Young Scholars Symposium


This annual ILS symposium convenes young scholars who are working on a dissertation, a book, or another research project related to Latinas and Latinos in the United States. Participants are chosen through a national call for applicants. Selected young scholars present a chapter or essay in advance of the symposium. The Distinguished Visiting Professor – who ILS also brings to campus annually – serves as mentor and commentator for symposium participants and their work. ILS faculty members and graduate students also participate in the symposium sessions. The goal is to create an enriching environment that provides mentorship in the profession and helps make good scholarly work even better. 

2017 Young Scholars Symposium Participants:

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Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, Professor of Religious Studies and Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education, University of Miami – Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Lauren Frances Guerra, (PhD, Theology, Southern Methodist University), “Beautified by the Spirit: Towards a U.S. Latino/a Constructive Pneumatology.” 

Leo Guardado, (PhD candidate, Theology and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame), “The 1980s Sanctuary Movement: Discerning an Ecclesial Responsibility to Protect.” 

Melissa Guzman, (PhD, Sociology, San Francisco State University), “'A New You': Spiritual deliverance and the religious construction of Latina/o criminality.” 

Rebeca Hey-Colón, (PhD, Spanish, Colby College), “The Serpentine River: Anzaldúa's Spiritual Waters.” 

Ana-Maurine Lara, (PhD, Anthropology, University of Oregon), “‘Coloniality and the Catholic Church.” 

Daisy Vargas, (PhD candidate, History, University of California Riverside), “Between Church and State: Penitente Religion and American Secularism in New Mexico.”

2016 Young Scholars Symposium Participants:

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Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity, Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, Director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, University of Southern California– Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Melissa Abad, (PhD candidate, Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago), “The Geography of Immigrant Advocacy: Regional Networks and Immigration State Policy.” 

Allyson P. Brantley, (PhD candidate, History, Yale University), “‘Chale Con Coors!’: The Chicana/o Movement in the South-west and the Boycott of Coors Beer, 1967-1973.” 

Adrián Félix, (PhD, Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz), “Mythologies of Transnational Citizenship: The Political Life Cycle of Mexican Migrants.” 

Juan Herrera, (PhD, Ethnic Studies, Oregon State University), “Revolution Interrupted: Racial and Spatial Effects of the 1969 Tax Re- form Act.” 

Patrick Lopez-Aguado, (PhD, Sociology, Santa Clara University), “‘The Home Team’ at the Intersection of Prison and Neigh- borhood.” 

2015 Young Scholars Symposium Participants:

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Lloyd Barba (PhD candidate, American Culture, University of Michigan), “Farmworker Frames: Mexican Pentecostal Counternarratives in California.”

Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard Divinity School and Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University– Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professor

Kiku Huckle (PhD candidate, Political Science, University of Washington), “¿Es su casa mi casa? Latinos and the Catholic Church.”

Marzia Milazzo (PhD, Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, currently assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt University), “Encountering the Indian: Chicana Decolonial Imaginaries and Colorblind Logics.”

Aida I. Ramos (PhD, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, currently assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio), “A Matter of the Heart: Understanding Reasons for Latino/a Catholic to Protestant Conversion.”

Javier Ramirez (PhD candidate, Film and Media Studies, Indiana University), “Mexican Cinema in el otro lado: A Case Study of the Exhibition of Angelitos negros in San Antonio, Texas.”

Sujey Vega (PhD, Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, currently assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University), “Latinos as Lamanites: Present, Past, and Complicated Identities in Latino Mormondom.”

2014 Young Scholars Symposium Participants:

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Arlene Dávila, Professor of Anthropology, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University – Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professor

Priscilla Leiva (PhD candidate, American Studies, University of Southern California), “Dodgertown, Home of Los Doyers: Contested Civic Identities in Majority-Minority Los Angeles.” 

Jesse Mumm (PhD candidate, Anthropology, Northwestern University), “Aquí Luchamos: Gentrification, Sovereignty and Displacement in Puerto Rican Chicago.” 

Belinda Linn Rincón (PhD, English, Cornell University, currently assistant professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies and English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY), “The Chicana/Latina Patriot and the Feminist Soldier: Representations of the Chicana/Latina Soldier in the Global War on Terror.”

Michael Rodriguez-Muñiz (PhD candidate, Sociology, Brown University), “Awakening the Sleeping Giant: The ‘Latino Vote,’ Electoral Demonstrations, and the Politics of Statistics.”

Jonathan Rosa (PhD, Linguistic and Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Chicago, currently assistant professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst), “‘Latino Flavors’: Ethnoracial Emblems, Embodiments, and Enactments.”

Belkys Torres (PhD, English, University of Notre Dame, currently academic director, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Miami), “Transmedia Storytelling and Contemporary Latina/o Fiction.”