin American and Latino/a experience in the making of Latinidad

2015 – 2016

Cluster.EDO.ThumbEducational Outcomes among Latino, Immigrant, and Disadvantaged Students

Coordinator:  Professor Robert Fairlie, Economics

The question of how to improve educational outcomes among Latino, immigrant, and disadvantaged students animates this interdisciplinary cluster.  By examining and discussing the growing body of data on grades, test scores, and graduation and retention rates, we seek to find ways to improve students' educational outcomes and to reduce inequality in our society.

Cluster.LLC.ThumbLatino Literary Cultures Project/Proyecto culturas literarias latinas

Coordinators:  Professor Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Literature, and Professor Cecilia M. Rivas, Latin American and Latino Studies

This interdisciplinary initiative of faculty and graduate students studies and promotes creative writing by and about US Latinas and Latinos, past and present.  Since 2006, it has brought students and scholars together with writers, translators, reviewers, and librarians through a major biennial conference, as well as smaller events on topics like Latinos and new media.  The Project is particularly interested in the inventive use of multiple languages; in the global circulation and translation of Latino culture; and in the ways that new forms of literacy in the digital age are changing the relationship of text to visual and sound media.

Migration and Mobility

Coordinator:  Professor Catherine S. Ramírez, Latin American and Latino Studies

This interdisciplinary cluster brings together faculty and graduate students who study the movement (be it forced or restricted) of people and their incorporation, marginalization, or exclusion in society.  As we explore questions, concerns, and gaps in migration studies, we welcome perspectives on diverse groups, periods, and places, including north-south, south-south, transnational, and intraregional migration.  
 

CLRC logoPolitics of Forced Migration

Coordinator:  Professor Adrián Félix, Latin American and Latino Studies

This cluster showcases research on migration by faculty and graduate students across departments and divisions as it seeks to push the conceptual boundaries of what counts as "politics" and what constitutes "forced" migration.




2014 – 2015

Cluster.LLC.ThumbLatino Literary Cultures Project/Proyecto culturas literarias latinas

Coordinator:  Professor Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Literature

This interdisciplinary initiative of faculty and graduate students studies and promotes creative writing by and about US Latinas and Latinos, past and present.  Since 2006, it has brought students and scholars together with writers, translators, reviewers, and librarians through a major biennial conference, as well as smaller events on topics like Latinos and new media.  The Project is particularly interested in the inventive use of multiple languages; in the global circulation and translation of Latino culture; and in the ways that new forms of literacy in the digital age are changing the relationship of text to visual and sound media. 

Migration and Mobility


Coordinator:  Professor Catherine S. Ramírez, Latin American and Latino Studies

This interdisciplinary cluster brings together faculty and graduate students who study the movement (be it forced or restricted) of people and their incorporation, marginalization, or exclusion in society.  As we explore questions, concerns, and gaps in migration studies, we welcome perspectives on diverse groups, periods, and places, including north-south, south-south, transnational, and intraregional migration.

CLRC logoPolitics of Forced Migration

Coordinator:  Professor Adrián Félix, Latin American and Latino Studies

This cluster showcases research on migration by faculty and graduate students across departments and divisions as it seeks to push the conceptual boundaries of what counts as "politics" and what constitutes "forced" migration.


2013 – 2014

Cluster.EDO.ThumbEducational Outcomes among Latino, Immigrant, and Disadvantaged Students

Coordinator:  Professor Robert Fairlie, Economics

The question of how to improve educational outcomes among Latino, immigrant, and disadvantaged students animates this interdisciplinary cluster.  By examining and discussing the growing body of data on grades, test scores, and graduation and retention rates, we seek to find ways to improve students' educational outcomes and to reduce inequality in our society.

Cluster.LLC.ThumbLatino Literary Cultures Project/Proyecto culturas literarias latinas

Coordinator:  Professor Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Literature

This interdisciplinary initiative of faculty and graduate students studies and promotes creative writing by and about US Latinas and Latinos, past and present.  Since 2006, it has brought students and scholars together with writers, translators, reviewers, and librarians through a major biennial conference, as well as smaller events on topics like Latinos and new media.  The Project is particularly interested in the inventive use of multiple languages; in the global circulation and translation of Latino culture; and in the ways that new forms of literacy in the digital age are changing the relationship of text to visual and sound media.
 

CLRC logoPolitics of Forced Migration

Coordinator:  Professor Adrián Félix, Latin American and Latino Studies

This cluster showcases research on migration by faculty and graduate students across departments and divisions as it seeks to push the conceptual boundaries of what counts as "politics" and what constitutes "forced" migration.